Fresh Sugar Cane Juice
Sugar cane is a tropical and subtropical grass. Its long stems grow tall and produce blade-like leaves and clusters of white flowers. The cane is squeezed for juice that is high in sucrose. It is processed on site into unrefined sugar, and in certain areas, the juice is boiled down to make a molasses-like brown sugar called jaggery.
Sugar cane was the first cultivated crop for sugar production and most of today's refined sugar is produced from it. We squeeze the juice from the stem, much like it has been traditionally extracted for centuries. Sugar cane juice is a popular drink in tropical countries.
Sugar cane was used medicinally in ancient China and India for the treatment of excessive alcohol consumption. It has also featured in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Sugar cane juice contains glycolic acid, which is the smallest α-hydroxy acid (AHA). Fruit acids (AHAs) as they are often called, are widely used in skin care products due to their ability to help improve skin's condition and appearance. The glycolic acid stimulates skin, improves its natural health and exfoliates dead surface matter.
Use of AHAs for cosmetic and skin conditioning purposes goes back to ancient practices such as women in Greece and Rome daubing the sediment found on the bottom of wine barrels (tartaric acid) onto their skins. Even Cleopatra bathed in asses’ milk (lactic acid). Manuscripts containing references to using apple and grape juice (malic acid and glycolic acid, respectively) to benefit skin's appearance have been found in Egypt.
Glycolic acid was one of the first fruit acids used in the big ‘rediscovery’ of these materials for cosmetic uses during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Most cosmetic companies now utilize AHAs in some way.
Cosmetic chemical peels can often involve extremely high doses of glycolic acid under medical supervision. These are severe and come with caveats. We take a more gentle approach to skincare, utilizing natural powers in lower doses. Using fresh, natural ingredients allows us to balance skins, encouraging health and stability.