Acrylic nails, perms, and eyebrow threading. These are just a few things in the beauty world best left to the professionals. When it comes to waxing, many people leave it for their salon appointments as well. However, if you’re into DIY beauty recipes, there’s one for sugar waxing that will leave your legs smooth, without having to break the bank or leave the comfort of your home to get it done.
Below, we’re going to give you the full low-down on DIY sugaring for healthy, silky skin. Ready to learn more? Keep reading, love!
The Benefits of DIY Sugar Wax
When done correctly, using sugaring wax for your hair removal will leave you in a sweet-smelling, hairless bliss. There’s a reason that sugaring was the primary hair removal method in ancient Egypt; it’s even said Cleopatra herself may have been a fan!
Below, we’re going to share with you some benefits of sugar waxing:
- All-Natural. Sugar wax recipes contain ingredients that are all-natural, which make them ideal for those with sensitive skin.
- Less Painful. Sugaring pulls hairs from their roots and less on the skin, which makes it less painful than regular waxing methods.
- Ideal for Fine Hair. Thick-haired beauties may be better off with regular waxing, but among those with finer hair, sugaring is known for working very well.
What is Sugar Wax?
Essentially, sugar wax is a waxing solution that is completely natural. Unlike regular waxing methods or shaving, sugaring exfoliates and hydrates the skin on the face or body. Plus, shaving can usually result in ingrown hairs and lead to hair growing back quickly. Sugar waxing pulls from the root and keeps legs hairless for longer periods of time – in some reported cases, even up to 28 days!
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for a simple, but effective at-home sugar wax recipe:
- 1 Cup of White Sugar
- ⅛ Cup of Lemon Juice (Apple Cider Vinegar can also work as a substitute)
- ⅛ Cup of Warm Water
To make the sugar wax, follow the steps below:
- On the stove, place a medium-sized pot and add all the ingredients listed above.
- Next, set the stove to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Be sure to stir frequently, as this will prevent burning.
- After you notice the mixture start to bubble, reduce the heat to medium and continue stirring frequently.
- When the mix starts to turn golden brown, it’s time to remove the pot from the heat. You’ll be looking for a consistency similar to hot syrup. If it seems like it’s a little more on the thick honey side, keep it on the heat a tad longer.
- When the sugar paste consistency is correct, transfer it from the pot to a bowl and allow it to cool for 30 minutes. After waiting for a half hour, you should find that the wax is still warm and easy to manipulate.
The Skin Prep
Before applying the sugar paste you just made, you’ll want to prepare your skin. Cleanse the area that you’ll be waxing with a natural soap and lightly exfoliate. If you’re going to wax your face, using a facial cleansing brush will be very beneficial. The skin you’ll be working on should be clean and be free of any oils and lotions. If your skin is naturally oily, you may use a body wipe or witch hazel to remove excess oils. If your skin is burned from the sun or exhibiting any forms of irritation, avoid these areas until they have healed.
How to Use Your Sugar Wax
The DIY sugar wax recipe you’ve made is good for use on the face or body, as long as the hair you are removing is at least ¼ inch in length. Check out the steps below to learn how to use your homemade paste:
- Using the tips of your fingers and thumb, hold the wax.
- Spread the sugar wax in the direction of your hair growth.
- Using the other hand, pull the skin tightly and peel the wax off quickly in the opposite direction.
- Always rip the wax parallel to the skin, never upward.
- If you’re left with extra sugar wax, you may store it in a plastic container at room temp.
The Aftercare Process
Once you’ve removed the unwanted hair from your body or face, you can use a wax remover or warm water to get rid of any remaining residue. Post-sugaring, using coconut oil will help reduce the acidity from the apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, which will soothe the skin. Finally, if you’ve used the sugar wax in the armpit or bikini areas, try to avoid hot baths, as this will irritate the skin.
With that, happy sugar-waxing, beautiful!