Hey Sugar, Sugar

This natural hair removal method offers a sweet alternative to waxing.

Most people would agree that there’s nothing worse at the breakfast table than getting syrup all over yourself—that sticky feeling that doesn’t seem to come off even after scrubbing. So why would anyone willingly spread sweet syrup all over their body? To pay the price of beauty, naturally.

The natural hair removal method, known as sugaring, dates back to almost 2,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt and uses sugar or honey in a similar fashion to waxing. But unlike waxing, you don’t have to heat up the product, which can be used at room temperature, minimizing risk of burns. Advocates of the process also swear that it’s less painful and less irritating.

“A lot of people that have more sensitive skin prefer sugar because you remove the hair in the direction it grows and it causes less irritation,” says Yvonda Seda, co-owner of Indulgence Beauty Boutique. “It only attaches to the hair, not to the skin.”

Patty Batchelor, Owner of Blush Skin Studio, agrees, noting that it’s also organic, environmentally friendly and water-soluble. “It’s kinder to the skin and more effective for slowing growth of the hair follicles,” she says. “It’s bacteria resistant and reduces ingrown hairs. I’ve been an esthetician for 14 years and I’ve never seen a better method of hair removal.”

The simple ingredients include sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and honey and though you can mix your own recipe, professional organic products are available such as Sugaring NYC Sugaring Paste ($38; amazon.com). But the application can be tricky so it’s best to see an expert.

Where to Try It

Nurturing Your Nature

8216 Creedmoor Rd

Indulgence Beauty Boutique

1049 Bullard Ct.

919-864-2152

Blush Skin Studio

6512 Six Forks Rd

(919) 741-3414

Alexandra Drosu
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