What is sugaring?
Using a technique which originated in Egypt, a paste made primarily of sugar is applied to the surface of the skin. The sugaring paste is then removed taking the hair along with it.
How does sugaring work?
The sugaring paste is warmed and then applied thinly to the skin in the direction of the hair growth. Reusable cotton strips are then pressed firmly onto the paste and then sharply pulled back thus removing the hair with the sugaring paste.
On what areas of the body can sugaring be used?
Practically all areas including eyebrows, upper lip, underarms, legs, arms, stomach, and the bikini line. Men have one exception - they cannot use sugaring on the beard due to a different hair root system.
How long before hair regrows after sugaring?
Generally sugaring hair removal lasts between 4 and 6 weeks depending on the level of hair growth. The hair is removed from the root. Repeated sugaring treatments can tend to weaken the hair so it becomes easier over time.
Is sugaring painful?
Some report a slight sting comparable to ripping a sticky tape from the skin. The skin may be red for a while after sugaring but this usually disappears within 24 hours.
Is sugaring safe?
Yes, the ingredients are all natural. Sugaring even has healing properties. Paste solutions which are purchased can also contain other ingredients such as citric acid and gum Arabic.
The citric acid is an astringent which can tighten the skin making hair removal easier and the gum Arabic gives a proper consistency to the paste making it easier to remove.
What are the differences between sugaring and waxing?
Wax adheres to the hair and the skin. Sugaring paste adheres only to the hair so there is less discomfort.
Wax is applied either hot or cold (in precoated strips) to the skin. Sugaring paste is used at room temperature or slightly warmed.
Wax often contains chemicals which can be a little hard on the skin if used repeatedly. Sugaring paste is completely natural and gentle on the skin.
Wax can be messy to clean up due to the petroleum base. Sugaring paste is easily cleaned up with water.
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