What Is Sugaring
Sugaring is a relatively popular and "ancient" hair removal technique. It dates to the pyramid era of the Egyptians. It gained so much popularity then and now because it's one of the cleanest and hygienic ways of removing excess hair.
Unlike waxing, sugaring is totally organic and uses an all-natural paste to get rid of body hair. You can read up more on the basics of sugar.
Sugar wax or paste is made up of three ingredients: sugar, lemon, and water. There are usually no additives, although some people include honey, salt, and some essential oils. But even without these things, it works like magic.
How Does Sugaring Work
The sugaring paste/wax/gel is usually applied to the skin. When the sugar is applied, it enters the hair follicles. This acts as lubrication to the hair and helps to remove hair from the root easily.
The ahh-may-zing thing with this hair removal method is the fact that it only sticks to your hairs and not your skin. Thereby making the experience less painful and more bearable.
Sugaring is safe for all hair types and can be applied anywhere from the legs, the arms, the armpit, bra line, and even the bikini line.
While it may seem like sugaring is becoming increasingly popular right now, it is the oldest form of hair removal technique. It was something the Egyptian and Persian ladies didn't take lightly.
Is Sugar Paste & Sugar Wax the Same Thing?
This is one question I get asked every time.
Well, technically yes, they are because their composition isn't any different. But, when looked at from a range of other perspectives, you might be forced to draw a line.
The major difference lies in their thickness. Most persons refer to the thicker sugaring as 'sugaring wax’ and the lighter one as 'sugaring paste.'
Sugar wax is usually cooked to a much thicker consistency, very similar to caramel, toffee, or a thick taffy. Sugar paste, on the other hand, is usually lighter, with a consistency close to that of honey.
What Is Sugar Wax?
This type of sugaring is made simply with lemon juice, water, and organic raw sugar. It is usually cooked to a thick and slightly hard consistency.
It's much like when you make candies.
But even at that, we know making candies isn't always a walk in the park.
After succeeding at making your wax, you can then go ahead to mold it into shape. This might require some skills, but don't worry, it doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
Sugaring wax is reusable. This means that you can roll up that ball of sugar and reapply to several places as many times as you choose
If you're a beginner at sugaring or waxing in general, you might want to start with sugaring wax as it is best for longer, coarser, and denser hair types. Basically, anyone who wants to zap from hairy to silky.
Its consistency range is between medium to thick and is usually used at room temperature.
Sugar wax requires only your fingers. Although, you can use an applicator if you're into that.
You can see an application of sugar wax below any of our product pages.
What Is Sugar paste?
Sugaring paste or sugar paste is somewhat different from sugaring wax.
For one, its consistency is much lighter, very close to that of honey.
It is also made with sugar, lemon juice, and water. Although, some people prefer sugar cane to raw sugar when making their sugar paste.
Sugaring paste needs to be heated up in a wax warmer or microwave before it is applied.
Unlike sugaring wax, paste needs an applicator. Don't get worked up, the wooden spatula in your house will do. A fabric strip will also come in handy for peeling it off.
Sugar paste is best for shorter and sparser hairs, at most, ¼" of hair growth.
The beautiful thing is that even a third-grader can complete the whole process. Plus, it doesn't leave you with a lot of mess to take care of.
Sugar Paste or Sugar Wax: Your Take?
Now that you know the differences between the two, which is a better option for you? Should you do your sugaring with a sugar paste or a sugar wax?
That depends on where you currently are in your waxing or sugaring journey. If you're on a beginner level, then the thicker, the better.
If on the other hand, you've had your stints with waxing or sugaring, then sugar wax will be just fine.
If you're wondering why this is so, I'll explain.
While sugaring isn't a permanent solution for removing body hairs, your hair grows shorter and thinner every time you do so.
If you have been leaving those hairs or shaving them, there's a higher tendency that they have grown back coarser and probably even longer.
Lighter and loose paste is pretty much ineffective when it comes to picking and pulling off coarse and longer hairs.
You run a risk of mild skin irritation with both methods, but nothing compared to what you'll typically face with traditional waxing.
For traditional waxing, you could have ingrown hair.
Other side effects may include slight bruises, pimples, bumps, redness, and hair breakage.
These things are not so common with sugaring.
It all depends on how sensitive your skin is and how you handle the pre and post hair removal procedure.
Is Sugaring Better Than Waxing
My straight answer is "yes!" Unless you're into unnecessary pain and you love the feel of wax on your bare skin, I'll say you ditch traditional waxing for sugaring.
Still not convinced? Here are some reasons to do so:
#1. More friendly On the skin
Sugaring is totally organic. Meaning, it's healthy. You don't have to fear some unnamed chemicals giving you allergies.
Sugaring hair removal is also great for persons with sensitive skin. This is because, aside from the fact that it contains only natural ingredients, it only pulls at your hairs and not your bare skin.
#2. Minimal Pain and Discomfort
Yeah, we know that when it comes to beauty routines, the maxim "no pain, no gains" holds true. But, it doesn't have to be unbearable.
Everything from traditional waxing, to lasers, epilators, or tweezers will cause you to promise yourself never to remove hairs at the root again— since you wouldn't stick through, why not go for something less painful?
Sugaring is by far the answer to this puzzle.
Now I'm not saying you might not yell a few times. But trust me, the pain is way less and disappears after only a few seconds. Of course, every form of hair removal has its fair share of pros and cons. This one is definitely worth the effort.
#3. Less Mess
Believe me; you do not know the good in this.
Sugar paste and wax are both water-soluble and so can easily be cleaned in no time. When you have to clean something sticky, you'll understand why this is a major breakthrough.
Now you know that sugaring can give you that smooth, silky, and hairless skin you desire for as long as eight weeks or even more. Plus, it isn't only more affordable; it is less painful and way healthier.
Here's the catch!
You don't have to wait till summer to have that bikini-worthy body. You can start now.