Why is Sugaring Better than Waxing?

When you watch a lot of moving and reality TV, you will notice that women on the screen are more likely to say that they had their legs waxed when talking about hair removal. Waxing is known all over the world as one of the most effective ways of having unwanted hair removed from the body, not to mention the long-lasting results it has to offer. But what about sugaring?

If you’re new to the hair removal world, you’re probably unfamiliar with the hair removal method that is sugaring. In most aspects of comparison, sugaring is nearly identical to waxing. So why do you need to know the difference? Is one method really better than the other? Well, in order to answer that, let’s take a look at how they differ.

WHAT IS SUGARING?

Sugaring, or Persian waxing as it is sometimes known, is a method of hair removal that has been around since ancient times. It was even said that the brave and fierce Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra herself, used sugaring to remove hair from her body. Sugaring is an epilating method of hair removal that is similar to the process of waxing, with the only main difference being that instead of using wax, you will use a sugar base. The paste you will use only consists of three ingredients: lemon, water, and sugar.

The process involves applying the sugar paste onto the area of your skin with unwanted hair, to which the paste will adhere to. You will then pull it off with a quick and swift motion, just like waxing, to pull the hairs out from the root. The popularity of this method comes from the simplicity of the paste that only requires three ingredients, all of which are easy to find if they’re not already in your kitchen.

HOW ARE SUGARING AND WAXING THE SAME?

The first reason as to why people often confuse the two as the same is due to its texture. Both sugaring paste and wax are sticky, and often needs to be heated in order to be used. When compared to other methods of hair removal like shaving, laser, or epilating – sugaring and waxing are often classified as the same thing due to the sticky paste used.

Both methods are epilating methods of hair removal, which means that they remove unwanted hair from the root. Due to this, you can expect both methods to have the same effects in terms of how long the results last, which can be anything between 3-6 weeks, depending on your hair growth rate.

Both methods are also the same when it comes to which hair can be removed and how long it needs to be. Sugaring and waxing can be used on hair that is as short as 1/4 of an inch. You can also use either of these methods on basically any part of your body that grows hair: face, underarms, arms, legs, private area, chest, and back. If hair grows there, it can be sugared or waxed – no problem. It doesn’t even matter if your hair is thin, fine, or coarse. The sugaring paste and wax can stick to all hair types.

HOW DOES SUGARING DIFFER FROM WAXING?

While the two are often confused as the same thing, and though they are very similar in many aspects, sugaring and waxing are in fact different. Generally, they differ in the method of application, the type of skin they are best suited for, the level of pain you will experience, the side effects, and the price of a single session at a professional salon.

For starters, the way that you apply the sugaring paste onto your skin is the exact opposite of what you would do when using wax. Wax is applied in the same direction as hair growth and removed by pulling it in the opposite direction of hair growth. However, sugaring paste is applied against the direction of hair growth and removed by pulling it in the same direction as hair growth. If you are switch from one method to the other, keep this in mind as it is a very important factor.

Secondly, while waxing is suitable for all skin types, sugaring is best for those with very sensitive skin. This is due to the fact that sugaring often results in fewer side effects as opposed to waxing. With waxing, you can expect to see some irritation, bumps, and it’s very possible to see some ingrown hairs when they finally grow back. Sugaring, however, offers minimal bumps and irritation. You can expect to see some reddening after both methods, but that should disappear after a day. The redness is a result of the hair being pulled out.

Speaking of the hair being pulled out, this is actually one reason why people prefer sugaring over waxing. With waxing, the wax not only adheres to the hair, but to your skin as well. This means that when you pull off the wax, it will pull on your skin as well. On the bright side, this actually acts as an exfoliation as the wax will remove any dead skin cells on the surface. However, this also means that it will be more painful. Sugaring, on the other hand, only sticks to the hair, so removing it will be less painful as it does not pull on your skin too. The fact that the sugaring paste is removed in the same direction as the hair growth also reduces the level of pain you will experience, due to the lack of resistance.

Lastly, the two methods of hair removal differ in price. Sugaring is generally more expensive than waxing, but only if you have it done at a professional salon. If you make your own sugaring paste at home, you’ll only need lemons, sugar, and water. These three ingredients are cheaper than any DIY waxing kit you can find in stores.

WHY IS SUGARING BETTER THAN WAXING?

So, to answer the question that you’ve been asking, sugaring is better because it is less painful, there are fewer side effects, and the home-made paste is cheaper. If you use the no-strip method, then you don’t even have any waste to throw away, meaning that sugaring is also environmentally friendly. Sugaring is especially better if you have sensitive skin, as it will feel less harsh when you remove the paste.

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