lemon + sugar + water
The earliest references to hair removal came from the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece. Early writings out of Mesopotamia tell of kings asking that women be brought to them clean and smooth. In other words, hairless. Ancient Egyptians placed a high importance on aesthetics and cosmetics. Egyptian hieroglyphics describe how slave girls serving Pharaoh were expected to remove their body hair. Hair on the body was considered unclean by the upper class. Possibly through a fortuitous accident, the method of using sugar for hair removal treatments was developed. Sugaring was considered an art and became a tradition that was passed down through generations.
Body sugaring is a safe and 100% natural method of hair removal. It is done with a paste that consists of only sugar, water and lemon juice. There are no chemical additives that can irritate the skin. Sugar is gentle enough for delicate skin and can be applied on any body part.
The sugar paste is molded on to the body against the direction of hair growth, then removed from the root with the direction of the hair growth with a flicking motion of the wrist. This method results in less hair breakage for a long lasting effect. Over time there is a reduction of hair growth, and the hair grows back thinner, finer and sparser.
Ouch Factor? Okay, it’s still pulling out hair from the root, but most people find it less painful. Sugar doesn’t stick to live skin cells, only to the hair and dead skin cells which means less irritation and discomfort. The result is just smooth skin!
Get the most out of your hair removal services with the following tips:
Hair Length: It is important to come into your hair removal service with at least 1/4 inch of growth, in order to effectively remove your hair. if your hair growth is not sufficient for removal, you will have to be rescheduled.
Comfort: Our highly-trained estheticians work hard to give our guests the most gentle and painless service possible. because each of our guests have different levels of tolerance and sensitivity, we offer numbing gel available for purchase. other precautions you can take to reduce discomfort:
avoid caffeine/alcohol the day of your service, as it increases blood flow and sensitivity. avoid applying makeup to freshly-sugared skin, which can cause infection or irritation. ibuprofen or aspirin before your service can help reduce pain and prevent swelling.
Shaving: However tempting it may be to get rid of the stubble that grows in between appointments, shaving is counterproductive to sugaring and waxing. because hair grows on separate cycles, shaving ensures a more uneven result. shaving causes the texture of your hair to feel more thick, sharp and coarse, negating some of the major benefits of sugaring. shaving can cause irritation and ingrown hairs. lastly, shaving will make your next sugaring appointment more painful.
Exfoliation: Use an exfoliating scrub or ointment regularly between your treatments, and on the day of to help prevent ingrown hairs, and to keep your skin and hair follicles soft and smooth.
Lotions/Oils: Keep your skin free of any lotions/oils on the day of your service. oils/lotions can act as a lubricant on hair follicles, making it difficult for the sugar to adhere properly. after your service, only apply gentle, perfume and chemical free lotion as needed.
Tanning: Tanning (in the sun or in a bed) the day of your appointment leaves your skin extra sensitive, which can lead to more pain and irritation. if the hair removal area will be exposed to sun the following day, make sure to use high spf sunscreen. alternatively, getting sugared right after spray tanning will remove your tan anywhere that the sugar is applied. always get your spray tan at least 24 hours after having hair removed.
Exercise: Sweating, chaffing, and high body temperature can cause a freshly sugared area to become irritated, swollen, sensitive, and cause ingrown hairs. wait at least 24 hours before working out
Maintenance: Sugaring reduces hair growth over time. book your hair removal appointments on a regular maintenance schedule (every 4-6 weeks) to ensure the smoothest result and most painless service possible.