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Sugar Pasting: A Safe Way to Wax

Updated on June 28, 2013

Sugar Paste

There is a natural solution. It's called sugar paste.

Sugar pasting is known to be less painful than traditional, resin waxing because it's made from natural food grade ingredients. It's less available on the market, but many natural shops offer sugar paste at reasonable prices. Hair is removed at the root, which makes sugar pasting, also known as "sugaring", very similar to traditional waxing. The difference? Less pain and no skin irritations.

To remove excess residue, all you need is warm water.

Sugar Pasting: A Safe Way to Remove Hair

Far too many spas don't practice safe waxing. These unsanitary methods can result in problems such as breakouts, infections and disease. Men and women see the benefits of traditional waxing immediately, but few stop to question the risks. But the sad fact is, there are risks in traditional waxing.

Risks include:

  • Skin infections
  • Breakouts
  • Burned skin
  • Soar, red skin
  • Disease

Like I said, the benefits are immediate and customers often go home satisfied. But why go to a salon and chance the risk of skin infections when there's a safer way? Why not use a wax that's so natural, you don't have to worry about your health?

Smooth Skin with Sugar Paste

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Sugar Wax vs Sugar Paste

If you want natural ingredients, avoid using sugar wax. This is very similar to the traditional resin wax, which means similar drawbacks. What's more, sugar wax is not as effective. Once the hair is removed, you're still at risk of ingrown hairs and skin irritations.

If you find sugar wax on the market, approach with caution, or not at all. Look at the ingredients. Are they natural? Recognizable? Or do they have chemicals, dyes and artificial fragrances?

Sugar paste never contains unnatural ingredients. It's made up of organic sugar, lemon juice, water, and essential oils. Ingredients so pure, they're edible!

So now you know the difference. Don't let sugar waxes mislead you! Ingredients found in sugar pastes, on the other hand, are so natural they can't harm you. Of course, you should always look at the ingredient list in case you're allergic to any of the natural ingredients.

The Sugar Paste

Thick 8 oz. sugar paste with lemon essential oils.
Thick 8 oz. sugar paste with lemon essential oils. | Source

How to Use

Sugar paste can be used on eyebrows or any other area of the body, although some pastes can't remove men's facial hair.

Step by step instructions vary depending on what sugar paste you buy. The best instructions I've found are from Brown Sugar Shop. These instructions include detailed steps along with pictures to help better acquaint you with the product if you're knew to it.

It includes four simple steps.

1. Clean skin of oils and lotions that may affect the sugaring process.

2. Remove a small amount of sugar paste with clean fingers. For facial hair, underarms or bikini area, use a piece about the size of a large marble. For legs or other larger areas remove a piece the size of a golf ball. This piece can be used over and over again. The sugaring paste acts as its own “wax strip”. It is only necessary to use a new piece of sugar when the piece loses elasticity or becomes full of hair.

3. Apply sugar with fingertips to the area to be sugared. If new to sugaring, start with a small area until you get used to things. Start spreading the sugar in the opposite direction of hair growth. Go over the same area three times to work the sugar into the hair follicle. On your third pass, quickly flick the sugar off in the direction of hair growth- think pulling parallel and down, not out and away.

4. With the same strip, repeat on the other leg.

Apply, then Strip Off

What's the Next Step?

Forget the old mantra "Beauty is pain" when it comes to waxing. You have the option of using resin wax, which is painful, risky and contains unnatural ingredients. You can also choose sugar waxing, which is quite similar to resin wax, but with a sneaky twist. The name leads you to believe sugar wax is made up of food-grade ingredients, when in fact it contains dyes and chemicals.

Lastly, you can go the pain-free route with sugar pasting. Enjoy the beauty, forget the pain.

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