Excruciating pain, bumps, and ingrown hairs are just some of the things women have to put up with during or after a waxing session. The payoff is weeks of hairless skin, and many agree this is a good deal.
But for those tired of this rigorous routine, there might be a way out, all thanks to the new "sugaring" trend. Just as it sounds, this hair removal method involves the use of honey, sugar, molasses, and lemon juice.
Here's how it works: you mix up these ingredients to make a thick paste that you spread against the hair grains and then remove it in the hair growth's direction. The pain will still be there, but you get smooth skin. That's what matters, right?
Here are 5 other things you should know about sugaring.
1. It's Natural
The sugary paste is made using natural products rather than resins or chemicals found in wax. Therefore, not only does it not harm the skin, it exfoliates and treats it. Waxing does not give you these benefits. Its only benefit is that it removes hair effectively.
2. It's Soluble In Water
As you know, wax does not dissolve in water. In fact, after a waxing session, it cools down and hardens, and it can stick to the hair. When the resins in the wax harden, they can make the hairs break, and that can impair their growth. That is why waxing can cause ingrown hairs afterward.
You avoid such problems when you use sugaring to get rid of hair. First, it comes off more easily, and it is non-comedogenic. Needless to say, you should always choose natural products over any chemical alternatives you can find on the market.
While the chemical-based options can give you fantastic results, they can do a lot of damage you cannot see immediately. That makes sugaring one of the best ways to get rid of excess hair.
And this hair removal method is not only natural, but it also does a clean and safe job while ensuring that no damage is done to the skin or the remaining hairs.
3. The Sugar Does Not Adhere to The Skin
Sugaring differs from waxing because it removes hair in a direction different from the one waxing uses. For this reason, sugaring holds on to the hairs much better since the substance is placed against the hair grains and removed in their direction. Waxing is the opposite of this.
But the substance does not stick to the hair, as it lubricates and removes the hair without getting attached to the skin. Wax gets attached to the skin, and it can cause skin tears as it's pulled off.
4. It Stays At Lukewarm Temperature
The sugar can be used even at room temperature, and that is better on the skin. Wax has to be hot before you get waxed, and there are usually some risks that you can get burned. Bikini lines are especially prone to burns, given their greater sensitivity.
5. Less Hair Growth Is Required Before The Procedure
Before you can get waxed, you have to let the hair grow to at least one-quarter inch in height. That usually takes about a week or two. Fortunately, with sugaring, you only need a sixteenth of an inch in hair length. Hair needs to grow for just a week after shaving before getting to this height.
Whenever you have to do anything to your skin, your best option is to go natural. Don't get blinded by how magical chemical solutions can be. That is why sugaring is worth considering as an alternative to waxing.