Spotlight on Our Indian Ingredients: Decoding the Real Goodness of Sugarcane for Your Skin


The sweetest secret to glowing skin and a healthy body? It might just be sugarcane. This natural treasure trove of goodness is not just a regular ingredient anymore. The tropical plant has been revered for centuries for its abundant health benefits that go far beyond just its sweet taste. From its ability to enhance digestion to its anti-inflammatory properties, sugarcane has a long-standing reputation as a traditional antidote and elixir for skin and overall health.

Let’s dig deep to learn more about this cherished tropical wonder crop.

A Brief History of Indian Sugarcane

Sugarcane arrived in the Indian subcontinent as early as the Vedic period—the earliest writings mentioning sugarcane are from circa 1400 to 1000 B.C. It is believed that at this time, Indians already knew how to extract sugar from sugarcane—which is technically a giant tropical grass whose stalk has the unique ability to crystallise sugar—and were able to create cane sugar and liqueurs which would go on to change the culinary and cultural map of the world.

Today states like Maharastra, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu which have tropical and sub-tropical climates are perfect for the cultivation of sugarcane. It is one of India’s most important commercial crops. Most people are familiar with consuming two of sugarcane’s most famous products: the refreshingly sweet ganne ka ras (sugarcane juice), churned fresh by street vendors across the country, and gur (jaggery), a deeply flavourful, concentrated form of sugar created from sugarcane.

Helping Your Health One Step at a Time

The benefits of sugarcane don't stop at skincare. Its juice is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that make it a powerhouse ingredient for overall health and wellness. It can help regulate blood sugar levels, promote healthy digestion, and boost immunity.

  • Sugarcane has anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Sugarcane has been used in traditional medicine for treating respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis, owing to its natural expectorant properties.

  • Sugarcane juice provides a quick energy boost and helps combat fatigue and dehydration.

Sweet Skincare Benefits of Sugarcane

In recent years, the skincare industry has taken note of the incredible benefits of sugarcane. Sugarcane is a popularly sought ingredient for exfoliating, hydrating, and rejuvenating the skin. It contains the following compounds that are highly beneficial for the skin:

Glycolic Acid (AHA):

  • As an AHA, Glycolic acid is an exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy skin cell turnover.

  • It penetrates the pores to flush out excess sebum, dirt, pollution, and other impurities, effectively unclogging them and reducing the chances of getting acne and blemishes.

  • It is hydrating and retains moisture in the skin

    Tip: Always remember to apply sunscreen after using any skincare product with AHAs as it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.


  • As a phytochemical found in sugarcane, it is known to act as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from harmful free radicals.

  • Prevents the breakdown of collagen, keeping skin soft and supple.

  • Helps improve skin firmness by preventing sagging and premature wrinkles.

Vitamin B-Complex:

  • Vitamin B-complex, particularly Vitamin B3 (Niacin), stimulates collagen production in the skin. 

  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) in sugarcane helps to improve the skin's natural barrier function and locks in moisture.

  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) in sugarcane is known to promote healthy cell turnover, which helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. This leads to clearer, brighter, and more even-toned skin.

Vitamin C:

  • Helps to brighten your skin by reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

  • Aids in the production of collagen, which helps to keep your skin looking youthful and supple.

  • It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm irritated skin.

From promoting collagen production to protecting the skin against UV radiation and free radical damage, Sugarcane is an effective skincare ingredient. Incorporating Sugarcane-based skincare products into your daily routine can help you achieve healthy, glowing, and youthful-looking skin. So, the next time you see Sugarcane on a product label, remember the amazing benefits it has to offer!

Related Stories

Ask The Dermatologist: Dr. Geetika Mittal Answers Every FAQ About Lip Care
Spotlight on Our Indian Ingredients: Gotu Kola
My Rituals: Masoom Minawala on Motherhood and Her Evolving Self-care Rituals
Spotlight on our Indian Ingredients: Apple
Spotlight on our Indian Ingredients: Moringa
Spotlight on our Indian Ingredients: Saffron
Ask the Dermatologist: Dr Jaishree Sharad on Transitional Skincare for Changing Seasons
Why You Need to Know the Difference Between Body Milk and Body Lotion
How to Transform Skincare Into a Holistic Self-care Ritual
We Reveal Deepika Padukone’s “Less is More” Philosophy that Inspired Our CHP Routine
Spotlight on our Indian Ingredients: Coconut
My Rituals: Vandana Verma on How Self-care Helps Her Live a Pleasure-centered Life
The 82°E Guide to Demystifying Self-Care for Men
Our Holistic Guide to Healthy, Glowing Skin

Featured Products

Skincare Simplified