Body Sugaring – An Alternative to Traditional Hair Removal

Body sugaring is a method of epilation (hair removal from the root) and is similar to waxing. For that reason it is also commonly referred to as sugar waxing. This method of hair removal originates in Egypt, and has been practiced for nearly 4000 years. That being said, it’s been quite a long time since sugaring was introduced, and it’s been fine tuned to the point that many people prefer this method of hair removal over other methods.

Although pre-made sugar paste is sold in stores, it’s quite easy to make with common household ingredients. A basic recipe for sugaring wax consists of this ratio: 8:1:1 parts water, lemon juice, and sugar respectively. The area in which the solution is to be applied is typically dusted with powder, usually corn starch. Once the application is applied, paper strips can be placed on top of the solution in order to remove the solution and the hair with ease. The strip is then removed in the same manner as with waxing, with one swift motion.

Other ingredients may be used as well; it’s quite easy to dig through recipes online and they most likely will contain ingredients found in most kitchens.

Because sugaring products only attach to the hair follicles and not the skin, sugaring is found to be less painful than waxing. The solution can be applied at a lower temperature than with waxing as well, either lukewarm or room temperature. If any hair is missed during the process, it’s gentle enough to reapply without fear of damage to the skin. The clean up process is much easier than waxing or by use of chemical depilatories and leaves behind no resins (except for products containing guar gum).

Although sugaring is a great method to remove hair, it does have its disadvantages. Some hair growth is required in order for this method of hair removal to work properly, typically 1/16 of an inch or 2-5 days of hair growth after shaving. If getting it done professionally, it can be more expensive than waxing because it’s not as popular to get it performed in a salon. In addition to this, some salons and spas will use a wax that’s been mixed with sugar and advertise it as sugaring. It can be difficult to find a professional who offers the real method. When making a recipe at home, it could take some fooling around with ingredients before the desired solution is found.

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