Hair removal is a summertime necessity for most women. There are harsh methods along with methods that are gentler. Razoring is an example of the preferred method that is gentlest. The harshest method that is most popular is waxing.
One method that is not advertised very much on television is particularly gentle while at the same time being highly cost effective. Since this is a do-it-yourself method; most companies cannot make too much money off of it and therefore it is not as well-known or well-promoted.
You can actually create this hair remover at home and achieve very beautiful results. The method is sugar hair removal and it is a method of pampering and one that delivers antioxidants and exfoliation to the skin.
The sugar hair removal method should be preferable because you can do it easily at home in your own bathroom; no professional or salon required. Sugar is gentler to human skin than waxing is and your results of a sugar hair removal treatment can last weeks. In addition it’s really cheap to do and waxing always contains harsh chemicals and is traumatizing to the skin.
Sugar paste can be quickly rinsed down any drain in your home. Wax on the other hand requires a tedious clean up and has a petroleum base. Many people believe that petroleum clogs the pores. If you’d like to try removing your hair with sugar then you should keep a few things in mind. The hair to be removed must be at least a quarter inch long. If your hair is longer than this, simply trim it.
Your body and hair must be clean. It’s best to remove your hair with sugar after showering or bathing.
Do not moisturize before starting this process. It will effect your results. You can moisturize after. Be freshly showered and have your skin free of creams and oils. Add some baby powder–or plain cornstarch if you want to be completely natural–to the areas you plan to remove hair from to ensure that the areas are dry.
Put the sugar paste on, smoothing it in the direction of your hair’s growth. You can use the flat side of a spatula to apply paste if you don’t want to use your hand. Make sure you only use a thin layer of sugar paste.
Grab a piece of cotton fabric and fold it over leaving a small tab of fabric to peel away later. Press it on top of the paste. Now pull the strip of cotton fabric away from the skin against the hair-growth direction; like you were waxing the area.
Don’t simply pull the cotton fabric up or out. Consciously pull in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Hold your skin in place while you’re removing the cotton fabric. Make sure the cotton fabric removal is a sharp movement.
It’s best to do this on small sections of skin when removing hair from delicate areas of the body. You can use larger sections when doing parts like the legs. Some people prefer warm paste. If this is the case; make sure you don’t heat the paste in the microwave until it is too hot. You will scald yourself when you apply it. The wax should be warm to the touch like a baby’s milk. Some use hot water to make the paste hot. This is not a good idea because too much water can make the paste too thin.
Make a new batch of sugar paste each time you remove hair. If you must save your paste it must be refrigerated in a completely sealed container. If water or air get into your mixture; your paste will easily spoil. Sugar hair removal is one of the best methods of hair removal. Your paste is completely natural and safe for the environment and for your skin.
You can also add your own ingredients like essential oils that compliment the exfoliation properties of the treatment. Oils such as this include, lemon oil, orange oil and neroli oil.
This method will probably take a little trial and error for most people; but is well worth the practice sessions. Combining hair inhibitors along with the use of sugar hair removal is a great idea and allow your results to last much longer.
Hair inhibitors work by temporarily blocking the hair follicle and slowing down the growth of new hair. Since you’ve already removed the hair at the root with the sugar paste removal; your hair inhibitor results will last a good long time. There are hair inhibiting lotions available at most major drugstores now. These lotions usually contain soy extracts as soy tends to inhibit hair growth.
Historically sugar hair removal was the chosen method by royalty. Somehow, over time, this method has fallen from public interest. It’s instead been replaced with so many harsh methods like lasers, wax, metal tweezers, blades, electric shock, home chemical creams and wax.
Sugar hair removal was originated by the Persians. It was an excellent solution to a common problem. Some people combine lemon juice with water and sugar in their paste. Many would find this method a bit drying. You might also experience some skin bleaching with this method since your pores are wide open and receptive to the ingredients in the hair remover. This would not be the desired result for many people with darker skin tones.
Some simply use sugar and water.
Though sugar hair removal involves pulling the hair out from the roots; human skin is not removed in the process of sugar hair removal. This is a problem with many waxing treatments. Skin is left raw.
Ideal sugar paste consistency is a trial and error process in the beginning. Each person will have their own desired consistency for ease of use and cleanliness. Sugar hair removal is such an appealing process because it is homemade. You can’t get any better than that. You control what ingredients you put in your sugar hair remover. You control the scent and the used by date. You will probably use less than three one-pound bags of sugar in a year’s time. This is a much less expensive method of hair removal even than a year’s worth of cheap razors and is almost as effective as hot wax!