SUGARING: THE BEST HAIR REMOVAL METHOD
For most women, hair removal is essential for summer holidays, and most of them go through uncomfortable treatments to have their skin hairless, soft and smooth.
In the last few years, a technique called sugaring (that was used in the Middle East since 1900 BC) has become very popular.
What is the difference in sugaring and for example waxing?
Waxing is a hair removal technique done with waxes to remove hair. It eliminates the hair from roots and lasts longer than regular shaving or hair removal creams. The reason for that is that the hair needs longer to grow after it was pulled from root.
Waxing can be done at home, or you can get it done at the professional salons.
There are two types of waxes – soft wax and hard wax.
Soft wax is being applied after which you have to press a removal strip on. After a removal strip is applied you remove your wax by pulling the strip.
Hard wax is being applied on the skin and after it hardens is removed by gripping the edge of it and removing it.
Waxing lasts up to 2 weeks. To wax your hair again, you have to wait until the hair has grown long enough to be removed easily.
If your hair is to short the wax won’t grab to your hair and you won’t remove it.
What about sugaring?
Sugaring is a natural hair removal technique. It originally comes from Persia, and people use it to remove hair from roots. It’s a mix of water, lemon and sugar melted on low to medium heat.
Once it is cooled, you can apply it onto your skin and pull it to remove the hair.
It also lasts up to 2 weeks, same as waxing.
It can be used as soft wax and also as hard wax. If you don’t cook it enough, it is more liquidy and can be used as soft wax with removal strips.
It is great because you can do the paste at home.
Ingredients of these treatments:
Sugaring paste consists only of natural ingredients (sugar, water, citric acid – found in citrus fruits). It is edible and gentle to the skin.
Waxing mixtures are made of resins of different origins. It can also consist of bee wax, honey, artificial dyes, flavorings, essential oils, preservatives…
Waxing on sensitive skin can cause reactions or allergies.
While using waxes, it is very common for skin to develop burns from hot wax. In some cases, it can cause scarring. Some estheticians don’t test the temperature of the wax before directly applying it to the skin. Wax can get extremely hot in a short period of time.
Sugaring paste is being warmed to approximately body temperature so you can’t burn yourself with it. There is also a smaller chance of swelling because heat draws blood and other fluids to the skin although it may not be burned.
Sugaring paste is water soluble!
After you get waxed, it can leave your skin feeling sticky in some areas because of the wax that’s left there. It comes off after few days but is somewhat uncomfortable and hard to clean up.
Sugar paste can be easily removed with water and leaves your skin smooth.
Since it’s water soluble, sugar paste doesn’t stick to live cells that contain water. Wax does stick to them and can make skin red or irritate it.
Sugaring removes just dead skin cells and doesn’t leave the skin irritated and soft.
It is also much less painful because it doesn’t stick to live skin cells.
Sugaring doesn’t dry on the skin – so you don’t have to hurry the process
Sometimes, wax can completely cool down and dry on the skin, and the esthetician can have a tough time with removing it. It can be fixed by applying hard wax over it and removing it, but if that doesn’t work out, it has to be removed with an oil-based remover. It can be a painful process.
Sugar paste can stay on the skin for as long as you want and it can be removed easily. That means that the appointment is also much quicker than a waxing one because all of the sugar can be applied at the beginning of the process.
Sugaring doesn’t break as many hairs but it pulls them instead.
Waxing breaks approximately 30% of the hairs that are being removed. It means that the hair is being broken at the surface of the skin or beneath it instead of it being pulled from the roots. Within a week, those hairs can grow back out of your skin.
In sugaring, the paste is being applied against the direction of hair growth, and the hair is pulled out in the direction of growth. That means only a small amount of hairs does break in the process.
Sugaring is also removing short hairs
To remove your hair with waxing it has to be at least ¼ inch long. For some people, it can take about two weeks to regrow their hair to be that long. Sugaring can remove shorter hair. That means you can remove your hair after about only seven days.
Extra good side: Sugaring can lead to a reduction in hair growth
Hairs in the first phase of growth have their bulbs connected to the blood supply. If you remove those hairs, the follicle will collapse and have to build itself again to produce another hair. This gives you a much more extended period of time without hair. After some time removing hair in their early stadium it can lead to follicle atrophy – some of the follicles will permanently stop producing hairs.
What about the pain?
Sugaring is applied against the hair growth and is being pulled in the direction of hair growth which lowers the pain.
That technique also avoids making of ingrown hair so you can be sure there won’t be any more red painfull areas on your gentle skin.
Try this natural hair removal technique and enjoy the summer!