How to Perform Sugaring Hair Removal

by Contributor

Lemon juice prevents the sugar mixture from crystalizing.

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While you can visit a spa to get a sugaring hair removal treatment, it's easier to make your own mixture and apply it at home. Sugaring gets rid of unwanted hair while removing dead skin cells, which leaves you with softer skin. Check your pantry before making a trip to the store -- you may already have all the ingredients you need. This inexpensive hair removal method lasts about a month, depending on the individual.

Items you will need

  • Knife
  • 1 lemon
  • Pot or pan
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Cornstarch
  • Tongue depressor
  • Cotton fabric strips
  • Small tub or jar
Step 1

Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze half the juice into a pot or pan. Add 1 cup sugar and ¼ cup honey. Heat the mixture on the stove top, using low heat, for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat when the sugar dissolves and the mixture has a smooth consistency. Let the mixture cool until it's just a little warmer than room temperature.

Step 2

Clean the area to be waxed. Dry it thoroughly. Dust the area with cornstarch to draw out moisture and improve your skin's tautness to reduce pain.

Step 3

Spread a thin layer of the warm sugaring hair removal mixture onto the dusted area using a tongue depressor. Place a strip of fabric over the top of the mixture. Press down on the strip, rubbing opposite the direction of hair growth. Run your hand or fingers over the strip three to four times to ensure all the hairs adhere to the fabric.

Step 4

Pull your skin taut. Grab the end of the fabric strip and pull quickly, against the direction of hair growth. Don't hesitate, as this will make the process more painful. Discard the used strip.

Step 5

Store your leftover sugaring hair removal mixture in a tub or jar. Heat the solution for a few minutes in the microwave before using it again. Store this treatment in your refrigerator for several weeks.

Tips

  • Make fabric strips from natural cotton, such as old T-shirts or sheets.

    Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to apply the mixture if you don't have a tongue depressor .

    Buy pre-made sugaring products if you prefer not to make your own, but read product reviews before trying them.

Warnings

  • Sugaring hair removal is painful; however, over time it should become more tolerable.

    Avoid sugaring hair removal if you use prescription-strength acne medication or products containing alpha hydroxyl acids.

Photo Credits

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