Sugar wax is a paste made from a combination of sugar, honey, water and lemon juice. When you remove it — unlike traditional waxing in a salon — it doesn’t pull the skin, which is what causes much of the discomfort of traditional waxing. This is because the sugar binds to the hair, not the skin.
The sugar also acts as an exfoliant for the skin giving you soft skin. Research suggests that the hair that grows back in will be softer than the original.
According to Health Services at Columbia University, sugar waxing is good for six to eight weeks of hair removal.
Note that this recipe works best for softer hair such as hair on the legs, back, and chest. I caution against sugar waxing areas such as the underarms or bikini where the hair is more coarse. Make sure to test a small area first if you choose to sugar wax in those areas. The eyebrows may be a challenging area as well. The upper lip may be okay, but please test first. Regardless, if you are uncertain, work with a professional to perform any waxing.
So let’s get to it! Here’s what you need to do.
First, Put the lemon juice and water in a small pan on the stove and heat slowly.
Next, add the honey and the sugar and stir. Using raw local honey helps prevent breakouts caused by bacteria.
Reduce the heat, continue to stir and allow the mixture to simmer until it turns smooth and golden in color.
Be careful! Be sure not to overcook your sugar wax.
Note, this recipe should yield enough for one or two legs.
- 1 cup organic raw cane sugar
- 2 tablespoons raw local honey
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- Small pan
- Soft towel
- Popsicle stick or small plastic spatula
- Small pieces of thin cotton fabric (about 1 inch by 3 inches each)
- Airtight container for storage of leftover wax
- Put the lemon juice and water in the pan on the stove. Heat slowly.
- Add the honey and the sugar and stir.
- Reduce the heat. Continue to stir and allow the mixture to simmer until it turns smooth and golden in color.
- Once heated and well-blended, remove from heat and transfer to a heat-safe glass or stainless steel bowl.
- Wash and dry the skin to be waxed.
- Use a popsicle stick or small spatula to apply a thin, even coating of the wax to a small area of the skin you plan to wax. Apply in the opposite direction of hair growth.
- Place pieces of fabric over the wax firmly by rubbing and pressing down. Allow it to cool against the skin.
- Holding the skin taut, pull fabric pieces off quickly in the same direction as hair growth.
- Repeat as needed to remove unwanted hair.
- Refrigerate any leftover wax in an airtight container for up to four to five weeks. Reheat to use.
While the mixture is cooling, wash the area you want to wax and dry it well. Use a popsicle stick or a small plastic spatula to spread a thin, even coating of the sugar wax on a small area of skin. Make sure to apply it in the opposite direction of hair growth. (Before doing this, I recommend you do a small patch test to make sure the wax does not cause unusual irritation).
Place a strip of the cotton fabric on the area and smooth it down by pressing and rubbing it. Allow it to cool on the skin. Then, holding the skin taut, very quickly pull the cloth in the direction of hair growth
When you are done, rinse the area in warm water. Apply a natural moisturizer and be sure to avoid any additional exfoliation, hot water, and the sauna for a couple of days to allow the skin to heal from the hair removal process.
If you have any left over, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to four or five weeks, then reheat when ready to use.
It is as easy as that! This may have been a different show than what you are used to but it is an all natural life hack that absolutely worth sharing.
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Until next time, this is Dave Sherwin wishing you health and success!
Note that this information is presented as educational in nature and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure or prevent any disease.