What is Sugaring?
Sugaring is one of the most ancient forms of hair removal. Dating back to early Egypt, this method has made it’s way into the modern world of hair removal and is becoming quite popular among beauty goers.
The sugaring technique employs the use of a sugar paste made from sugar, lemon juice and water. This substance has a wax-like consistency and color, but without the sticky resins, chemicals, preservatives and dyes that conventional “strip” or “hard” wax contains.
The mixture is slightly warmed to room temperature, applied against the direction of the hair growth and then removed with the natural direction of the hair growth. The technique resembles somewhat of a smoothing of the paste over the area of the face or body with the an applicator and then “flicking” it off. Sugaring is far more gentle than waxing with less redness and irritation, and because the product is not heated, no risk of burns.
Sugaring Vs. Waxing
Sugaring and waxing are very different. As we said earlier, the sugaring paste is applied in the opposite direction of the hair growth and removed with it, whereas waxing is applied with the direction of the hair and removed against it. Traditional waxing uses either muslin strips or hardens on the skin before removing it.
Wax removal can often be harsh and result in hair breakage. When the hair breaks under the skin’s surface, the hair that grows in thereafter gets trapped, causing an ingrown. We all know how incredibly painful ingrown hairs can be, not to mention difficult to extract and heal, especially in the bikini area—ouch!
Another major difference between body sugaring and waxing is that the sugar only adheres to the hair follicle and never to live skin cells. Commonly used wax substances, because they contain resins, stick to live skin cells, causing not only pain with removal, but can lift the live skin! This results in a burn, usually scabbing over—definitely not a pretty result!
The sugar paste on the other hand, never adheres to live skin, but only to dead skin cells. The mixture permeates deep into the hair follicle, effectively removing the hair and the inner root sheath (the white, waxy bulb you find at the end of your hair shaft).
This removal is also a gentle, yet effective exfoliating treatment that leaves your skin silky and smooth after the process. This makes sugaring my most preferred method, because it is excellent for sensitive skin types.