Unwanted facial and body hair can be embarrassing, and removal can be a daily struggle. If you have sensitive skin, this can be even more of a challenge. One possible solution is to opt for a safe, natural, homemade hair remover. You can make an effective sugaring wax at home using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Sugaring waxes have been used in the Middle East for centuries. Traditionally, brides in the Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey remove all of their body hair before their weddings using a natural sugaring paste and continue using a sugaring preparation throughout marriage. The sugar content helps to inhibit bacterial growth in a hot climate, according to Depilatory.com.
Sugaring pastes act like commercial waxes, removing the hair at the roots. Depending upon your natural hair growth, your skin may remain smooth and silky for two to four weeks. The sticky paste adheres to the hair, and when it is lifted away, the hair is removed along with the natural sugaring wax. You can safely use sugaring wax on the legs, arms, underarms, face or bikini line, but it will work best if the hair is at least 1/4 inch long, according to Beauty-Fitness-Savvy.com.
Make sugar wax by combining one cup of sugar, 2 tbsp. of lemon juice and 2 tbsp. of water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer until the sugaring paste turns from golden to brown, between 250 degrees and 270 degrees F on a candy thermometer, suggests HowToSugarWax.com. Allow the mixture to cool until it can be handled, or to room temperature. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
Sugaring waxes can be used warm or cool. If you opt to warm the sugaring paste, it can be applied with a spatula and removed with strips of cotton muslin. Smooth a thin layer of warm sugaring paste onto the skin, then press a cotton strip firmly on top of the wax. Pull away in the direction opposite natural hair growth. Muslin strips are not required if you opt for cooled wax. Flatten cool wax between your hands until it is 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick. Press onto clean, dry skin then pull away against the natural direction of hair growth.
Sugaring is uncomfortable or even painful depending upon your pain tolerance. You may want to try sugaring on a leg or another less delicate area before trying to wax the bikini line or underarms. Over time, it may become less painful and hair growth may lessen. Expect redness and some amount of irritation after sugaring; however, this should resolve within just a few hours.