Waxing is too painful for some women. Laser hair removal on the other hand is expensive and might not give a satisfactory outcome. Traditional hair removal techniques like plucking and shaving take time and have hideous results. There’s one other option you should try if you have given up on the others—sugaring.
Benefits of Sugaring
Body sugaring has been practiced since ancient times. It’s called Persian waxing and it first used honey as the formula base.
1. Good for any skin type. Sugaring is perfect for those with sensitive skin and allergies. It doesn’t cause as much trauma as waxing does because it only removes dead skin cells and the hair. Sugar doesn’t dry on your skin too. What causes the itchiness in some hair removal procedures is the removal of live skin cells, an effect eliminated in sugaring.
2. Less painful and more sanitary. There are no burns as well because the sugar paste uses the body’s natural temperature. It’s so easy to clean up too because it is water-soluble and the high sugar content isn’t an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive in.
3. Fewer and thinner hair. Perhaps the most important benefit is that sugaring will remove more hairs from the root so regrowth takes longer. It can also remove very short hairs and even lead to follicle atrophy. The follicle collapses when the hair is removed including the bulb. Over time, with continued visits to your aesthetician you’ll see fewer and thinner hair.
The Egyptians mixed honey with oil and rubbed it on the skin to pull out hair from the roots. Today the most basic ingredients are sugar, water and the preservative citric acid.
A sugaring paste, sugaring gel or sugar wax will be used to remove hair.
1. The paste looks just like a paste and is applied by hand on the skin.
2. The gel is heated up first. Then it’s spread on the skin before a cloth is applied on top to remove hair.
3. Sugar wax is made of resin and other natural ingredients. It’s used the same way as the gel.
You can also make the paste yourself at home using the following items: 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of water and 2 cups of white can sugar. Mix and stir all the ingredients in a pan over medium heat until it boils. Switch to low heat to let it simmer for 25 minutes. The paste should be dark amber in color. Cool it down for 10 minutes before using.
How It’s Done
The aesthetician will clean the skin first using oil or lotion. Then powder is applied. The sugaring paste is applied on the skin then it is peeled off to remove hair. The process is done quickly and can take only a few minutes depending on how thick the hair is on the area. The paste can even be applied in the same direction as the hair growth.