We all know by now of the dangers of obesity and the need to cut back on our sugar consumption in food, but did you know that sugar has a good side when applied topically?

Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin to keep it hydrated.  It’s also a natural source of glycolic acid which penetrates the skin and gently exfoliates dead cells.

And sugar makes an excellent scrub.  Simply mix with warm water, olive oil or lemon juice and apply to damp skin.  Be gentle though.  Let the grains do the hard work.  No need to scrub!

  • Tip:  brown sugar is softer than granulated sugar and this makes it ideal for the face or for sensitive skin.
  •  Tip: raw sugar is best used on the body.  Do a small patch test if you aren’t sure how your skin will react

Another ‘bad’ carb is potato.  Completely delicious in many different ways, however, it’s bad for the waistline if eaten to excess…but did you know that raw potato is brilliant for helping to fade dark circles under the eyes?

Why?  Well potatoes contain both vitamin A, which helps firm skin, and vitamin C, which nourishes the delicate skin around the eye.  Simply wash and peel a cold potato, cut two thin slices and place them under the eyes for 10-15 minutes.   The combination of coldness and starch in potatoes also has an anti-inflammatory effect that shrinks blood vessels under the eyes, diminishing dark circles.

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