Sugar Vs Wax: What's the Sweeter Deal?
in collaboration with CLEO Sugaring
Hair removal (if that’s one of your things) is a pain in every sense of the word. Shaving is tedious and time-consuming; waxing is expensive and painful. But there’s a...sweeter option out there that’s been around for literally thousands of years, but has only gained more popularity with a shift toward organic, holistic skincare routines.
Enter sugaring, a natural, not-quite-so painful, and skin- and environment-friendlier option to remove face and body hair. One of the best aspects about sugaring is that no matter your skin type, hair type or gender, sugaring is an accessible, relatively painless way to remove body hair.
So what is sugaring? It might sound like something you do in the kitchen, but this self care ritual is a natural, environmentally friendly alternative to waxing. While both body hair removal methods remove hair from the root, the key difference lies in the ingredients and technique. Keep reading to learn how and why sugaring is a safe, natural, and effective form of body hair removal that will leave you feeling silky, smooth, and confident.
DID YOU KNOW Sugaring is the oldest form of hair removal, originating from Egypt dating back to 1900 BC. It was even rumored that Cleopatra herself used sugaring.
How Does Sugaring Work?
Sugaring, like waxing, removes hair by the root, resulting in two to three weeks of smooth, hair-free skin. When we remove hair from the root, it disrupts the hair follicle, leading to a reduction in hair growth, finer hair growth over time, and minimal breakage when the hair is removed.
So Sugaring Is Like Waxing?
Kind of. Sugar paste is heated, but not nearly as hot as wax, and is allowed to cool before being applied directly to skin so you won’t have to worry about burning your skin. Most salons will ensure that the wax is a suitable temperature, but you should always tell your technician if the wax is too hot!
But there's another key difference between sugaring and waxing besides the ingredients and temperature: the direction in which hair is pulled.
With waxing, the mixture is applied in the same direction as hair growth and then removed in the opposite direction of hair growth, which can often cause hair breakage, and less than silky smooth skin. Sugaring is the exact opposite. The cooled sugar paste is applied against the direction of hair growth and removed in the direction of hair growth.
What’s In A Sugar Recipe?
A sugar recipe paste is hypoallergenic and biodegradable, using three simple ingredients: sugar, lemon and water. It may be preferred over waxing because some salons use wax that contains harmful chemicals that can irritate or cause trauma to the skin.
Also, sugaring paste doesn’t adhere to the skin, so it only removes hair. Waxing, on the other hand, can adhere to your skin and cause more irritation.
How Long Does My Hair Have To Be To Remove It?
Sugaring can remove shorter hair. You don’t have to wait for your hair to grow out before removing it again. Hair only has to be 1/16th of an inch (about the size of a grain of rice) whereas your hair has to be at least a quarter of an inch to wax it off.
What Are Other Benefits of Sugaring?
Sugaring can help even your skin tone as it gently exfoliates dead skin cells with every treatment. The paste adheres to the dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin, removing them with the hair to reveal a smoother surface.
Because sugar cannot harbor or breed bacteria and the sugar content is so high in the paste, it makes sugaring very sanitary. There is also no "double dipping” or risk of cross contamination during the treatment either. If you go to a waxing salon, you should always double check that your technician doesn't double dip, either!
How Often Should I Get Sugared?
It’s recommended to come in every 3 to 6 weeks, depending on how quickly your hair grows. Overtime, you’ll begin to see finer hair growth and you’ll be able to wait longer periods of time before going in for another treatment, which saves you time and money. What’s not to love about this sweet treatment?
What Should I Do Before My Sugaring Appointment?
Before you book your appointment, remember to exfoliate and moisturize before (and after) each appointment to avoid pesky, painful ingrown hairs.
We’ll soak in a Tonic bath before an appointment to soften hair and skin then slather on some soothing Salve immediately after a sugar or wax treatment. If any ingrowns do pop up, we’ll use the Tonic as a spot treatment.
What Should I Do After My Sugaring Appointment?
It’s important to exfoliate after a sugar wax to free the skin of excess buildup of dead skin and promote circulation to heal ingrown hairs more quickly. Just be sure to wait until after day three post sugaring so you don’t aggravate or damage sensitive skin. Be gentle when using a physical exfoliant like Cleo’s organic Walnut and Mint Exfoliating Polish or an exfoliation mitt.
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