If there's one sweet thing you shouldn't give up, it's the sugar in your face and body scrub! Sugar is a naturally gentle abrasive which helps to remove dead skin from your face, lips and body to restore and refresh tired, clogged pores.
There's nothing more luxurious than scooping out a handful of a fresh, fruity body scrub, but did you know that many mainstream body scrubs can be full of nasty ingredients that might do more harm than good? Mainstream scrubs can contain irritating ingredients which strip your skin of its natural oils. And that's before mentioning the use of environmentally dangerous plastic microbeads, which often end up in our waterways, harming marine and coral life.1 Regularly using lotions, sunscreen and body oils can result in clogged pores. Exfoliating your skin once or twice a week helps speed up the skin's regeneration process, removing dead skin cells and unclogging pores to refresh, smooth and polish skin.
Why should we exfoliate?
Hormonal and dietary influences can impact your skin, causing dryness, bumps and spots on the skin's surface, and a sebum build-up. Overexposure to environmental stressors like wind and sunlight can often cause further damage, leading to flaky skin. A build-up of your skin's natural oils can often exacerbate skin conditions such as Keratosis Pilaris, so it's essential to give your skin a helping hand to keep it unclogged and clarified by regularly exfoliating. Natural abrasive sugar granules can help remove dry, flaky skin cells and brighten tired, dull-looking skin to promote smooth, healthy and flawless skin.
What are the benefits of Sugar scrubs?
Sugar makes an amazing abrasive ingredient in scrubs. It's a natural humectant, which means it retains moisture and ensures skin is kept hydrated, making it ideal for delicate and sensitive skin, especially because it melts away upon contact with water. Sugar is also known to be a pure, natural source of Glycolic Acid, also known as an AHA, which helps to break down dead, flaky skin and help support cell turnover.2 It's extremely effective at treating mature skin while still being gentle and non-irritating on sensitive skin. Combined with nourishing oils, sugar scrubs can be used before or during bathing for a thorough exfoliating treatment that leaves skin smooth, soft and supple. You might even find that your skin care products work more effectively on exfoliated skin, as pores are unclogged and able to retain more moisture. Getting rid of dry, dead skin cells helps to reveal smoother skin which can also prolong the life of your fake tan.
Natural Sugar scrubs for the face
Pollen Botanicals Honey & Sugar Scrub
Formulated especially for skin prone to breakouts, the Pollen Botanicals Honey & Sugar Exfoliator contains Organic Sugar, Raw Honey and Molasses. Honey and sugar scrub benefits include removing dead skin cells and unblocking pores, thanks to their soothing and antibacterial properties, making this handmade formula ideal for acne-prone skin. Organic Kiwi and Papaya Extracts provide natural exfoliation from fruit acids, while Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil delivers a soft and uplifting scent. To use, partially dissolve a small amount with water, then apply to your face. Scrub smoothly in circular motions until completely dissolved and remove with warm water. This fantastic scrub has over 150 5-star reviews!
Ethique Gingersnap Face Scrub
The Ethique Gingersnap Solid Face Scrub provides gentle exfoliating action in a unique block style, leaving skin glowing and invigorated. With 16 solid bars, each block is formulated from a blend of nourishing Jojoba Oil, Brown Sugar and Cocoa Butter, with a delicious, mildly spicy scent from natural Ginger, Vanilla and Cinnamon Extracts. Ideal for all skin types, each block lasts for two uses. Just snap off a square like it's a piece of chocolate and use the gently abrasive, vegan and gluten-free bar to buff away dead skin cells for rejuvenated and moisturised skin. To use, wet your face and a single cube with warm water, then gently buff in small circles, massaging in until sugar dissolves. Rinse off with warm water.
Happy Skincare Spoonful of Sugar Exfoliating Scrub
Using a base of soft Brown Sugar and soothing Coconut Oil, the Happy Skincare Spoonful of Sugar Exfoliating Scrub helps to buff and polish skin while providing added moisture. This gentle yet hardworking scrub also contains super-fine grain Bamboo Powder to remove dead skin, while Shea Butter and Cucumber Seed Oil soothe and hydrate the skin. Helping to reveal a radiant skin tone and smooth texture, this vegan scrub may be suitable for all skin types and can be used on both face and body. Adjust the thickness and strength of the scrub by adding the desired amount of water, and wash off with a soft cloth or a Life Basics Konjac Sponge - Bamboo Charcoal for extra power.
Sugar scrubs for the lips
Buddy Scrub Lip Scrub Choc Mint
Designed to gently exfoliate, plump and soften lips, the Buddy Scrub Lip Scrub Choc Mint also contains natural plant-based butters, oils, and waxes, including Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil to soothe, nourish and hydrate lips. With natural Cacao Powder and Mint Flavour, this vegan, chocolatey scrub smells so good you'll want to eat it too. To use, wet lips and apply a small amount, then massage in using a circular motion, leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse.
Buddy Scrub Lip Scrub Matcha & Lime
This zesty, vegan formula is Australian made and ideal for maintaining soft, plump, kissable lips! With antioxidant-rich Green Tea powder and Lime Oil, the Buddy Scrub Lip Scrub Matcha & Lime has a deliciously fresh Matcha and Citrus scent. With natural Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil, this nourishing exfoliant helps smooth and hydrate lips to provide a flawless base for lasting lip colour application.
Sugar scrubs for the body
Organic Shop Body Scrub Organic Cocoa & Sugar
The Organic Shop Body Scrub Organic Cocoa & Sugar is a deeply energising, hydrating and deliciously fragrant body scrub. Formulated with natural Sugar, Shea Butter and Cocoa Seed Butter, this Belgian chocolate-scented scrub may leave skin moisturised, awakened and replenished, especially if you're a chocolate lover! With a gentle detoxifying, buffing action, this invigorating and conditioning scrub can be used on damp skin two or three times a week to moisturise and maintain suppleness.
Organic Shop Body Scrub Organic Mango & Sugar
The Organic Shop Body Scrub in Kenyan Mango is a luxuriously mango-scented sugar body scrub. With its delicious fruity aroma from Organic Mango Extract, this scrub works to nourish and exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft, silky and glowing thanks to the skin-softening properties of Shea Butter. This Certified Natural formula is ideal for a refreshing weekly exfoliation treatment.
Source: 1Sydney Morning Herald, 2The Huffington Post.