Looking for a new hair removal method that won’t irritate your skin? Try sugaring. The ancient Egyptians used this technique because it effective and hypoallergenic so it’s perfect for sensitive skin. The sugaring mixture is easier to clean up than wax because it is water-soluble.
The method resembles waxing in the way it is applied and the fact that the hair is removed from the root. Sugar, lemon juice, and water are heated into syrup which is flattened onto the skin and peeled way. The wax is ripped off, brining the hair with it.
One benefit of sugaring is that it will never burn your skin the way wax does because the ball of sugar is rolled in your hands first. In addition, the sugar mixture only sticks to the hair, not the skin, which makes it a great alternative for people who get redness or bumps from waxing.
Removing the hair by the roots means there will be no stubble and regrowth is much slower than shaving.
If you’re interested in trying this technique for yourself, read on for a recipe and directions.
I recommend making the mixture in an old saucepan with an old spoon so you don’t have to worry about them. Add 10 rounded tablespoons of sugar, the juice of half of a lemon, and one tablespoon of water the pan. Stir until the mixture is smooth with no lumps. Heat the mixture over the lowest temperature on the stove without ever changing the heat. In a little while, it will turn clear and air bubbles will surface. After that, it will turn golden brown and smell like caramel. Leave it to bubble for about 10 minutes and then remove the pan from the burner so it can cool. Stir it occasionally to see if it has set enough to be rolled into a ball.
The mixture should not stick to your fingers. If it does, too much water was added and it will not work to remove hair.
Spread some onto the area where you wish to remove the hair. Let it sit for 10 seconds and then rip off in the direction opposite of hair growth. The hair should be short. If it is too long you will need A LOT of wax to get rid of it.
If the wax cools to a point where it is no longer usable, return it to the stove for a little bit until it turns into a syrup that you can pick up with your fingers.
It will probably hurt the first couple times you try this technique but you will get used to it. If you feel sticky after from the sugar, a hot shower will take care of the problem.
This is by far my favorite method of hair removal for my legs. Shaving everyday is annoying and time consuming. I always tried to hurry the process along and ended up missing spots or cutting myself. Waxing never worked for me either. I can’t afford to get it done professionally and tend to burn myself when I try to wax at home. Sugaring is worth a try for anyone because it is so easy and inexpensive.