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Tired of Waxing to Remove Unwanted Hair -- Try Sugar

By Edited Dec 4, 2014 2 8

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Remove Unwanted Hair

Women have often complained about the pain and residual skin irritation caused by wax hair removal treatments, but what are the alternatives? Shave with a razor and you risk nicking or cutting the skin. Then there are those depilatory creams but they are messy and smell terrible. You could also try electrolysis or laser hair removal treatments, but they cost so much. Or finally, you could just give up and go for the 'natural' look.

Well ladies (and some men), there is another alternative; sugar! Who could have predicted that something we've been told not to eat too much of can now be used to remove hair from our bodies! The procedure is called 'Sugaring' and it is a method similar to waxing with less pain and irritation. You can do this at home but if it is your first time, I recommend having it done at a professional salon by an Aesthetician.  You can also find Licensed Sugar Practitioners in several cities; check with your local beauty salon.

The Procedure

The hair growth can be as little as a 1/4 of an inch. The hair removal area is wiped with alcohol and sprinkled with powder (the powder aids the sugar paste to adhere to the hair follicles).  An all-natural clear paste made-up of lemon, sugar and water is warmed then applied with gloved hands. The consistency is similar to a very thick honey and the taste (in case you were interested) is akin to sweet, concentrated lemonade. The sugar mixture is pulled off and there is a brief sting but no other pain or burning is associated with the procedure. When the hair is removed, most salons will rub a light Shea butter oil on the area to keep it smooth and soft.

Over time sugaring will aid to diminish hair growth, and so hair will grow in slower and finer.

Sugar vs. Wax

Sugaring is gentler to the skin that is often irritated by the waxing technique. With most waxes, you have to apply them to a limited area, remove, and start the next area. With sugaring, you can apply the paste to a very large area, and it won't dry out, even if it is taken off in smaller sections.

Sugar paste can also be applied over missed hairs. The paste is very gentle and can be put right over an area that was just sugared (but missed some hairs) without fear of much irritation.

After waxing, many people are left with redness and bumps on their skin, not to mention the pain. After sugaring, the skin is smooth with no apparent bumps or redness.

Like Wax, the sugaring method can be used on the underarms, face and bikini area, as well as the legs. The technique is beneficial for women with sensitive skin.

Wax or sugar, you now have a choice.


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Aug 4, 2010 6:56pm
Awesome, I hate shaving my legs!
Aug 4, 2010 9:54pm
Thanks for the comment Margielynn. My 18 year-old daughter just had a sugaring procedure done to her eyebrows and loved it! She now wants to do the rest of her body!
Oct 11, 2010 3:16am
That sounds like a much better idea, less pain and discomfort definitely must be a great way to go. thanks for that helpful information
Oct 11, 2010 11:39am
Thanks eileen!!
Jan 4, 2011 6:05pm
Wow! I think I'm gonna try this one. thanks!
Jan 5, 2011 12:31pm
Hi Athena, Thanks for the comment. I hope you like the sugaring process, the results are great and like waxing, it lasts a long time.
May 25, 2011 8:17am
Another article with great tips! I have never tried sugaring - but it HAS to be better than my current method of using "smooth away" on my upper lip which is just a very light sandpaper. (F'Sure - never waxed again without a professional) Thank you! Appreciate the recipe.
Apr 7, 2012 10:35pm
Thanks Venetia!
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