Why sugarcane is great for your skin
Sugarcane and Glycolic Acid for the Skin
The human body has a remarkable ability to regulate its health inside and out. For hundreds of thousands of years, before the mass commercialization of health and beauty products, humans relied on natural foods and regular hydration to remain fit and healthy. When it came to their skin health, vitamins C, E, A, K, and B complex were of utmost importance.
Of course, it took modern science to let us know these vitamins were essential. And, at the end of the 20th century, a new discovery was made by dermatological researchers that completely changed their understanding of skin health. Glycolic acid, a natural occuring AHA acid in sugarcane, showed remarkable benefits to skin health.
The beauty industry responded and began making myriad products with glycolic acid. The only problem was they were producing the acid synthetically—adding another unnatural ingredient to the cornucopia of toxic chemicals found in the beauty industry.
How do you take advantage of glycolic acid’s power without settling for unnatural solutions?
When you think skin health, think sugarcane juice.
As mentioned, sugarcane is the most abundant and natural source of glycolic acid around the world. Sugarcane is predominantly grown in the humid and tropical climates of Southeast Asia, but can also be found in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Hawai’i. Sugarcane juice is produced in a simple two step process—peel and press. No filtering and no additives are needed.
There’s a saying going around the nutrition industry that says if your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, don’t eat it. Sugarcane juice is so simple and so natural, it easily passess the grandmother test. In fact, you could ask ancient dinosaurs if they know about sugarcane and they too would give it a thumbs up.
Sugarcane juice is simple, so let’s take a closer look at glycolic acid to boost your health knowledge and increase the joy you get with each sip you take.
What is glycolic acid?
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)—a group of naturally occurring fruit acids. When it interacts with the surface of your skin, it acts like a magic eraser. Your old and dead skin cells are broken apart thanks to glycolic acid’s bond-breaking interaction with these dead cells.
When you are able to regulate the removal of your dead skin cells, it promotes the activation of new cell growth—resulting in that natural glow that is actually natural. If you thought glycolic acid’s superpowers couldn’t get better, think again.
What makes glycolic acid such a phenomenal skin care solution is its size. In this case, smaller is better. Thanks to its miniature status, glycolic acid is able to interact inside and outside the skin’s service—providing a 360 degree clean of the largest organ on your body.
Is glycolic acid something you really need?
Do you wear sunscreen every day—even during the winter? Are you living a stress free life and getting the perfect amount of sleep every night? Are you following an all-natural diet without fail? Do you take cold showers?
If you answered “no” to any of the above questions, your skin is experiencing sub-optimal conditions. Of course, it would be ridiculous to plan your life around your skin health. You would never get to experience the many joys life has to offer. So, do you really need glycolic acid? The simple answer is yes.
If you happen to be someone with naturally glowing skin that seems to defy all the dangers of UV rays, stress, less than optimal eating habits, and more, maybe glycolic acid isn’t a need. But, sugarcane juice absolutely is. Be sure to explore our other articles on the diversity of health benefits sugarcane juice provides.