Today, I thought I’d share with you a little natural beauty tip. If like me you prefer DIY hair removal, rather than regular expensive trips to the beauty salon, you probably use shop-bought wax or pre-prepared wax strips. You may notice ingrown hairs, skin irritation or blocked pores. Or as a lover of all things natural, perhaps you are concerned with the vast number of chemicals in your wax or animal testing.
There is another way that is much more economical and also more fun if you enjoy making up your own potions like I do. And that is sugaring.
There are soooooo many benefits to using sugar paste over wax:
It contains no foreign chemicals that often irritate the skin. Wax contains many preservatives and petrochemicals that block pores and can cause irritation.
As the sugar mixture is water-soluble, any residue wipes off straight away. This means you won’t have that horrible sticky post-wax feeling afterwards.
No Blocked Pores
As a consequence of this, you won’t need to use any pre- or post-wax products that are designed to soothe the skin (because you won’t have any irritation to soothe!). Most post-wax products also contain mineral oil, which is known to block the pores at the best of times. Add to that an open pore that has had its hair removed and you are asking for an infection or red, angry bump!
No Ingrown Hairs
The sugar is removed WITH the direction of hair growth rather than against it, as it is with waxing. This means the hair is removed from the follicle and is much less easily snapped, which often causes ingrown hairs.
No Skin Trauma
Sugar does not stick to live skin cells, which means it doesn’t cause any trauma to the skin, as with wax. This also leads to the number 1 benefit…..
No Pain (well less!!)
It is MUCH less painful!! Honestly, it’s true!! Because the sugar adheres only to the hair and not to the skin, you will find it considerably more comfortable than waxing.
How to Make your Own Sugar Paste
225g Granulated Sugar
60ml Lemon Juice
Replacement Wax/Fabric Strips (you can get these from Superdrug or you can find them online)
Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan and boil for approximately 5 minutes.
Your mixture should begin to turn a lovely light golden colour.
Keep and eye on your mixture and stir occasionally. Be really careful not to burn it or overheat.
Leave to cool for 10-15 minutes and you will have a lovely dark caramel-coloured mixture. Give it a stir – the mixture should be runny – if it is too sticky or hard, you have overcooked it. Just add a little more water and warm on a low heat, stirring to combine. Leave to cool for a further 5 minutes if you have reheated it.
Using a spatula, remove a small amount of the sugar paste. It should form a thin layer on your spatula. Test a little of the sugar on the inside of your arm to check the temperature. If it is too hot, leave for another few minutes.
When it is ready, apply a thin layer of sugar paste to the area you want to treat – AGAINST the hair growth. This will seem odd if you are used to home waxing but trust me, this part is important.
Smooth your fabric strip AGAINST the hair growth. Holding your skin taut, pull off WITH the direction of hair growth in one swift movement. Take care to stay close to the skin and not pull upwards.
When You Have Finished
If you do have any remaining sugar on your skin, this is easily removed with a bit of water or a damp cloth.
When your sugar has cooled considerably but is still liquid, pour carefully into an airtight container and leave to cool fully before storing ready to be re-heated next time you need it.
Note: Do not pour hot sugar into a glass jar, as it will smash!
Give it a try. I’d love to know how you get on and if you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or on my facebook page.