How to Use Body Sugaring for Hair Removal
Body sugaring is a method of hair removal dating back to Ancient Egypt. This cheap alternative to waxing is easy to do in the privacy of your own home with the simple recipe below. Similar to waxing, the hair is removed from the root, resulting in smoother, longer-lasting results, and when the hair grows back it is often softer and thinner than before. However, many people find body sugaring to be much less painful than traditional waxing, and it is certainly no more difficult.
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Here is what you need:
- 1 cup sugar
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1/4 cup honey
strips of cotton fabric
popsicle stick or tongue depressor
To make sugar paste:
Heat sugar, lemon juice, and honey in saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling. Remove from heat and set aside until cool enough to handle, but not until hardened.
Add sugar, lemon juice, and honey in microwave-safe bowl. Mix until completely combined. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes or until smooth and bubbly. Let sit in microwave until cool enough to handle, but not until hardened.
To remove hair:
Cleanse and exfoliate skin. Dust with cornstarch to prevent irritation of skin and ease removal, and use popsicle stick or tongue depressor to spread sugar paste in a thin layer over a small area. Place cotton strip over sugared area, press down into paste, pulling slightly against the direction of hair growth as you do, to lift the ends of the hairs and anchor them in the cooling paste. Hold skin taut around area with one hand, grip the end of the fabric with the other, and pull quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth. Do not pull away from skin, but rather in a direction parallel to it to ensure pulling hairs out by the root. Reheat mixture for 20 seconds in the microwave if it gets too hard to spread.
Leftover paste can be stored in any clean, dry, oil-free airtight container such as a cosmetics case or glass jar. Cotton strips, too, can be reused. Spray with stain-remover spray or soak 20 minutes in warm water with dishsoap to loosen sugar, then wash by themselves on cold cycle and machine dry.
The first time you try body sugaring, test on a small area of skin beforehand. If you have any adverse reaction to the paste, do not attempt hair removal with this method.
Though not as painful as waxing, please expect some discomfort with body sugaring. Pain will lessen with repeated use, as hair thins and softens.
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