Does anyone actually get butterflies and warm fuzzy thoughts when thinking about hair removal? I certainly don’t but I do get warm fuzzy thoughts when thinking about an alternative to dripping hot wax on my body.
A few years ago, I had plans to go for dinner with a friend after work but there was one stop we needed to make on the way. She had a sugaring appointment. A what? I had never heard of sugaring at the time and the only thing I could think to compare it to was a painful waxing experience.
I have to admit, I was all over the internet in a matter of seconds to find out more about sugaring and within the hour I called to make an appointment at the same time as my friends so I could give this a try. Sitting in the studio I remember being super nervous about the amount of pain I was about to endure and cursing myself for doing this.
Fast forward 3 years and I am an avid supporter of sugaring!
Sugaring is actually very different than waxing. The application is different, the pain is different and the benefits lean more towards sugaring than waxing.
Firstly, the sugar paste is made only of sugar, water and lemon juice. Nothing more, nothing less. Wax has many chemical ingredients – mostly resins and preservatives. Sugaring paste is applied at room temperature so there is no chance it will burn your skin, whereas wax is kept at a high temperature in order to keep its consistency. Because of the high heat needed for wax to liquefy, when applied to your body the heat causes swelling in the tissues which make hair more difficult to remove and often causes the hair to break before pulling the root out. Not to mention, it can burn your skin pretty badly.
Also, the sugar paste is easily removed with water so you will never leave your appointment with pieces left behind or feeling sticky. Often with wax, if there are any partials left behind you will need a chemical solvent to remove it’s residues.
Sugaring is actually much less painful than waxing for a simple reason. Sugar cannot adhere to live skin cells. Live skin cells are wet and because the paste is water soluble, it won’t attach at all. Less trauma to your skin and less discomfort – that is an all around win! The sugar paste does remove dead skin cells in the process so you are also getting exfoliation in the process!
Do I still need to convince you to give this a try?
If so, you may also want to know that a single serving glop of sugar paste will be enough to use over and over again for your appointment and then discarded. It is taken right from the tube into your practitioner’s hand so there is no contamination to happen! When using a hot wax pot, the practitioner will (hopefully) use a clean and unused stick each time to dip into the wax for each strip. This just creates waste, a mess and a possible contamination.
Lastly, I will leave you knowing that sugar paste is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. It is all natural so bacteria cannot grow on it.
Are you a fan of sugaring? Have you ever tried it? Let me know in the comment box below what you think of it.