Sugar is that sweet-tasting substance that just makes food taste so good and keeps us pining for a sugar rush every now and then.

While we have been told to reduce the intake of sugar as it has been implicated in a host of medical conditions from diabetes, weight gain to cardiovascular disease, here’s one way where you can use or slather on as much as you want.

You can welcome sugar in your beauty routine as it has some amazing benefits when used on your skin as a scrub.

Instead of choosing scrubs that use environmentally unfriendly microbeads, choose one that utilises sugar that melts away as it is used.

Not only is it eco friendly, it offers a therapeutic benefit as you gently rub a sugar scrub over your skin and feel it dissolve.

The trick to looking for a good one – whether it’s for exfoliating your lips, face or body – is to find a scrub that is also formulated with nourishing oils that help move the sugar around evenly and moisturises your skin at the same time.

Here’s a look at scrubs that are formulated with a variety of sugars:

Fresh Sugar Face Polish

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This is a two-in-one face scrub and mask that buffs and hydrates with real brown sugar and strawberries. Brown sugar is a natural humectant that seals in moisture and gently buffs away dry, dull skin. Real wild strawberries are packed with vitamin C to help to brighten and soothe, while plum seed oil and grapeseed oil offers hydrating and nourishing properties.

Caudalie Divine Scrub

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This product utilises brown sugar to gently exfoliate dead skin cells for luxuriously soft, delicately fragranced skin. This softening scrub with brown sugar features the signature Divine fragrance. It is formulated with four natural plant oils – grape, argan, hibiscus and sesame, while the signature fragrance is derived from grapefruit, rose, pink pepper, vanilla, cedar and white musk.

Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub

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An essential part of any night time ritual, the Agave Sugar Lip Scrub is a triple-action, foaming lip scrub that’s infused with exotic oils, brown sugar, and pineapple enzymes. This lip scrub – which is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and petrochemicals – cleanses and gently exfoliates, while the agave syrup moisturises and conditions your lips.

Sephora Collection Sugar Body Scrub

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Indulge freely in this generous sugar scrub that glides onto the skin and eliminates dead skin cells easily. Enjoy its gourmand fragrance and rich formula that is concentrated in raw cane sugar and apricot oil. This body scrub not only leaves you with clear smooth skin, it leaves a pleasant scent on the skin.

Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals Brown Sugar Scrub

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This pure and natural scrub for face and body comes with powerful nourishing ingredients such as sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil and evening primrose oil. Real brown sugar crystals are natural humectants known to help prevent moisture loss, while citrus oils brighten and tone the skin. Also, ginseng root extract and peppermint invigorate the senses and revitalise skin cells.