A lot of people nowadays do some grooming before they go out. The problem with grooming is that hot wax treatment is painful, and razor burns sting, so people are looking for some alternative way to do it. In this article, we will talk about a very efficient method that deals with unwanted hair: sugar wax.
Sugar wax or “sugaring” is starting to gain a lot of popularity. Nowadays sugar is one of the most common ingredients used in food. However, sugaring to remove hair is a method used for centuries by Egyptian and Greek women.
Similar to other types of waxes, sugar wax is applied to the skin and then removed, removing body hair along with it. It can also be used for your face.
What is Sugar Wax?
Sugar wax is made by combining sugar, honey, water, and lemon juice.
What makes this method great is that when you remove it, it doesn’t pull the top layer of your skin, which is what happens at a traditional waxing at a salon. This is one of the discomforts that occur during traditional waxing.
By sugaring, you can remove the hair nicely because the sugar sticks to the hair and not the skin. For sugaring to be effective, your hair needs to be at least a quarter-inch long so the sugar can bind to it.
If you find the process uncomfortable, remember that other methods of waxing are far more painful.
If you have sensitive skin, sugaring is considered a much better option compared to traditional waxing.
Also, the sugar acts as an exfoliator for the skin, which ensures softness. This is a great way to take care of your skin, and it lasts only a couple of rounds.
Since you only need sugar, water, and lemon juice for sugaring it makes it simple to make, cheap, non-toxic, and easy to clean up afterward.
Some researchers suggest that sugar waxing is efficient for about eight weeks after hair removal. The hair that grows back might even be softer than it was at first.
How to Make Sugar Wax
There are four steps to making sugar wax:
Step 1- Blend Lemon Juice With Water
Place the lemon juice and room temperature water on the stove in a small pan. Slowly turn up the heat. It’s possible to make sugar wax without lemon, but it’s better to include it. Lemon juice helps fight bacteria that may cause breakouts and nourishes the skin with high levels of vitamin C. It also works as a natural moisturizer since it removes dead skin cells.
Step 2- Add Honey and Sugar
Second, put honey and sugar into the mix and stir it. Local raw honey is always a great option. Raw honey can speed up the healing time in case you get a rash. It also has natural antioxidants that help with faster healing and add a youthful look to the skin. The sugar provides the skin with a soft touch while rinsing.
Step 3- Making the wax
After the stove is already hot, you can turn down the heat and continue to stir. The mixture should start bubbling and you should wait until it turns into a smooth and golden color. Make sure not to overcook it because it can become hardened making it very difficult to handle. If the mixture turns out to be too thin, it might be too hot. The ideal balance is about 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4- Conservation and Aftercare
Finally, the wax should have a warm honey color. After blending it, remove it from the stove and place it into a heat-safe glass or steel bowl.
How much wax you need depends on the area that you are covering. If there is any wax left over, put it in a refrigerator for a maximum of four or five weeks and reheat it when you want to use it again.
How to Prepare Your Skin
After you have made your sugar wax you can start prepping your skin.
While the sugar wax mixture is cooling down, wash and dry the area you want to apply the mix to. Don’t put on any lotion or makeup before waxing.
You might want to do a patch test before applying a larger amount. If you notice redness or other kinds of unusual sensitivities you should stop immediately.
How to Use the Sugar Wax
There are two common methods you could use to remove body hair or facial hair with sugar wax. One is to use your fingers to remove the wax, and the other is to use small pieces of cloth to remove the wax.
Some individuals find if it best to use their fingers to roll the sugar into a sticky ball, and then apply it to the skin since it brings them the best results. But, some think the wax is too sticky and it won’t come off as easily if they don’t use a piece of cloth.
Using a cloth to remove the wax is similar to the method used in traditional waxing.
You should probably try both methods and decide which one gives you the result you are looking for.
Potential Risks and Side Effects
Sugar wax is considered generally safe for most skin types if you follow the steps correctly and manage not to burn yourself.
This recipe is considered best for softer hair, like leg, back, and chest hair.
The underarms or bikini line hair are perhaps the most risky areas for using sugar wax since the hair is cruder in those areas. Do a patch test before choosing to sugar wax those areas.
The eyebrows and the upper lip may be problematic as well
Keep in mind, if you are inexperienced with any type of waxing, it might better to look for a professional to perform the waxing, especially if you have a history of negative reactions.
Sugar Wax Aftercare
After waxing, rinse the waxed area in warm water, and carefully remove left-over sugar from your skin. Use a natural moisturizer and avoid hot water and saunas for the next few days so the skin has time to properly heal.