Sugaring is the best hair removal process, but without the right pre- and post-care, things can go sour.
In this article, you learn almost everything you need to know about preparing for sugaring.
First, I want to answer one very common question...
Do you need a pre & post sugaring care?
Yes, and here’s why.
No matter the hair removal method you chose, you’ll have a terrible ride if you don’t prepare your skin.
Sugaring is less painful than wax, but it’s not 100% painless. But you can have the best experience if you prepare.
Also, sugaring uproots the skin, so you can flaunt your smooth skin for up to 8 weeks. But the open spaces make your skin vulnerable to infection.
Of course, you can avoid that with proper care.
Also, proper care will help you to avoid irritation, slight redness, and even severe bumps.
So that said, let’s look at...
Post sugaring Care
The first step is to exfoliate your skin to give the sugar wax a good grip on your hair and not your skin.
Always exfoliate 24-48 hours before sugaring. And there are several ways to do this.
You can use sugar, nylons, loofahs, or scrubs.
I recommend DIY coffee scrubs because they’re coarse, yet mild on sensitive skin.
And yeah... we’re all about DIY!
#2. Do Not Moisturize
Sugar doesn’t stick on oil or lotion, so moisturizing your skin before sugaring is bad.
After exfoliation, avoid using lotions and creams
And if you have oily skin, you can use clarifying toner to clean your skin.
Also, you can use baby powder or cornstarch to absorb excess moisture.
#3. Prepare your Hair
While sugaring is a go-to for all hair lengths, you still want to prepare your hair for the best result.
You should grow your hair at least ¼” long. Or trim it down to the same height, so you don’t have to sugar several times.
Also, sugaring long hair can be painful. Although it’s nothing compared to waxing, you still don’t want the pain.
So if you have very long hair, trim it.
Or if it’s less than 1/4” long, you may have to wait for about 10-14 days before sugaring.
If you’ve been sugaring before now, you may wait longer than 14 days because it reduces the rate of hair growth.
So, let’s look at…
Post Sugaring Care
Now you know how to prepare your skin before sugaring. How do you take care of it to avoid skin complications or infections after sugaring?
#1. Wear Clean And Loose Fitting Clothes
Sugaring opens your pores because it uproots hair. You can wear clean clothes to avoid infection
Also, after sugaring, the skin can be sensitive. You can wear loose clothes to avoid irritation or bruises.
#2. Do Not Exfoliate
Unlike the pre-sugaring care tip, don’t exfoliate after sugaring.
You can exfoliate after 48hours. And I’d recommend that!
Exfoliating will help your blood to circulate better. It frees your skin’s excess build-up to avoid ingrown hair.
Exfoliate sensitive areas of your body with coffee scrub; I can’t overemphasize it.
After exfoliation, your skin may be dry and sensitive. You can moisturize with all-natural products after 48 hours because your skin isn’t ready for harsh chemicals.
#4. Other Do’s & Don’ts
Some other necessary things to avoid following the day of your appointment include:
- Avoid hot baths, steam rooms, saunas and any other thing that puts you in direct contact with heat
- Don’t exercise after sugaring, so sweat and bacteria won’t get into the open follicle.
- Do not tan, expose your skin to the sun, or infrared lamps until at least 24-48 hours.
- Don’t use scented soaps, deodorants, and perfumes for 24 hours to avoid irritation.
- Do not shave or use depilatory creams after sugaring.
Everyone deserves a smooth skin and a healthy way for that. And sugaring is the goto. Yet you still need to check these tips for safety and an effective result.