One of my maybe 5 HG products. My brown sugar scrub is as simple as can be. Just brown sugar, nothing else. I have too many skin issues to add in extras, so I started a gentle cleanser and a gentle moisturizer and finally have been seeing improvement in my skin. I used this in the past (with lemon, which was too strong for me) but lately I found I occasionally need a little buffing and I didn't like how the store bought scrubs had all these other chemicals that just don't agree with me. Not only that, I had gotten a facial and the esthetician said you should never use a scrub that doesn't dissolve. (Meaning, no shell powder, or jojoba beads or whatever it is) So I remembered that brown sugar was suppose to be a great scrub and started using it. It helps not only remove the dead skin gently, but the sugar has natural glycolic acid, an AHA. I can't even use the packaged ones, only slight naturals like citrus enzymes, lactic acid from milk etc.
All I do is put a small amount (like a teaspoon) in my palms and rub it on like any scrub until it dissolves and then just a tad longer to really get the properties in the skin. Then rinse well. I would not leave this on the face any longer than a regular cleanser/scrub. I don't let it dry on my face at all. You will notice soft and radiant skin with no irritation. It's so simple and so easy.
I will add that because the sugar can dry out over time, be super careful you don't have hard chunks in there. They can seriously hurt your skin. I tend to keep mine in a small air tight tupperwear in the bathroom. It's easy to get at and prevents drying. You should store it this way for cooking as well, and keep one for each purpose, separately. You can crush it up a little if it gets chunky, but if the chunks are too hard and don't break down easily, don't use them. I have realized that in the past, my sugar was too old and that's why it was chunky and hurt. When I get a new bag and the sugar is ground finely, it feels amazing.
A helpful tip: If my skin is very sore, or for those with acne problems, you can still use it. What I do is wet mine just a bit, depending on what level I want. I find it still works to use it wet it so it's not really 'scrubby' at all but it still has the anti-bac and acid properties. It's looser that way but I just splash it on and rub it in briefly . I still don't leave it on like a mask. I don't like leaving on sticky masks like yogurt or honey, they irritate me as they dry. So I hope that helps some people since I know there are a lot of you out there that can't "scrub" and it's not an option with other scrubs that don't dissolve like sugar does, so give brown sugar a try! :)
UPDATE: Since using retin A I cut down on this A LOT. Be careful of scrubbing when you're using ANY type of topical peel or product that thins the skin. I just recently decided to quit the Retin A but I think it will be a while before my skin can handle this again, if ever. I still think it's great, but it depends on the skin thickness and other products. I also have tried rice powder which is a nice micro exfoliant but it doesn't dissolve.