In today's How To DIY, 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 highly relevant for my readers to know about. If you wonder what it is, 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 doing the same process. However, it is way better for your skin because it is much more gentle on your skin if done correctly. 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 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. 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:
- 2 cups of sugar +
- 1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice +
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 cup of sugar +
- 1 cup of honey +
- freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
Stove Heating Directions:
- Combine the ingredients of your chosen recipe in a heavy saucepan and turn on the heat to medium.
- 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.
- When the mixture reaches 250° Fahrenheit, take it off the heat. (Tip: if you want it thicker, heat to 245°F)
- 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).
- Continue to let it cool until it reaches room temperature.
- It will then be ready to use.
Microwave Heating Directions:
- 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.
- Once finished cooking, allow to cool until warm and pour it into a glass canning jar.
- Let it rest until it's at room temperature.
- It will then be ready to use.
How to Apply your Sugaring Wax:
- Lightly dust the surface to be waxed with cornstarch and rub it in.
- Using the popsicle stick or spatula, apply a thin layer in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
- Cover with a cotton strip, rub the fabric firmly and make sure you follow your hair growth direction.
- 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).
- Repeat as needed until you have done the entire area you are targeting.
- If needed, reheat the mixture if it gets too cold.
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- 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 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, it won't have the right consistency when it cools down.
- You can also work
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.
Article Contributed by Danielle Winters
Organic Natural Beauty Directory Founder
Thank you to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.org for this information.