How To Use Sugar For Painless Waxing

Written by Jyotsana Rao, BE  • 

When it comes to hair removal, the first few things that come to our mind are shaving, waxing, and sugaring. Laser hair removal is one technique that has a long lasting effect, but it is way too expensive. So, really not a practical solution for hair removal.

Waxing and Sugaring – aren’t both the terminologies same? Both are used for hair removal, both follow the same technique, and both are designed to pull out the hair out from the follicle – then why is sugaring considered superior to waxing?

The one factor that they both differ in is the level of PAIN we experience.

Are you tired of pre-waxing anxiety and post-anxiety burns and blisters? Then this article is for you!

Who knew waxing using sugar could be so pain-free and literally such a sweet deal?

Sugaring is basically a form of hair removal technique that is performed using sugar and a water based formula. Sugaring is again of two types – one in which the formula is applied at normal or lukewarm temperature, and the second one in which the cool sugar formula is applied directly to the skin and is massaged deep into the hair follicles. It is applied in the direction of hair growth, and gently pulls out unwanted hair from the root. Since cold waxing takes a lot of time and patience, most people opt for lukewarm sugaring.

The lukewarm sugaring process is similar to waxing in a few ways. A sticky paste is applied to the skin in both the cases and cloth or strip is rubbed onto the area and then pulled off quickly to remove the hair from the root. But there are a few significant differences between both of them. Here is a list of the differences between sugaring and waxing:

1. Sugaring Is Much Lesser Painful Than Waxing.

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Unlike waxing, which pulls out live skin cells in addition to the hair, sugar removes only the dead skin cells from the skin, making the process less painful. The sugar gel does not stick to the skin; it only sticks to the hair, and thus it really gets just the hair out of the roots.

While waxing, hot wax is applied to the skin. This process takes our breath away (especially the application of hot wax in certain sensitive areas, such as the labia while having Brazilian waxing done is so dreadful!) Whereas, in sugaring, a lukewarm paste is applied to the skin. The temperature is comfortable, and it actually feels soothing.

2. The Paste Used In Sugaring Is All Natural.

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The paste or the gel used in sugaring is made up of all natural ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, and water (some people add glycerin too to moisturize the skin.) The natural ingredients make it safe to apply anywhere on the body and are eco-friendly too.

It is best for those with sensitive skin and for those who are prone to allergies.

3. There Is Less Or No Redness Or Blistering After The Sugaring.

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Since there is a significant difference in pain levels, the chances of redness and blisters are also less.

It takes almost a day or two to recover from the effects of waxing, while in the case of sugaring, our skin is back to normal within a couple of hours. The credit goes to sugar as it is gentler on the skin as compared to wax.

Well, something good has been discovered for people with sensitive skin!

4. This Process Isn’t As Sticky And Messy As Waxing.

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As we all know, sugar is soluble in water. Thus, cleaning the left-behind residue is not a big task at all! All you need to do is wipe it off with a damp clean cloth or cotton. To soothe or calm the skin, you can apply some baby powder on it after you are done with the hair removal.

Few Dos And Don’ts For Sugaring

  • Though sugaring is a great way for hair removal, experts suggest that you should not try this on your eyebrows. The reason behind this is, the eyebrow area is highly sensitive and pulling the hair off at once could be very painful. Thus, threading would be preferred over sugaring.
  • Sugaring is the best way of hair removal for those with sensitive skin, and thus, the chances of irritation are almost negligible.
  • To perform sugaring, your hair must be at least a quarter inch log so that the sugar gel will be able to bind with the hair well and remove it from the root.
  • It is very important to exfoliate your skin before practicing any hair removal technique, and sugaring is no exception. Exfoliating removes dead cells from the skin, making the task less painful. It is hard to perform sugaring on oily skin as sugar gel does not bind well to oily hair. Instead, it slips off. Thus, make sure you exfoliate your skin well.
  • Once you’re done with the sugaring, make sure not to apply anything hot to your skin, including water. You must also avoid exfoliating your skin post sugaring. Avoid workouts and even sauna for 24-48 hours.
  • If you’re sugaring your bikini line, apply a soothing balm to lessen the pain post sugaring, if any. If there are any hairs left (3 or 4 strands) that you notice post sugaring, you can remove it with the help of a tweezer or by threading, instead of applying sugar gel over the skin again and again.
  • If the pain in your bikini line persists even after 48 hours of sugaring or waxing, you must consult a dermatologist immediately.

Before trying anything on your skin, remember, our skin is soft and sensitive. Treat it nicely and gently!

This was all about sugaring – why sugaring can be the best way of hair removal.

Which hair removal technique do you use? Have you ever tried sugaring? If no, we suggest you get it done from a professional for the first time. After that, you can do it by yourself at home. Try it out and share your experience with us in the comments box below.

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