Sugar for your heath? Sure!
Originally posted: Monday, Dec 1, 2008
Sugar may not be the best cure for a sweet tooth, however it has
wonderful health benefits for your skin.
Sugar can be very healing for people with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. It exfoliates the skin and cleans deep into the pores, is great for an all-over body scrub and polisher yet gentle enough for sensitive facial skin even as a daily cleanser.
You don’t need expensive lotions, sugar is rich in natural alpha-hydroxy which gives you glowing skin by promoting the growth of a healthier more uniformly colored and textured skin. It also moisturizes and restores skin to a soft supple texture.
Many high-end spas use sugar scrubs as an expensive beauty treatment, but you can do it at home for a fraction of the cost. Sugar spreads easily over damp skin and rinses cleanly away.
Sugar scrubs are great for all skin types, especially dry to very dry skin and even benefit acne-prone skin will benefit. Sugar scrubs can be used after shaving to sooth irritation. They are very safe with no side effects and are even safe to use on children. They quickly help heal blemishes, absorb the dirt and oil from pores, and balance the natural oils in the skin and are even a great exfoliant for the lips.
Sugar also hydrates skin without clogging pores and is absorbed in about one minute, because sugar is also a humectant, it helps draw moisture to the skin throughout the day. With sugar cleansing there is no need for a separate cleanser and a separate moisturizing product.
Here is a sweet recipe that can be modified to suit just about anyone,
and has healing benefits for all skin types.
2 parts organic cane sugar
1 part virgin organic olive oil or coconut oil
Stir and put into sealed jars (simple as that)
Contrary to popular belief, all oils do not aggravate acne. Organic pure olive oil and coconut oil contain fatty acids that have extraordinary antimicrobial properties known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, and parasites.
For a “fluffier” whipped version:
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1 cup organic cane sugar
1 tbsp filtered water
Whip your oil with a hand-head stick blender until it's creamy. Add in the water slowly while it's being whipped. Pour in sugar slowly as you continue to whip, until you have the desired consistency.
(makes several jars)
To customize your scrubs you can add any of the following:
Mix 2 parts organic coco powder to 1 part organic oil for a rich chocolaty antioxidant rich scrub… how sweet is that!
Even a little organic coffee will make a lively body scrub. Applied topically coffee is said to help redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite.
Add some organic (food grade) aloe vera juice in place of some
of the oil for its soothing properties.
A tiny pinch of cinnamon and cloves will make for a nice spicy holiday scent that even men would love and helps improve circulation, use brown sugar for this recipe.
Everyone loves vanilla, regular organic baking vanilla or a scraped out vanilla bean can be added to the coffee scrub or added alone for the delightful scent.
Try adding a few drops of your favorite pure organic essential oil
for healing benefits and a soft scent.
Organic brown sugar works just as well as the cane sugar for a warmer look to your scrub.
For a summer scrub, replace some of the olive/coconut oil with organic sesame seed oil for its
sun protecting properties.
For extremely dry skin add a little sweet almond oil or avocado oil.
Bentonite or kaolin (Cosmetic-grade) clay will help detoxify and purify the skin as will seaweed.
Add a little liquid or shredded pure soap such as Dr. Bronners Baby mild for a little bubbly effect.
Grind some fresh seeds in your coffee grinder such as flax seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds or oats and add some of this powder to the scrub for extra exfoliating and nutrient benefits.
Be creative and any of the above combinations will make for a fantastic skin treatment and wonderful gift.
You can purchase quality oils and ingredients at:
Mountain Rose Herbs, Tropical Traditions and for exciting organic flavors try Natures Flavors organic oils!