Unless you live under a rock in the middle of nowhere with no mobile phone reception and no WiFi you’ve probably noticed at least some of the hype buzzing around sugar or coffee scrubs. They promise to remove dead skin and leave your skin feeling silky smooth and hydrated.
Of course, exfoliating is nothing new: it dates back to ancient Egypt and so many different forms of exfoliation exist that, really, we’re spoiled with options. But are sugar scrubs really better than just a good, hard scrub with a loofah?
Short answer: yes. There are three main reasons why sugar is good for your skin. The first is that the gritty grains are, naturally, a fantastic exfoliant for removing the top layer of dead skin cells. Like microbeads in an exfoliating cleanser, except they don’t end up passing through the drains and polluting our waterways and… y’know, killing the planet. The second is that sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which penetrates the skin and encourages cell turnover, meaning your skin looks younger and fresher. The third is that sugar is a natural humectant which attracts and retains moisture from the surrounding environment. Basically, that means that when you rub it into your skin, it takes the moisture in there with it.
Sugar Cube Co are winners in my book for a couple of reasons. The first is that it’s a Christchurch business run by three women, and it really is fantastic to support local businesses. The second is that they use good, natural ingredients and they’re vegan friendly so you know no furry friends were harmed.
They also make a damn good product. I’ve been using the Lime & Mint Body Detox Organic Sugar Scrub (one quick criticism – what a long name!) for just over a month now and I absolutely love it. It smells amazing – definitely more on the citrus side, personally I can’t smell a lot of mint in there although the ingredients do list cold pressed spearmint oil so it’s definitely in there. It’s also really simple to use: scoop a handful in the shower, rub it on your body until the sugar dissolves and it stops being gritty and then rinse it off.
After you’ve washed it off it the coconut oil and other oils leave your skin feeling slightly greasy under the shower water, then once you’re all towelled off you’re baby’s bum smooth – no need to moisturise.
I get really dry skin and, on bad days, patches of red and itchy dermatitis so generally I avoid exfoliating or being rough with my skin so I don’t anger the skin gods and have a dermatitis break out. Regardless of how gentle I am, I always have rough, dry patches on my arms. The best thing about this product is that while it didn’t make those patches go away completely, it definitely improved them in a way that normal shower+body butter-ing didn’t.
All in all, fantastic product. Would definitely repurchase. You can buy it here on their website for $24.95. It also comes in two other flavours which I haven’t tried, so the question now is… what flavour next?
As always, this blog post is entirely my own opinion and I do not represent anyone or anything. Nobody paid me to write this post and everything I have written here I believe to be true.