2 DIY Body Sugaring Recipes for Natural Hair Removal

In today's How To DIY, I thought I would look into Sugaring recipes for hair removal. This caught my attention while I was scouring the web and I feel that this is something that is highly relevant for my readers to know about. If you are wondering what it is, basically it's a sugary mixture that is heated, applied and removed just like traditional wax with strips of fabric to get rid of hair in unwanted areas. The regrowth time is about the same a using traditional wax because you are pretty much doing the same process. However, it is way better for your skin because if done correctly it is much more gentle on your skin. Sugaring is a lot like exfoliating. Unlike wax, it only removes your dead skin cells. Wax, however, removes the full top layer of your skin! Ouch! The plus of using sugaring is that your skin is left soft and smooth. Sugaring is cost-effective, you'll know exactly what's in it, and there isn't much mess! This is because the mixture is water soluble and can be easily washed off. Now that's what I like to hear; No fuss waxing! I have to confess that. Personally, I don't wax, I tried doing it to myself on small test areas and couldn't bring myself to pull the strip with confidence. I even went to a salon to get it done professionally, and I was a big baby and couldn't handle the pain time and time again. But don't let that deter any of you from giving this a go! These tips are for your benefit so let's get into it, shall we?

Supplies you will need include:

  • Candy thermometer (so you can check the temperature while you are heating it)
  • 1" wide strips of cotton fabric that are about 8"-10" in length
  • Wooden popsicle sticks or spatula

Ingredients of Sugaring Mixture: lemons used in sugaring recipes

Recipe #1:
  • 2 cups of sugar +
  • 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice +
  • 1/4 cup of water

Recipe #2:
  • 1 cup of sugar +
  • 1 cup of honey +
  • freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon

Stove Heating Directions:

  1. Combine the ingredients of your chosen recipe in a heavy saucepan and turn on the heat to medium.
  2. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook until the mixture reaches 250°F; make sure you stir the mixture often, so it doesn't boil over.
  3. When the mixture reaches 250°F take it off the heat. (Tip: if you want it thicker, heat to 245°F)
  4. When off the heat let it sit until it's warm and then pour into a glass canning jar (or any spare glass jar you have with a lid).
  5. Continue to let it cool until it reaches room temperature.
  6. It will then be ready to use.

Microwave Heating Directions:

  1. Using Recipe #2 combine the items in a large glass bowl and heat for two minutes. Make sure to stop every 20-30 seconds to stir.
  2. Once finished cooking, allow to cool until warm and pour it into a glass canning jar.
  3. Let it rest until it's at room temperature.
  4. It will then be ready to use.

How to Apply your Sugaring Wax:

  1. Lightly dust the surface to be waxed with cornstarch and rub it in.
  2. Using the popsicle stick or spatula, apply a thin layer in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  3. Cover with a cotton strip, rub the fabric firmly, making sure you are following the direction of your hair growth.
  4. Let it sit there for about a minute. Pull the skin tight with one hand and rip off the strip quickly with your other hand. Make sure you are tearing the strip in the direction of your hair growth as this will help stop the hair breaking (less chance of irritation or ingrown).
  5. Repeat as needed until you have done the entire area you are targeting.
  6. If needed reheat the mixture if it gets too cool.

Tips:

  • Your hair should be at least 1/4" long so that the Sugaring Wax has something to grab onto.
  • You can seal any leftovers in the jar, refrigerate and reheat and use at a later time.
  • If the sugaring wax is too hard to work with you can always add a spoonful of water and then warm in the microwave until hot. Stir it and allow to cool - then follow instructions as above.
  • To be more eco-friendly reuse your strips by either hand washing them in warm soapy water or by sticking them in the washing machine.
  • If using the microwave method make sure the mixture gets to the desired temperature otherwise when it cools down it won't have the right consistency.
  • You can also work Recipe #1 sugaring wax into a malleable mass in your hand and then you don't need the cotton strips. (be careful though not to burn yourself) Rework it with your fingers until it becomes a very light pale caramel color.
  • The lemon juice is there as an antibacterial agent. As a substitution, you can also use lime juice or white vinegar.
  • Don't heat the mixture to too high a temperature otherwise; you will turn it into candy!
  So that's it! Super simple isn't it?! Please give it a go and leave your comments and experiences below.  

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By
Danielle Lewis