A Spoonful of Sugar Scrub

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So many people are giving up sugar these days for health reasons, but that's not a good idea when it comes to topical skin care. Sugar is a naturally gentle abrasive that helps remove dead skin cells revealing younger looking skin. It's also a natural humectant which means it can draw precious moisture to your skin from the environment. And finally, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that penetrates the skin and breaks down the "glue" that bonds skin cells together, encouraging faster cell turnover and generating fresher looking skin.

You can make a simple sugar scrub at home using 1 part organic brown sugar and 1 part organic olive oil. (Actually any vegetable oil will do, so use whatever you have on hand.) You can easily make a fabulous facial scrub by stirring up a pinch of organic sugar with a few drops of our Prickly Pear Nourishing Facial Oil. Use warm water to wet your skin, massage the scrub into your skin gently for one minute using circular motions, then rinse well with warm water again and pat dry.  The oil will be quickly absorbed into your skin leaving it oh so soft and silky smooth.

You only need to use a sugar scrub once or twice a week so don't overdo it. But regular exfoliation should be a part of any effective anti-aging skin care program. And while a sugar laden diet won't do your skin any favors, incorporating sugar into your weekly topical skin care regime can yield some pretty sweet results.

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