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3 beauty benefits of sugar in your skincare routine

3 beauty benefits of sugar in your skincare routine
Team LF
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We're so often told that if we want beautifully clear, radiant skin, sugar is the enemy.

A sugary diet can cause inflammation in the skin, speed up the ageing process and even intensify the visible effects of acne and rosacea.

However, a recent influx of skincare products, promising to give your skin a well needed boost, contain various sugars. Whether in its physical granular form or as an extract, sugar might just be the secret to the skin of your dreams and boasts many beautifying benefits.


Sugar is a natural humectant meaning it draws moisture from its surroundings into the skin and helps to retain any moisture the skin absorbs.

Products which contain sugar and its derivatives actually hydrate the complexion and help to keep moisture in the skin leaving it a smooth and plump.

The REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion utilises the hydrating properties of sugar-derived Xylitol to instantly moisturise and plump the skin for a smoother, more youthful complexion.  Moisture levels are boosted as Xylitol helps to draw in moisture and actively protect against water loss in the skin.

Similarly, the Z Balance Prebiotic and Probiotic Facial Mist from Zelens works to restore moisture to the complexion, calming and soothing the skin for a hydrated, even finish. Infused with a nourishing blend of Sugar-Molecules, the Facial Mist supports the natural production of collagen and elastin, strengthening the skin and revealing a brighter, smoother visage.


Sugar, both in its granular natural form and as an extract, is a beautiful exfoliator for your skin. Sugar's small particles make it an excellent topical exfoliant, working to buff and lift away dead skin cells and impurities for a fresher, clearer complexion.

The Mizon Honey Black Sugar Scrub works to rejuvenate your complexion and transform dull, lack-lustre skin. Enriched with Black Sugar powder, the scrub lifts lifeless skin and declogs pores whilst reducing the skin's production of excess sebum.

A completely natural alternative is the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser. Harnessing the powers of natural sugar-crystals, the Foaming Cleanser kickstarts your skin's natural collagen production whilst lifting away dead skin cells for a smooth, radiant complexion.


Sugars are a natural source of Glycolic Acid - an ingredient which has had a real moment in the world of skincare thanks to its exfoliating and brightening properties.

As an Alpha-Hydroxyl Acid (AHA), Glycolic Acid penetrates the skin and breaks down the bonds between skin cells to encourage cell turnover, leaving your skin glowing and more even in tone.

The Hylamide Glow Booster is enriched with Raspberry derived Keto-Sugar to counteract dullness and add a boost of radiance to lack-lustre skin. Keto-Sugar reacts with the skin to produce a sunkissed glow which lifts the complexion, leaving your skin looking fresh and healthy.

If your skin is in need of a real boost, the Elemental Herbology Vital Glow Overnight Resurfacing Cream has been specifically designed to renew skin overnight for a youthful, radiant glow by morning. Blended with natural Alpha-Hydroxyl Acids from Apples and Sugars, the Resurfacing Cream revives the complexion, promoting luminous skin with a smooth texture.

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