The great sugar debate: is it good for you? Is it bad for you? From research that shows excessive sugar intake can cause obesity, health problems and even ruin your skin (not to mention mess with your metabolism), we’re taking our sugar in smaller doses these days. But when does sugar actually work for us? Sure, lots of sugary drinks and snacks can cause inflammation, but there are ways that it can work on the outside when used in the right way. Sugar is often used as a hero ingredient for many beauty products, including scrubs and moisturizers. Sugar as a scrubbing agent is so much better for the environment than the plastic scrubbing beads found in exfoliators and it is also a natural humectant which can lock moisture to the skin for longer periods of time than many other ingredients. To get you started on a new sugar beauty routine, here are three sugar-laden skin care products you don’t have to feel the least bit guilty about indulging in.
Rodial Super Acid X-Treme Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser, $36
The key to working with sugar is to understand it in all of its forms. This exfoliating cleanser from Rodial might not say sugar, but glycolic acid is a derivative of sugar and therefore includes some of its benefits, and, in this case, it’s exfoliating. Infused with other ingredients like pronalen fruit acid, lactic acid and pomegranate oil extract, this facial cleanser gently sloughs off dead skin and impurities for an even-looking, smooth complexion.