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Sugar: Bad for the teeth, good for the skin
Updated: 11/28/2012 5:58:27 AM

Sugar: Bad for the teeth, good for the skin  People who want to have healthy teeth should avoid consuming too much sugar. According to the Mayo Clinic, sugar acts as food for the bacteria in the mouth that causes tooth decay and gum disease. This is why candy, ice cream and carbohydrates pose a serious threat to dental health. However, just because people shouldn't eat this substance doesn't mean they shouldn't put it on their skin.

According to an article published on The Huffington Post, sugar is a natural humectant, which means it draws moisture from the air to the skin. This is why products that contain products with sugar or sugar derivatives may help hydrate the skin.

Also, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, which may break down the "glue" that bonds skin cells, and encourage cell turnover, which can leave people looking younger because they have fresher skin.

Finally, the small particles in sugar can act as a natural exfoliant, washing away dead skin cells that ruin the look and feel of skin.

So, rather than having sugar with their meals, people should consider using it in their face wash. 

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