Sugar vs. Salt
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HAVE SOMETHING SWEET These products don’t just smell delicious, they pack serious skin benefits. Sugar cane contains glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid that acts as a natural exfoliator. Sugar is also a natural antiseptic—ideal for cleansing skin and killing bacteria—and humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment directly into your skin and locks it in, explains Lev Glazman, founder of Fresh cosmetics in New York City. Because sugar granules tend to be smaller than salt granules, they’re less abrasive, making them a safe option to use on the face and on sensitive skin. “Sugar scrubs are gentle enough to use once a week even if you have conditions such as rosacea, acne or eczema,” says Peredo.
The wild strawberry and macadamia seed oils in citrus oil-scented Fresh Sugar Face Polish ($55; fresh.com) hydrate and brighten any complexion.
Dixie Bits Sweet Sugar Darlin’ ($30; dixiebits.com) body exfoliator reveals silky skin with a blend of turbinado sugar and jojoba, avocado and evening primrose oils. The rich, oil-based formula is especially great for dry skin.
A blend of refined sugar and cocoa butter, GloMinerals Sugar Body Polish ($25; gloprofessional.com) leaves even dry skin hydrated and glowing, and you’ll go nuts for its almond oil scent.
Paraben-free and infused with vitamin C, Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Coconut Lime ($8; ulta.com) is gentle enough to use on your entire body and is made with certified organic shea butter.
Sukiface Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser ($30; sukiskincare .com) is free of synthetic ingredients and smoothes the face and decolletage with natural sugar, while chamomile extract calms skin.