If you have unwanted facial hair, it can be a constant battle to keep the fuzz away. Shaving only works for a few days, and depilatory creams can irritate sensitive skin. You don't need to slather your face with chemicals to get rid of hair. An old-time, natural remedy called sugaring works just as well as waxing. This process uses melted sugar, honey and lemon juice to pull hair out at the root. It's gentler and less painful than waxing, too.
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Wash your face well with warm water and a gentle cleanser. This removes dirt and oil that can make hair removal more difficult.
Rub your face with a damp washcloth using small, circular motions. This exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells, making it easier to remove unwanted hair. For a stronger solution, combine 4 tablespoons baking soda with 1 tablespoon water. Let the mixture set for two minutes, then apply it to your skin with circular motions. Rinse the baking-soda mixture off with warm water after three minutes.
Combine 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup honey and the juice of half a lemon in a small bowl. Stir well to make a thick paste.
Heat the sugar mixture in the microwave for about a minute, then stir again. If the mixture isn't warm yet, heat it for another 30 seconds to a minute. Alternatively, pour the mixture into a small saucepan and heat it on a low temperature on the stove. Stir continually to prevent burning.
Wash your face as usual while you let the sugar mixture cool to room temperature. Pat your face dry with a towel.
Spread a thin layer of the room-temperature sugar wax over unwanted hair. Use a clean popsicle stick or plastic spatula for easier application.
Press a clean, dry cloth strip firmly down over the sugar wax. An old sheet or pillowcase cut into thin strips works well.
Hold your skin taut with one hand. Use your other hand to quickly pull the cloth strip away in the direction opposite the direction of hair growth.
Repeat this process as needed to remove all unwanted hair. Wipe your face with a damp cloth when finished to remove any sugaring residue.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- Columbia Health: Do-it-Yourself Potion for Inexpensive Hair Removal
- Level 2 Beauty Therapy; Jane Hiscock, Frances Lovett; 2004
- Mother Nature Network: Sugaring: An All-Natural Approach to Hair Removal
- TotalBeauty.com: The Dos and Don'ts of At-Home Waxing
- Absolute Body Waxing & Spa: Do’s & Dont’s of Waxing
- Botanica Day Spa: Brazilian Waxing -- What You Need to Know Before You Bare it All
- Woman's Day: 6 All-Natural Beauty Fixes
- Coast Magazine: Gimme Some Sugar