Black Sugar Exfoliator Helped with My Blackheads & Pores
Jan 06 2019
By. Lorena Jimenez
Sep 18 2019
Sugar does not always have the best impression when it becomes tied with “health”. Sugar does have a bad reputation when found in sweets, however, sugar can be an excellent ingredient when it comes to the skincare game.
And in fact, it’s been a while since “black sugar” has no longer become a stranger to the whole skincare game. Whenever you step into your favorite drugstore, yuo’ll probably at least find 3 products, at least 3, on a single skincare shelf!
How is Black Sugar Good for Skin?
The most well known trait black sugar has as a skincare ingredient will be its ability to remove dead skin cells off from the skin in a very effective way. The little particles of the black sugar makes an effective topical exfoliant smudging accumulated dead skin cells off the skin and smudges out the uneven skin texture. As a physical exfoliating ingredient, it is found in a number of body scrubs and face scrubs but it can be an intimidating choice for those with sensitive skin. However, as long as the black sugar exfoliator are used in a proper way with a combination of good oil products, it not only minimizes the chance to cause microscopic tears in the skin but because of sugar’s natural humectant properties, it’ll still leave skin hydrating without stripping skin of natural oils.
Exfoliation is an important part of skincare when it comes to preventing skin breakouts, uneven skin texture and cakey makeup. But, we know that ‘too much water drowned the miller’. Extreme exfoliation can cause rather skin troubles and leave skin feeling dehydrated. So it is crucial to choose an exfoliator that will not only effectively remove dead skin cells but not strip off skin’s natural moisture and oil. Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin and that is why skin doesn’t feel dry or flaky after your exfoliating routine at night.
Black sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates into the skin and breaks down the “glue” that bonds skin cells, and this encourages the cell turnover (exfoliation). Glycolic acid is known to be an ingredient that helps with treating sun damages and wrinkles. Making black sugar a great exfoliant not only as a physical exfoliator but also an exfoliator that works under the skin, it helps to remove not only the outer layer of dead skin cells but also encourages active skin cell over turning skin be brighter and more glowing.
Our skin naturally discharges sebum (oil) and sweat. This very natural skin phenomenon is what helps skin healthy and make sure our body releases unnecessary excesses. However, when these oil and sweat can’t find its way out from the skin and be trapped within, you are down for taking the expressway to whiteheads, blackheads, and ACNE. And this often happens when dead skin cells pile up on the surface of our skin. This is where exfoliation comes in. Thanks to the hydrating granules of black sugar, when used topically, it will remove dead skin cells making way for sebum to escape from the skin and helping skin get a clean palette for enhanced skincare regimen.
Considering the benefits of black sugar as mentioned above, this sweet ingredient is found in many exfoliators or cleansing products. Effective for exfoliating, yet hydrating and is great for brightening and troubles care; if you find a product with black sugar, these are the effects you’ll be expecting. The most common black sugar skincare product will porbably be scrubs or in soaps. Use it in your cleansing step, and you’ll notice an enhancement right away once you cleanse it away with water.
The black sugar of the Klairs Black Sugar Gentle Facial Polish melts away pore-clogging debris and oil and removes dead skin cells, leaving the skin clean and soft. The scrub is also fortified with the rich nutrients of shea butter, unsaturated fatty acid and vitamins A and E to moisturize and soften dry and sensitive skin. It is designed to be served as an exfoliating scrub meant to be used in the cleansing step.
The best time to use the black sugar facial polish is during your night time cleansing routine. I recommend you to use it on a wet face for a gentle exfoliation. Wet your face with lukewarm water and scoop out the sugar facial polish on the palm of your hands. If you have sensitive skin or if it is one of those days when you’re skin feels extra irrtated (rather skip exfoliating when the skin feels extremely sensitive or irritated), rather than applying it straight on the face, add a pump of your cleansing oil and mix it up to turn the texture even more gentle! Try to focus application of the scrub on specific areas with excessive oil or dead skin cells; the tip of your nose & your forehead, mainly the t-zone. Spend a good minute with gentle rolling motions and rinse it off with water. You can stop your cleansing routine here or move on to your double cleansing routine if you had makeup on.
“Buff away blackheads & dead skin cells with single use”
Another product you can find black sugar is the Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Charcoal Soap. Along with black sugar, the charcoal powder in the soap helps remove dead skin cells and absorbs sebum. It is an optimal soap that helsp control sebum on the skin however, thanks to black sugar, it helps retain moisture even after use in your cleansing routine.
When it comes to soaps, there’s not so much to explain! Once you wet your face, lather the soap enough that you get a sufficient amount of foam ready to help cleanse your oil and dirt away. Since a soap with ingredients such as black sugar and charcoal powder is specifically optimized for oil control and exfoliation, you can use it as your daily cleanser if you have oily skin but you can add it in your cleansing routine once or twice a week if you wish to use it specifically around the areas where you have excessive sebum.
“Cleared pores expected with a wash of gentle black foam”
We know that ‘two heads are better than one’. But did you know that ‘three cleansers are better than one‘ when it comes to creating an effective yet gentle cleansing routiine? Now that we have a better idea of how black sugar benefits the skin and is a hydrating exfoliant, it only makes sense to become smarter when playing with your cleansers! Having a good collection of cleansers on your vanity, you’ll be able to be curate a cleansing method according to how your skin feels that day or what your skin needs to prevent skin troubles.
1) Apply 3-4 pumps of the cleansing oil on dry face and gently cleanse by massaging with the fingertips.
2) Dispense an appropriate amount of the sugar scrub on areas with blackhead of dead skin cells and gently massage with the fingertips.
3) Wet the face with warm water and rinse off the oil and scrub in a massaging motion.
4) Wet the charcoal soap and form a full lather.
5) Cover the face with foam and gently cleanse in a massaging motion.
6) Rinse off thoroughly with warm water.