Sugar on your skin...Good, bad or just plain stupid?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
April 8, 2008 7:08pm CST
I think using a facial scrub at least every other day is a good thing to do for your face. Gets all the dry, dead skin off, leaves a clean skin and all. I use Olay scrub/cleanser as Olay has been the only brand I have ever used that actually produced a difference I could actually SEE and FEEL! I watch the sales at Walgreens and buy one get one free and with additional coupons buy several at that time that lasts me all year at quite the savings. However, always on the look out for ways to save money, I was watching a show called something like "60 ideas in 60 minutes" and the ideas were ways to save money or economize or do things easier, save space etc. This discussion was one I started when they said to use magic markers when you run out of lipstick.....(stuipd comes to mind!) http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1464509.aspx But they also mentioned using about a teaspoon or so of granualted sugar and add it to your facial lotion to make a facial scrub - to save money as opposed to buying a facial scrub product. I guess the granuals would be the scrub agent and it could work okay to get the dry skin and all off your skin, but skin is porous and can absorb things that are put on it. Could it absorb the sugar? How would that effect our skin? Could it add "weight" to your skin? With all the goings on about weight control and cutting down/back on sugar intake, but then to put it on your skin....what do you think? Good, bad or just plain stupid?
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@gemini_rose (16193)
9 Apr 08
If it is only going on your skin as a scrub and then being washed off again, then I would not have thought that it would effect the skin or weight control or anything. But I would not like to use it as sugar is sticky and if I felt it sticky on my face I would hate it! Then I would always worry that the wasps would smell it when they come out again and I would get stung for having a sugary face!! The only way to find out if it was any good would be to give it a try for a few days or so, but if you try it out you will have to let us know the results!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
9 Apr 08
gemini - now there's a thought - if you have all that wonderful sweet smelling stuff on your face (or elsewhere) and you go outside....it could happen! Those little guys are after one thing in life...to make their pollen....so......
@gemini_rose (16193)
9 Apr 08
Yep they will come for you, I do not even wear perfume in summer because they always come after me if I wear it, I got stung right on the neck last year because I had this sweet perfume on! Boy did that ever hurt!!
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9 Apr 08
I use sugar mixed with olive oil as a body scrub and it is wonderful! Not sure about whether I'd use it on my face. A good facial scrub I make is a spoon of grated almonds with a spoon of yoghurt and a blob of honey. Apparently sugar has been used as an exfoliater for years so I presume the effect is a positive one. I don't think sugar would do anything bad to your skin in terms of adding weight!
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I would think that the sugar was just get absorbed into the face wash and not be rough enough. I bet sand would work better. Personally, I buy a jar of the St Ives Apricot Scrub and it last me all year. I think it is $6.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I used to use that too but when the Olay Age-regevist (probably spelled wrong) works absolutely amazing and literally over night, and I have always liked their lotion, I tried the face scrbu from a sale and I like it. But when push comes to shove, which ever is cheaper!
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I don't care of the Olay lotions. I find them too heavy for my skin and the had 2 people tell me that it is really formulated for "old women" LOL I switched to Dove and love it.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Guess that is why Olay works so well for me then!
@RAINBOW2 (47)
• Argentina
9 Apr 08
I think Im sure that skin doesnt absorbs the sugar so you wont get fat.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
10 Apr 08
Oh, probably doesn't, just a conotation of it puts me off! I wouldn't think actually "fat" but maybe acne or oily skin - something like that.
@drannhh (15211)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I don't like messing with my face all that much, but I do use a sugar scrub on my feet and legs once in a while. It is easy to make up a small batch by blending a little oatmeal with brown sugar, and then I stir in some honey, vanilla, and a little cold-pressed oil (olive, sesame, walnut, or almond) Smells heavenly and feels good, too.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Hey if it works, why not? Just make sure you don't get to close to the oven.... LOL!!!!
@bfarrier1 (2082)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I am with you on the Olay scrub/cleanser and even the wrinkle creme don't think I will try the sugar though just in case it absorbs I fight my weight enough.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Their aga regerist (if that is the correct word!) is great. Put it on at night and in the AM - I am telling you...instant correction of dark circles and lines and all under my eyes. Totallya mazing, and i am sticking with it!
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
9 Apr 08
there is a product here in the philippines and it is called eskinol. http://www.kabayancentral.com/beauty/eskinol.html i added up the link for you to see what i am talking about. i use the calamansi facila cleaner. calamansi is like lemon. i put grinded alum with it and the alum serves as the scrub. but this is not a facial wash. you apply this on your face with cotton. i scrub my face twice a week with extra virgin olive oil and some rock salt. and it really works as a good scrub for the face. i wash the oil with mild or babay soap. i srub my elbows and knees with extra virgin olive oil and sugar twice a week too. its been affective for me all this years. i havent tried adding sugar to facial lotion. the sugar will just surely melt and it wont be much of a scrub anymore.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Interesting! Household items can do more than they are marketed for!
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@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
9 Apr 08
It seems like it would make the skin sticky if it isn't done right. I know people who handmake sugar scrubs for sale and they are amazing. The mix them with lotions, foamy soap, or good for you oils. The sugar gets softer as it soaks up liquid so it isn't harsh on the skin. It's a good thing if done well. If there is no preservative in it, it will go moldy though within a few weeks if water gets in the container. So if it's handmade use it fast or buy handmade with preservatives. I enjoy these myself a lot and so does my soft skin!
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