BeautyWhite or brown sugar to exfoliate the skin: benefits and contraindications

White or brown sugar to exfoliate the skin: benefits and contraindications

White sugar or brown sugar provide benefits as natural skin exfoliants, but they also have their contraindications. We discover their properties and when it is not appropriate to use them.

Although sugar, whether it is white sugar or brown sugar, is traditionally used as a sweetener for different dishes and drinks (although as we have already told you on many occasions, it is not the most appropriate option due to its effects on our health), we can use it in natural beauty recipes, and not precisely as an artificial sweetener.

In fact, as with other ingredients such as sea ​​salt, did you know that it can act as an excellent skin exfoliator? It is useful when it comes to enjoying a well-cared complexion free of impurities, giving our skin an appearance that is not only fresh, but much younger.

The reason is found in its qualities to exfoliate the skin, by eliminating all the dead cells present in it, with which we also get – at last – to make blackheads disappear.

Differences between sugar and sea salt as a skin exfoliant

Although it is common and customary for both ingredients to be used equally in the preparation of different beauty recipes to exfoliate our skin naturally, the truth is that many people prefer sugar to sea salt.

Why? Mainly because it tends not to dry out the skin or attack it, something that does happen with sea salt because while it exfoliates deeply, it tends to eliminate the moisture present in the different cells of the skin, drying it out on many occasions.

In fact, unlike sea salt, which simply exfoliates the skin when applied by abrasion, sugar contains an acid called glycolic, a natural compound which also exfoliates the skin on a chemical level, as well as by abrasion. But since it is so abrasive, its use is only recommended on the skin of the body (not the face). Of course, if you want to use it on the face, it should always be done with caution.

Benefits when exfoliating the skin with sugar

  • Deep cleaning: sugar, whether white or brown, stands out for being a true exfoliator in depth, so it helps to cleanse the skin and eliminate dead cells accumulated in it in a deep, fast and effective way.
  • Exfoliation at a chemical level: as we mentioned in the previous lines, sugar contains natural glycolic acid, which helps exfoliate the skin at a chemical level, and not just by abrasion. This is precisely one of the main differences between sugar and sea salt as exfoliating products.
  • Smooth and clean skin: when we exfoliate our skin with sugar we will see just a few minutes later how it becomes smooth and clean, improving both its appearance and appearance. This is because in addition to removing dead cells, it helps reduce the presence of blackheads.
  • Easy to use: although there are countless recipes with sugar to exfoliate the skin, in which we can use it together with honey, lemon or olive oil, it is as simple as mixing it with neutral soap and applying it to the face.

Contraindications: when not to use sugar as an exfoliant

Although sugar can generally act as a wonderful exfoliant without side effects, we do have to pay attention to its contraindications; that is, when it is not advisable to use it to exfoliate the skin.

It is not recommended to use it on the skin, but it is recommended on the rest of the body since it is too abrasive. For this reason, its use is not recommended on sensitive or irritated skin. It is also not recommended for sunburned skin (i.e. with sunburn).

However, if you want to use it on facial skin, it should only be used once or twice a month, no more.


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