Vegan-uary isn’t just about what you put it in your mouth – it’s also about what you put on your body! Traditional waxes are made using beeswax (not very vegan) whereas sugaring paste is made from just lemon, sugar and water – so natural you can eat it.
To find out if sugaring is better for your body as well as for the environment, we asked the Beauty Pros at Sugaring London all of the questions you’re dying to know, to find out if sugaring really can give you less ingrown hairs, smoother skin and more time between salon appointments (sounds too good to be true, right?!)
How Does Sugaring Work?
Sugaring is a method of removing unwanted hair in the natural direction of growth by applying a paste of lemon juice, sugar, and water. The same ball of paste is used throughout the treatment. Your sugaring technician starts by moulding the paste in their hands to warm it up and make it easier to work with before smoothing the warm (not hot!) paste onto your skin, rubbing it on against the hair growth. To remove they simply flick their hand back, going with the growth, pulling up hairs with the paste – no strips of paper necessary.
Is Sugaring Less Painful Than Waxing?
Yes! Our therapists are highly trained in the art of sugaring and know how to apply the paste so that it’s less painful than waxing. Removing unwanted hair in the natural direction of growth causes less trauma on the hair and less pain for you. Sugar paste also takes to the temperature of your skin rather than being heated to scalding hot like wax, so you never need to worry about heat discomfort or getting burned.
What Makes Sugaring Better For Your Skin Than Waxing?
Sugaring takes off all the unwanted hair AND exfoliates your skin – so it’s two treatments in one. Unlike waxing, sugaring doesn’t adhere to live skin cells but instead nourishes the skin, making your skin silkier and smoother with every treatment. If sugar paste gets left behind on your skin or clothes, it’s super easy to wash off with lukewarm water, sticky wax residue is a much bigger pain to remove. Wax can contain all sorts of nasty chemicals like petroleum based resins and parabens which aren’t very healthy for your skin – why slather on unnatural chemicals when you can opt for a recipe written by mother nature?
Does Sugaring Prevent Ingrown Hairs?
Sugaring doesn’t just remove hair without giving you ingrown hairs, it also actively helps to get rid of existing ingrown hairs! Ingrown hairs happen when the hair follicle gets clogged by dead skin cells – the exfoliating effect of the sugar granules remove any dead skin cells to stop this from happening. Build up of bacteria is another cause of ingrown hairs but the sugar and lemon in sugaring paste are actually antibacterial! During the First World War, soldiers used to apply sugar to their wounds because bacteria can’t survive in high concentrations of sugar. The citric acid in lemon juice also has antimicrobial properties.
What’s The Best Way To Prepare Before A Sugaring Appointment?
The minimum length your hair needs to be for a first time sugaring is 5mm (the length of a grain of rice) to ensure the hair can be effectively removed. We also recommend that you don’t moisturise on the day of your appointment and if possible, exfoliate any time up to 24 hours before your treatment. Lots of women think that sugaring is a no-go if it’s that time of the month, but we can still sugar during your period so don’t be shy!
Does Sugared Hair Grow Back Slower Than Waxed Hair?
It does take longer for sugared hair to grow back, as we ensure there is no breakage when we pull out the hair, which means less time at the salon and more time to show off your smooth skin! Sugaring also leads to hair reduction over time as the individual hairs grow back less thick and less dark after every treatment.
How Long Has Sugaring Been Around?
Even though the hair removal market is currently dominated by waxing and we’re only just starting to see sugaring salons popping up, it’s actually the oldest form of hair-removal that exists. Sugaring was developed by the ancient Egyptians who considered a hairless body synonymous with royalty, class and prosperity. At Sugaring London, we’ve taken this ancient tradition of the East and combined it with our own modern methods to give you skin that is smooth, glowing and ingrown hair free!