Come summer season, women are expected to have flawless, smooth, hair free legs. Unfortunately, shaving everyday can be a hassle. This is why so many women are looking for alternative hair removal solutions. If you are looking for more permanent or long lasting solutions, treatments such as Electrolysis or laser hair removal can be great options. But if you don’t want to go quite that far, you may want to look at options such as waxing or sugaring. Most people have heard of waxing, and have probably even had it done once or twice in their lifetime. But most people have not heard of its similar alternative – sugaring.
What is sugaring?
Body sugaring is an ancient form of hair removal that is similar to waxing but uses all-natural ingredients. While there are many different formulations that can work, most sugaring treatments include ingredients like water, sugar, lemon juice, salt, honey, and essential oils.
How does sugaring work?
A warm thick mixture of chosen ingredients is applied to the skin in the opposite direction of hair growth. It is removed or “flicked off” in the opposite direction of hair growth
What are the benefits of sugaring over waxing?
- Sugaring pastes can be applied to large areas of skin, making the process of hair removal quick. (Waxing can only be applied to small areas at one time.)
- Sugaring mixtures are water soluble, making them easy to remove from the skin. (Any wax left over on the skin must be removed with an oil-based remover.)
- Sugaring is an all-natural form of hair removal, whereas waxing contains resins and chemicals.
- Sugaring does not require strips to pull the mixture off the skin as waxing does. Rather, it is ‘flicked off’.
- Sugaring pastes go on at room temperature and therefore do not pose the risk of burn. (Wax is applied hot, posing the risk of burn if not applied properly).
- Over time, sugaring can damage hair follicles and stop hair growth completely.
- Sugar is a natural exfoliant and the process provides moisture to the skin, leaving it feeling soft post-treatment.
What are the downsides of sugaring?
- Unlike waxing which you can find in almost any salon, finding a specialist that does body sugaring can be difficult
- If you make your own paste, it can be difficult to find the right consistency
- Hair must be a certain length before you can use sugaring to remove it
- If sanitary methods are not used, you could end up with complications such as redness, scabbing, or infection
What areas of the body can you use sugaring on?
As long as the hair is long enough to pull out, you can use sugaring anywhere on the body. Hairs need to be approximately the length of one grain of rice (1/8 inch) before they can be removed. With that being said, sugaring cannot be used for men’s facial hair which is too thick and rough to be removed by this method.
How often should you have sugaring done?
Depending on your hair type, you will probably have to sugar every 25-30 days. Keep in mind, however, that the more often you sugar, the less you will have to do it over time.
Does sugaring hurt?
Yes. When you perform body sugaring you are ripping the hair out from the root – and this is painful. With that being said, sugaring doesn’t stick to the skin as much as waxing does, so many people find it to be the less painful of the two treatments.
Does sugaring work?
Yes. Sugaring is a safe and effective form of hair removal. While it will not permanently remove hair, it will remove it temporarily and cause it to grow in softer and slower. The more often you use the treatment method, the longer the effects will last.