Sugaring paste – a natural hair removal method

14 June 2011 Beauty, DIY One Comment

Sugaring

Waxing, plucking, shaving – are these methods just not right for you? Personally, I have extremely sensitive skin, so waxing has never really been an option (in case the chemicals cause further irritation), and shaving can make hair grow back thicker so that was a definite no-no! Whilst searching for a more natural method of hair removal, I came across sugaring. After trying it out just a few days ago, I decided that I simply had to share this method with girls all around the world! Interested? Read on…

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Sugaring paste is a method of hair removal that was first used by women in Ancient Egypt, and although the name may not sound particularly attractive, the results are definitely worthwhile! In this article, I will be specifically covering the technique of sugaring paste (as this was the method I used). However, these ingredients can also be used to make a sugaring gel, in which the technique is similar to that of waxing.

First off, the ”ingredients”
Note: This gave me quite a lot of sugaring paste to work with, so if you just want to test the method, you may have to use less of each ingredient. However, make sure you keep to the same ratios!

- 2 cups brown or white sugar (I used white granulated sugar)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice/concentrate with pulp and seeds removed (I used fresh lemon juice)
- 1/4 cup water

Next up, the “recipe”
1) Put all of the above ingredients into a thick metal saucepan and bring to a boil. Remember to occasionally stir the mixture to check its consistency and to make sure it doesn’t stick to your saucepan.

2) Once you notice significant bubbling, turn the heat down so that the mixture is at a light simmer. Again, keep checking the mixture by giving it an occasional stir.

3) Leave to simmer for around 25-30 minutes. You should notice the mixture eventually turning golden, then amber. The mixture will be ready when it reaches a slightly thicker, honey-like consistency.
Tip: to test the consistency, take a teaspoonful of the mixture and run it under cold water. Once it is cool enough to touch, take some of the mixture between your fingertips. It should feel thick enough to be able to easily roll into a ball and not brittle.

4) Once you feel the mixture is at a honey-like consistency, tip it out into a container, such as a glass bowl/dish.
Note: it can sometimes be difficult to get the correct consistency first time round. If it isn’t thick enough, keep it at a simmer for a bit longer. If it is too thick and becomes brittle, you will have to start again. Don’t worry, you’ll get it eventually – just be patient with it!

Warning: be very careful! The sugar is at an extremely high temperature and will instantly scald your skin if the sugar comes in contact with it.

5) Leave the mixture to cool down to room temperature. Alternatively, while you are waiting for the entire mixture to cool, put a small amount into a separate container. This way, the cooling process will be faster and you will be able to start sugaring once this small amount has reached room temperature!

And finally, the all-important method!
1) For hair removal to be most effective, lightly exfoliate and cleanse the skin of moisturisers and oils.

2) Apply a light layer of baby powder to the area you wish to remove hair from. This will help the sugaring paste adhere to the hair better, and less to the skin.

3) Scoop some of the cooled-down mixture out using your fingers, and roll it around in your fingers to warm it up slightly and so that it will be easier to work with.

4) Begin applying the paste to the area you wish to remove hair from by using your fingertips, in the opposite direction to hair growth. You should use light pressure, and be able to feel the paste sticking to the hairs.
Note: At least 1/16” (roughly 2.5mm) hair growth is required for this technique to work.

5) Hold the skin taut and, with a rapid motion, rip the paste in the same direction as hair growth (as if you were ripping a plaster/Band-Aid from your skin). You should be able to feel the hairs being pulled out. This technique can take some getting used to – keep practising!

6) Continue this process from step 3 or 4. One ball of paste can be used several times. You will notice that the paste will change colour as you use it. (Using white sugar turned my paste a light yellow-brown colour).
Tip: if some of the paste remains on the skin, simply re-apply the paste you are using, and remove in the same motion. However, if the paste does not come off easily, this usually means that all of the hair from that area has been removed. Do not force it off as this can be very painful!

7) Once you have finished, simply wash off with soap and water. It is inevitable that you’ll have missed a few hairs here and there, but just grab a pair of tweezers and pluck them out!
Tip: to help prevent redness and irritation, apply some Aloe Vera gel to help cool the skin.

So to sum it up, whilst I dare not risk using any other hair removal method because of my sensitive skin, I cannot seem to find fault with using sugaring paste (apart from the fact that it is a little messy! However, this problem is very easily resolved with some soap and water).

Using sugaring paste is less likely to cause ingrown hairs, as hairs are removed in the same direction as hair growth. What’s more, it’s a natural and cheap alternative to waxing, and can be used on virtually any part of the body! And if you’re still not convinced… the mixture is edible (although a little too sweet for my liking!)

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  1. Thanks a lot…

    Hi, I really appreciate your post, pretty good reading. I’ll be looking forward to coming again….

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