Sugaring: The Newest Waxing Alternative
When the summer sun starts to heat things up, the need to have a smooth, silky, hair-free skin also rises. This means the diy sugar wax season begins. But before booking an appointment, you might want to consider the newest waxing alternative, sugaring.
Sugaring: What is It?
Sugaring is an almost pain-free hair removal method. It is done with a sugar wax that is usually made from sugar, water, and lemon. Some may add essential oils and honey. According to a well-known New York dermatologist, Dr. Whitney Bowe, sugaring is one of the best options for those who prefer to use natural products with their skin due to the added resin and other preservatives to the usual waxing products used. More often than not, these added chemicals are the culprit to skin irritation for those with sensitive skin.
Dr. Bowe also added that compared to the regular waxing technique, the use of sugar wax decreases the possibility of burns. The regular waxing technique needs the wax to be very hot for it to adhere to the skin. It then becomes solid when it is cool and dry. Getting a thermal burn during a regular waxing is quite common. Although the burn will not last long, the damage can reach beyond the outer layer of the skin, which could result in discoloration or even scarring. On the other hand, sugaring uses sugar wax that resembles something like a dough. While the mixture will be heated for a bit to make it flexible, it is not required for it to be very hot to stick to the skin, which means that there is little to no risk of having any kind of burn.
According to Dr. Bowe, sugaring is less painful because the wax only sticks to the dead layer of the outer layer of the skin or epidermis. On the contrary, the typical waxing technique adheres quite strongly to the epidermis, making it very painful when pulled out.
Is Sugaring Safe?
While sugaring decreases the pain and possible burn compared to a typical waxing method, caution should always be practiced if any part of the body is involved with the procedure, specifically the skin. Dr. Bowe reminded that anyone could still get an infection. Therefore, it is best to always make sure that a new mixture is made for you.
Moreover, lemon, one of the main components of the sugar paste, is quite acidic. If a wrong ratio is used for the mixture, a chemical burn could happen. Also, if essential oils are added to your paste, remember that some could create an allergic reaction, so it is best to have your skin tested first for any irritation before proceeding.
Sugaring is a form of hair removal. Therefore, have it done when your hair is at least 6mm long, which is almost the same as a grain of rice. Also, make sure to do skin exfoliation before going to the spa and wear comfortable loose clothes to help your skin breathe after the procedure.