Sugaring: An Amazing, Natural Hair Removal Technique
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.
Today, we’re going to tell you about an amazing, natural hair removal technique called sugaring. Read on to learn why it can be better than other methods, and how to do it yourself!
What is sugaring and what does it have to do with hair removal?
Sugaring is a hair removal technique that people used in Ancient Egypt and some Ancient eastern societies. All you need for it is sugar and lemon. It’s very similar to waxing, but actually has even more benefits. We’ll tell you more about those further down.
There are now some countries where you can buy ready-made sugaring paste to do your hair removal. But honestly, it’s so easy that it’s more worth it 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 you need?
The only ingredients you’ll need are:
- 2 cups sugar
- Juice from one lemon
- Water (only if there isn’t enough lemon juice)
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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 it doesn’t, add water until the liquid is covering the sugar.
Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the sugar has completely dissolved. If you have a cooking thermometer, check to see that the mixture reaches 115 degrees Celsius (240 degrees Fahrenheit).
Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and wait until the mixture thickens and becomes sticky, but still maneuverable. It should be golden and soft, almost like honey. If it’s dark, you might have burned it, so you should start over. 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 can choose to exfoliate before waxing, although we don’t recommend this if you have very sensitive skin.
To prevent the sugar wax from sticking to your skin too much, you can also add a bit of foot or talc powder to the area you’re going to remove the hair from.
Thoroughly clean and dry the area that you’re going to wax to make sure there’s no stickiness there.
Wash your hands well. If you like, you can also 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, apply the wax 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 hesitation, pull in the opposite direction. In other words, pull in the same direction as the hair grows (if waxing your legs, tear downwards).
Use your other hand to stretch your skin and keep it taught.
Then, using the same easy-to-remove paste, spread it 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’s any wax left on your skin, wash it off with warm water.
Advantages of this waxing
- It’s inexpensive because it only requires lemon and sugar.
- It lasts just as long as wax.
- It’s less painful than wax.
- It also works on really short hair.
- You can use it 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.
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