Body hair removal has always been a hot topic – maybe now more than ever thanks to the age of social media and a massive shift in mainstream body image ideals. It’s no surprise that the hair removal industry is constantly evolving and improving. According to the American Laser Center, the average woman will spend roughly 58 days and $15,000 on temporary solutions battling arm, leg, and facial hair over the course of her lifetime. That’s quite a bit of time and money invested in the pursuit of hairlessness, and those figures don’t even begin to account for men across the globe.
Consumers have a variety of options to choose from, ranging from DIY fixes like shaving or waxing to professional services like IPL or Laser therapy. Although these tactics are tried and true, another option is pushing its way into the hearts (and routines) of beauty enthusiasts worldwide.
Strangely enough, the most popular option for temporary hair removal this year is a technique that started around 400 BC. The women of ancient Egypt felt that a hairless body was the ultimate display of youth and beauty, and went to great lengths to keep their skin silky smooth. In the 2,000 years since Alexander the Great ruled vast swaths of land, body sugaring has crept back into society and is now the tactic of choice for many actors, models, and athletes.
So what’s the difference between waxing and sugaring? For starters, sugaring is one of the gentlest natural techniques available on the market. A gel made from sugar, lemon and hot water is used to pull hair out of the roots. Unlike waxing, the mixture only binds with body hair, not skin. The hair is removed from the root - which increases hair softness - and can even reduce regrowth over time. This popular technique only adheres to dead keratin cells and hair so there is no chance of skin damage, leaving the skin not only hairless, but also exfoliated and smooth.
Since it doesn’t strip away layers of skin with unwanted hair, sugaring is a safe and convenient option for sensitive areas and for those with sensitive skin. Another major benefit of sugaring is that the mixture doesn’t dry at all. Instead of the constant ‘dipping and stripping’ of waxing, sugaring allows you to work over an entire area without having to remove and reapply.
If nothing else, you should consider sugaring as your newest hair removal technique because it is much more sanitary than waxing. Bacteria is able to grow inside wax jars, often leading to contamination. The high concentration of natural sugars found in the sugar paste makes it impossible for bacteria to grow, translating into a much safer alternative for hair removal.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!