Sugaring…What’s it About?

I recently heard of something called sugaring, so naturally I was intrigued. It sounds like something you would do as part of a baking project. Being that I am not a fan of consuming processed sugar, I felt obligated to learn more about it and figure out why I kept hearing about it.

It turns out sugaring has absolutely NOTHING to do with eating sugar. However, it is a supposedly very effective and less painful method of hair removal. As a matter of fact, I like this method better than many others which use harsh chemicals that get absorbed through the skin. I was so happy to discover that sugaring does NOT encourage people to eat large amounts of sugar, but in fact use it to remove unwanted hair that I felt it was my duty to share these findings with all of you. As you know, I am a big fan of natural alternatives.

Sugaring is an ancient middle-eastern practice that uses an all natural paste or gel made from food-derived ingredients like sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove the hair follicle from the root. The results can last up to 6 weeks!

The two types of sugaring, using the paste and gel are performed differently. Here’s how:

  • Paste: Considered the traditional technique, a warmed thick mixture is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth using the hands. It’s then flicked off in the in the direction of hair growth.
  • Gel: As in waxing, the gel is applied in the direction of hair growth and removed in the opposite direction with a cloth or muslin strip.

A few reasons why I really like sugaring are:

  • Natural ingredients – you avoid absorbing dangerous chemicals through your skin
  • Quick & easy clean up: sugar is water soluble so it cleans right up with water
  • It can be done by a professional or at home. You can easily buy a kit online so you can sugar yourself!
  • Over time, with continued sugaring, you may even see a permanent loss of hair as the hair follicles become damaged from repetitive treatments

If you have been unhappy with your current hair removal routine, or just interested in trying something new, consider finding a salon near you that offers sugaring. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t have silky smooth legs!