Wax, creams, razors, electric shavers…Did you know there’s a natural and inexpensive alternative to hair removal? All you need is sugar and lemon, and you can easily prepare it at home.
We’re going to explain how to prepare it and to apply this natural technique, known as sugaring, along with its advantages compared to other methods of hair removal.
What is Sugaring?
Sugaring is a method of hair removal that has been used since ancient times in Ancient Egypt and other Oriental countries. All you need for it is sugar and lemon. This method is similar to that of waxing, but it has even more advantages which we are going to explain later in this article.
Currently some countries sell the sugar paste ready-made, although it is so easy that it’s best to learn how to make it yourself. You will quickly learn how to easily do this and you won’t want any other hair removal afterwards.
What do I need?
The only ingredients you will need are:
- 2 c. sugar
- Juice from one lemon
- Water (only if there isn’t enough lemon juice)
How to make it
Add the lemon juice and two cups of sugar to a pot or a medium sized pan. The lemon juice should completely cover the sugar, if not add enough water to cover it.
Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the sugar has completley dissolved. If you have a cooking thermometer, check to see that the mixture reaches 115 degrees Celcius.
Once it starts boiling reduce heat and wait until the mixture thickens and becomes sticky, but still maneuverable. It should be golden and soft, almost like honey. If it is dark, you may have burned it, and you should remake it. You should never boil it on high heat for longer than one minute.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
You now have your sugar wax.
How to apply it
You could optionally exfoliate before waxing, although we don’t recommend this if you have very sensitive skin.
In order to prevent the sugar wax from sticking to your skin too much, you could add a bit of foot or talc powder to the area you are going to remove the hair.
Clean and dry the area well that you are going to wax to make sure you don’t have any sticking problems.
Wash your hands well and as an option, you could rub a bit of oil on them. Grab a bit of wax and rub in the opposite direction of your hair growth. For example, if applying to your legs, since the hair grows downwards, add the wax moving upwards.
If you notice the wax is very thick, heat it a little more.
Spread the wax so that a thin layer covers the area, and without waiting, pull in the opposite direction, in other words, the same direction as the hair growth (if waxing your legs, tear in a downwards motion).
Use your other hand to pull your skin taught.
Then, using the same paste that is easy to remove, spread over another area and repeat the process.
To finish, apply a bit of moisturizing cream or aloe vera gel to calm your skin. If there is any remaining wax on your skin, wash with warm water.
Advantages of this waxing
- It’s inexpensive because it only requires lemon and sugar.
- Lasts just as long as wax.
- It is less painful than wax.
- It also works on really short hair.
- Used at room temperature.
- It helps eliminate dead skin cells and improves skin regeneration.
- It can be used on any area of the body.
- If this is the first time you have tried this system, do it first on a small area of skin that isn’t that sensitive.
- The sugar wax doesn’t need to be hot, just warm.