Sugaring is a method of removing hair from the body that is performed in the same manner as waxing. The difference between sugaring and waxing is in the ingredients. The sugaring recipe contains no wax. Instead, it relies on liquefied sugar to remove hair.
The ingredients for the sugaring recipe are very inexpensive. All you need is white sugar, lemon juice and water. To create the "wax" mix 2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over the stove. (That's an 8:1:1 ratio.) Heat the mixture over low heat until it turns a deep caramel color. Take it off the heat and let it cool a little, then transfer it to a storage container.
There are two ways of using the sugaring paste—cold or warm. When cooked correctly and for long enough, the paste should be hard but still pliable with effort at room temperature. Simply take a handful and spread it on the area that you want to remove hair from with just your hands. Pull it off in the direction of the hair growth. It you didn't quite cook it long enough and it is not pliable, or if you prefer warm waxing with strips, heat the mixture in the microwave for about 10 seconds or just long enough to make it pliable. Use a popsicle stick to spread the mixture on the area that you want to remove hair from. Place a cloth over the sugar paste. Rub it a few times to secure it and pull it off in a quick movement. Reheat the mixture if it cools down too much.
Removing Sugaring Residue
The residue left over from a sugaring session is easy to remove because it is water-soluble. Just use soap and warm water to remove any traces of residue. Apply a moisturizer to the freshly sugared area afterward.
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