If you are going to go through the pain of hair removal, might as well make it as sweet as can be, right?
Sugaring is an ancient practice that removes hair using an all-natural paste made from food staples you likely have in your kitchen right now! To fulfill your childhood dreams of body painting with food, all you need is sugar, lemon juice and water and you’ll be on your way to becoming the hairless wonder…
Or at least saying goodbye to some unwanted hair in a natural way. Even those devoted to their waxer can’t deny the perks that sugaring has.
Very similar to waxing, your overly furry body parts are immersed in paste and then the hair is pulled out. It’s versatile and can be used on all parts of the body including your legs, arms, back, face or bikini area. However, sugaring is said to be superior to regular waxing because:
- It is all-natural and pure. In fact it is so safe that you can eat it. This is a plus for people with sensitive skin like me.
- The ouch factor feels more like a band-aid sting. The sugar paste doesn’t stick to the skin as much as normal wax does so only dead skin cells are being removed. The discomfort is also lessened because hair is removed in the natural direction of growth as opposed to regular waxing where they remove against hair growth which minimizes irritation and offers a gentler alternative.
- Sugar is applied at room temperature so potentially dangerous heaters are out of the equation which makes sugaring a safer option. Since the sugar paste sits at a lower temperature there is no risk of burning the skin.
- Sugaring is more sanitary because it is applied with gloved hands and each ball of paste is dedicated to a single client so no cross contamination can take place (versus putting the wax stick back into the pot after being used.)
- Clean-up is a breeze. Sugar paste comes off the body with a quick rinse that dissolves the paste without leaving a sticky residue behind. If a spill accident happened you wouldn’t need to worry about getting the sugar off your clothes or carpet because it is just sugar.
- Sugaring is eco-friendly. No strips or dip sticks to throw out. Every little bit helps!
- Very short hairs can be extracted so there is no waiting on hair growth prior to sugaring. Sugaring can be done on hair growth as short as 1/16th of an inch and results last around 6 to 8 weeks.
- The sugar paste can be made at home and self-applied. To make the inexpensive miracle waxer all you need is 2 cups sugar, ¼ cup lemon juice, ¼ cup water and a candy thermometer.
While you can use the sugaring technique in your home, the sweet hair removal method is becoming popular among salons where a licensed professional can do the art of body sugaring for you. Take a look at how it works:
Would you ever try sugaring? Share your thoughts below.