Sugar for skin, especially when combined with the word ‘good’, may sound like an odd choice for a blog post. Sugar has become a dietary evil and we know that in addition to it leading to weight gain, its over consumption has also been associated with a host of health issues including diabetes and heart disease. In a previous post we discussed the disadvantages of sugar for skin.

While its consumption may not be good for your health or your skin, when used topically there are some benefits associated with using sugar for skin care:

  1. Sugar Exfoliates. Sugar makes an excellent exfoliant and if you opt for finer granules in your polishes or scrubs, it can do this quite gently leaving your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth.
  2. Sugar Can Help Clear Skin. The gentle exfoliation delivered by sugar helps removes dead skin cells, which can clog pores. Sugar polishes helps to remove these, and can help to reduce breakouts and blemishes.
  3. Sugar Helps Soften Skin. As a result of its exfoliating action, sugar polishes and scrubs can help to reduce callouses on the heels and soles of the feet and soften elbows and knees.

While I may not recommend using sugar polishes on your face, because there are better and more gentle options such as alpha hydroxy acids, I’m a big fan of the benefits of sugar for skin on the body. It only takes a few additional minutes but the process of applying a sugar polish like our Lemon Verbena or Vanilla Rose in my morning shower is luxurious and makes me feel quite special indeed. It’s a little bit of pampering before I get on with my day.

What about you? Are you a fan of sugar for skin in your routine?

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My Fave Four Apothekari products

The first product I purchased from Apothekari was the A for Anti Aging. I have Never been able to tolerate retinol products and always ended up bailing because of dry flaky skin. Until A for Anti Aging. It's Amazing! I have now added the Vitamin C, the Deodorant (Neroli Rose is my current favourite but the Lavender is great too), and most recently the More than Lip Service (thank you thank you thank you Apothekari :)). While deodorant and vaginal moisturizer may sound like odd gifts, these are my latest go-to's for the gal who has everything. All have become fans!

THIS WORKS! No odour for 24+ hours including a yoga session!

I'm blown away by how effective this is, and by how clean and well thought out the formula is. I'm not used to roll-on so that took a couple days to adjust to, but its so much more effective than the solids/creams i was using that it is totally worth it. I'm converted - and i think i have probably tried 90% of the natural deodorants out there over the last 10 years LOL. thank you for creating this.

I love this body oil!

This is so luxurious and moisturizing (i have dry, sensitive skin and most oils don't do the trick) and also miraculously absorbs very quickly. And the lemon rose scent is just transporting - i look forward to using this after my shower.

Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

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