Your skin is the largest organ of your body, protecting your inner tissues from dirt, drying winds, excess water and the damaging rays of the sun. The protective layer of dead skin cells is contantly being replaced by new cells emerging from the epidermis. (See Reference 1) Helping your body shed the dead skin by exfoliating with a sugar body scrub is a refreshing and invigorating addition to a healthy lifestyle. Using an organic white cane sugar in your body scrub provides natural glycolic acid, which gently helps the dead skin slough from the body as you bathe. (See Reference 2)
Items you will need:
- Body wash or soap
- Organic white cane sugar body scrub
Shower, using your normal body wash or soap to bathe. Rinse your body with warm water.
Scoop 2 tablespoons of sugar body scrub onto a wet washcloth. Fold the washcloth over the scrub and hold under the shower for a moment to moisten the scrub.
Pat the wet washcloth over your face, avoiding the area around your eyes. Massage your face gently with your fingertips, then rinse thoroughly. The organic sugar will partially dissolve and soak through the washcloth, giving you the benefits of the sugar's glycolic acid without irritating the delicate skin of your face.
Unfold the washcloth and gently massage the sugar body scrub over your body. Rub the washcloth in a circular motion to exfoliate your skin, removing the excess oils and dead skin cells.
Rinse your body thoroughly to remove the sugar body scrub and the exfoliated dead skin cells.
Pat your body with a fresh towel, leaving your skin slightly damp. Moisturize your skin with your favorite moisturizer.
Use a sunscreen every day to prevent sun damage. Products containing glycolic acid increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun's ultraviolet rays. (See References 2 and 3)
- Use a scoop or spoon to scoop out the sugar body scrub; avoid dripping excess water in the container.
- Use a sugar body scrub twice a week to cleanse and invigorate your skin. (See Reference 4)
- Avoid using scrubs on your face; the abrasive action may irritate delicate skin, rosacea and acne. (See References 2 and 3)
- Use caution if you have skin of color, glycolic acid may cause skin discoloration. Discontinue using sugar scrubs if your skin begins to darken. (See References 3)
- Check the organic white cane sugar body scrub ingredients; common ingredients such as glycerin may cause an allergic reaction.
- Penn Medicine: Skin (Integumentary System)
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes - Treatment
- American Academy of Dermatology: Saving face 101: How to Customize Your Skin Care Routine With Your Skin Type
- American College of Healthcare Sciences: Natural Solutions for Winter Skin Care
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