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Professional Or DIY Body Sugaring

By Roger Barnes

Body Sugaring is an ancient method of Hair removal, using water, sugar, and lemon juice. Historians know that the Egyptians used this natural process. Reviews say that it is less painful than waxing. You can buy sugaring products and do this at home, or you can go to a spa that offers it. You can also mix your own paste or gel and make the entire process do-it-yourself.

To make your own sugaring formula, you will need a heavy (very heavy) saucepan and a candy thermometer. One common formula is 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, and 2 cups of sugar. You cook it on the stove like you were making candy: bring to a boil, simmer slowly until the mixture is a clear, deep amber color and reaches 250 degrees. Allow it to cool slightly and pour it into a heat-proof jar with lid.

The formula seems to be pretty standard on online sites, but the directions for use differ. Some experts say to use the paste hot, being careful that it's not so hot it will burn you. Smooth the formula on with a popsicle stick or butter knife, working against the direction of hair growth. Make sure to coat each follicle well.

Quickly cover the paste with thin strips of cotton cloth and let them set for several minutes. You need to jerk the strips off in the direction of the hair growth, instead of against it like you do when waxing. This make sugaring less painful. Keep the sugar mixture hot enough to spread on easily, reheating it if necessary. It can be heated in the microwave, but be careful to test the temperature.

Another way is to use the paste when it is warm - room temperature or at body heat. Spread it on with your hands in the opposite way to hair growth, coating the follicles thoroughly. Wait several minutes and them 'flick' sections of it off a finger. There are videos to show how people do this flicking.

DIY sites say that any failure is probably improper cooking (try to go too fast and your mixture will be too sticky) or improper removal techniques. However, with practice millions of people learn to do this effectively. It is certainly wise to watch a few videos and pick the method you like best. Then try it out - or go to a spa and relax while a trained person does everything for you.

In addition to removing hair, sugaring is supposed to improve skin appearance, texture, and health. Users say that hair grows back finer, softer, and eventually not at all. They say their skin looks and feel great, since the process removes dead skin cells as well as hair. Apparently the sugary mix doesn't adhere to live cells. People with eczema or psoriasis report improvement in their skin with regular treatments.

Sugar hair removal has many fans. Check to see if a spa near you offers this alternative to waxing or shaving. Any part of your body can be 'sugared'. Or try it at home; you may never have to wax or shave again.

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