It’s sweet, sticky and leaves your skin hair-free, according to the Huffington Post's “Beauty Glossary” series.
Detailing sugaring, an all-natural method of hair removal, HuffPo reports that while waxing and shaving, the two most traditional treatments of hair removal, are less pricey than new age lasering, the foreign procedure is a “way sweeter deal—literally.”
“Sugaring is a hair removal treatment that has been practiced for centuries throughout North Africa, Greece and the Middle East,” the Huffington Post says of the sticky paste composed of hot water, lemon and sugar. Consulting Hibba Kapil, eyebrow expert and salon owner, the professional says the ancient technique “is by far one of the most gentle and ancient techniques that's a natural alternative to lasers, and one that lasts longer than traditional waxing.”
"[Sugaring] does not stick to skin but only to the hair. Therefore, it really gets the hair out of the roots," says Kapil. "So rather than a wax that adheres to your skin and pulls your skin when you are removing the hair, sugar just binds to your hair and only pulls the hair."
Salon Sugaring NYC details the difference between waxing and the age-old treatment, pointing out the positives of the latter. While “waxing is made of resins and often toxic chemicals,” sugaring is hypoallergenic “with no chemical, fragrance or coloring additives.”
Heating wax to extremely high temperatures to get the maximum effect can cause severe burns and even scars in the worst case scenarios, whereas sugaring is applied at room temperature, making it a safer method. Lastly, “sugar cannot adhere to live skin cells,” making it possible to re-apply the paste to particularly stubborn areas; however, waxing does hold fast to skin cells and can remove cells and “cannot be applied to an area more than twice.”
Ideal for sensitive skin, Kapil said the treatment is perfect for “blonde peach fuzz as it's less likely to cause irritation.” No matter your hair color, any hair must be grown out so that the “gel is able to bind to the hair and pull it out at the root,” adds Kapil.
After you have treated your skin with such sweetness, certain activities such as visiting a sauna, working out or hot showers should be avoided for 48 hours. Kapil recommends No Bumps Bikini Salve or 1% hydrocortisone cream after the procedure to ensure no irritation. The only other thing needed to assure sugaring is a success is patience, as it usually takes a few sessions before hair is completely removed.
For stubborn hairs that can't be sugared away, simply grab a pair of tweezers to pluck them out, Kapil recommends. So next time you have to remove unwanted hair, consider how the ingredients in your kitchen can sweetly do the job!
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