If you’ve been scrolling through Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube lately, you’ve likely come across the buzz surrounding sugaring. This ancient hair removal technique, with its origins tracing back to Egypt, has gained significant popularity on social media platforms.
Sugaring offers a less painful alternative to traditional waxing. It involves the use of a paste made from sugar, lemon, and water. This paste is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth and then removed in the direction of hair growth, ensuring the entire hair bulb is extracted.
The Pros of Sugaring
Sugaring is a very natural and safe way to replace waxing. The sugaring paste is composed of sugar, lemon, and water. It looks like this…
Each ingredient serves a purpose: sugar functions as an adhesive that holds onto hair and pulls it out by its roots, lemon juice discourages crystallization with antiseptic properties, and water allows for the appropriate textural consistency during application. In contrast to waxing which may irritate the skin, sugaring is appropriate for various kinds of skin, especially for sensitive skin.
Side Effects of Sugaring
While sugaring is generally gentle, potential side effects include redness, irritation, ingrown hairs, allergic reactions, and infections if proper sanitation practices aren’t followed.
Redness is typically temporary, and cold compresses or hydrocortisone cream can help alleviate irritation. Proper exfoliation can reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. However, it’s essential to avoid sun, sauna, sweat, etc for a few days post-sugaring to allow the skin to heal.
The Cost of Sugaring
Traditional waxing is a little cheaper than in-salon sugaring treatments. The price is also dependent on which body part you want to target with the sugaring method.
For instance, facial sugar is roughly around $15 while full-leg sugar is about $100! In order to retain results, you should make a follow-up appointment every four to six weeks depending on your hair growth.
DIY Sugaring for Hair Removal
The good news is that you can make sugaring paste at home. To prepare the paste, bring 2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of water to a boil in a saucepan. After cooling for 20 minutes, pour the mixture into a glass jar.
When using the paste to remove unwanted hair, ensure the hair is no longer than a quarter-inch, as trimming promotes root removal and reduces discomfort. Apply the paste in small, uniform sections, working in the direction of hair growth. Holding the skin taut during removal ensures thorough root-to-tip hair extraction, resulting in smooth, hair-free skin! Enjoy!