Here’s Why You Need Sugar in Your Beauty Routine

Victoria Moorhouse
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When it comes to our diets, sugar isn’t all that sweet. We’ve long been warned of how it can negatively affect our health, contributing to weight gain, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And like our mothers always used to tell us, when when you eat too much sugar, it’ll break you out. But interestingly enough, when it comes to your beauty routine, sugar has some pretty amazing uses. And no, that doesn’t mean sprinkling it to your cucumber water.

Whether formulated into products or used in spa procedures, sugar has the ability to really amp up your hair and skin. Here are some of the best ways to use sugar in your beauty routine.

Sugaring
Believe it or not, you can use sugar to remove unwanted body hair. It needs to be added to a sticky mixture that usually includes water and lemon juice and it’s then applied directly to the desired area (bikini line is the norm) where it’s peeled off with the hair. It’s main draw is that its said to only remove the hair—not the top layer of your skin, which is what leaves your skin inflamed and aggravated during regular waxes.

Sugar Sprays for Your Hair
It’s the sweeter alternative that gives you the same beachy waves as those salty surf sprays. Sugar cane extract is added to a liquid formula that delivers waves or a bit of volume without dehydrating your hair or leaving you with that dry, tangled mess that many salt sprays do. If you’re struggling with dehydrated locks and don’t want to worsen them with excessive heat styling or salt, this may be your new go-to. Wella Professionals just launched a new product, Sugar Lift ($19), which also gives hair a slightly sticky grip great for braiding, while Keratin Complex’s formula, Sweet Definition Texturizing Sugar Mist ($17) includes antioxidant-rich sunflower seed extract. While it’s not a texture spray, Oscar Blandi’s Lacca Medium Hold Hairspray ($25) actually includes sucrose for the purpose of providing moisture.

Body Scrubs
Sugar has a rough feel, but that texture may serve your skin well. It’s often used as a natural exfoliant, gently sweeping off dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. They’re usually added into moisturizing scrubs for your body, like Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish ($38) and Josie Maran’s Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub ($38). But it’s also been an added ingredient to lip products to do the very same thing. Fresh is face for its line of Sugar Lip Tints that protect against moisture loss, while many of Sara Happ’s Lip Scrub ($24, nordstrom.com) tubs include traces of the ingredient to softy exfoliate the lips.

So while too much sugar may not do great things for your insides, it can definitely keep your outsides looking amazing. Who knew the sweet stuff was so versatile?

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