Sugaring is an ancient method first introduced by the Egyptians, it is a sticky paste mainly consisting of sugar and when applied to the surface works to remove hair from the follicle. The paste is made of natural ingredients and can be purchased at a drugstore or prepared inexpensively right in the convenience of your own home.
Sugaring is an alternative to waxing, which, for some is less harsh on the skin. Sugaring can be applied to the brows, upper lip, underarms, legs, and the bikini line. The best results can be achieved when the hair is about ¼ in. in length. Compared to waxing, sugaring is said to be less painful because the sugaring paste adheres to the hair only instead of the skin. A benefit from using this method containing all natural ingredients is that it can be a healing agent. The citric acid in the paste acts as an astringent firming the skin. Arabic gum is used for consistency in the paste making it easy to remove which leaves the skin less irritated.
Generally, Sugaring can last up to 8 weeks, it is very easy to clean up, there is no heating and no messy cotton strips involved. A basic recipe for the sugaring agent calls for: sugar, lemon or lime and water. The ingredients are all poured into a saucepan, heated over a low flame while stirring until your substance becomes smooth minus any clumping. After you notice the agent turning to a rich, golden brown color this signifies your solution is ready for cooling. Once you have cooled the sugar paste, it is ready for use. It may be relatively thick and takes some muscle in the finger to gather it up making it ready to apply to an area for hair removal. There is no need to worry about saving any unused paste since it can be easily made again.