Sugar Smooth Summer
Updated: Jun 8, 2019
It's that time of the year we've all been waiting for, SUMMER!
Bring out the beach bikinis & tank tops!
Between vacation & pool parties on the calendar, we all face the same dreaded issue...
bikini & underarm hair!
Not only does is look unattractive, hair is "porous" meaning it can hold sweat. (ewww)
Which brings us to our next segment: What do you do about those areas?
Sugaring vs Waxing
(ding ding ding!)
Let's begin with reviewing the preferred choice.
The practice of sugaring originated in ancient times in the Middle East.
I choose to purchase my sugar from a professional company for the sake of consistency.
But I have read it is pretty easy to make.
It involves cooking up a sticky gel-like paste made from sugar, lemon juice, and water.
This paste is then used similarly to how wax is used for hair removal—only the paste is organic, biodegradable, hypoallergenic and applied at room temperature.
(That's huge! That means you don't get a heat rash & your skin can recover much faster.)
This sweet substance removes the hair from the root without sticking to or pulling at live skin cells, so it tends to be gentler than waxing and better for ingrown hair issues.
The end result: smooth, hairless skin, which lasts for three to five weeks!!
Waxing is the process of hair removal from the root by using a covering of a sticky substance, (usually warm), to adhere to body hair, and then removing this covering and pulling out the hair from the follicle. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to sixweeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different growth cycle.
Post-sugaring & waxing, apply cold compresses or consider cooling gels. Keep the clothing loose and the fabrics natural.
Refrain from working out, taking hot baths—and if you've sugared the bikini area, having sex—for a couple of days so that you don't create a buildup of sweat, which can lead to the dreaded ingrown zone.
Exfoliate a few times a week with a body scrub or a chemical exfoliant to remove dead skin cells that can clog your pores.
If you like the results, go ahead and book your next appointment for about three to four weeks out. During the summer, an esthetician's schedule tends to book up faster.
Does It Hurt?
Sugaring doesn't not hurt. But many people do find it less painful than waxing. As mentioned, the sugar paste doesn't stick to live skin cells like wax does, so that means less irritation.
That being said, if you're transitioning from shaving to sugaring, you'll probably find it more painful than someone who's been waxed before.
Over time, the procedure will be less painful, as your hair growth becomes thinner.
You should not have sugaring done if any of the following apply: you're using retinol or vitamin C on your skin; you're taking steroids; you're using Accutane; you have bruising, swelling, rashes, open sores, a sunburn, or cold sores.
In my professional opinion & personal experience, I would say SUGAR.
It has been unbelievable to see my clients' and even my own results.
The good news is, there's something for everyone!
It really is a matter of personal preference.
I've had clients mention pro & cons to both.
I'm curious to hear about your experiences!
What do you do about hair removal?
Do you get rid of it professionally or at home?