- What is Body Sugaring Hair Removal?
- What Happens During Body Sugaring Treatment?
- What Do I Need to Do Before and After Waxing/Sugaring?
- Are There Any Side Effects?
- Are There Any Contraindications?
- Is It OK to Shave Between Waxing/Sugaring Appointments?
- How Long Will the Results Last?
- What Can I Do About Ingrown Hair?
Body Sugaring Hair Removal
Are you sick of shaving, don’t have the time to shave as often, or suffering from skin irritations caused by shaving? If the answer is yes, it might be time to try body sugaring. These hair removal method can be used for both men and women on various parts of the body. Face, chest, back, arms and the bikini area are all areas of the body where unwanted hair can be removed using sugaring hair removal.
What is Body Sugaring Hair Removal?
Unlike soft or hard waxing, sugaring is a gentle, natural hair removal method that’s less painful than waxing and results in less irritation and ingrown hairs. It is a specialty technique that needs to be applied correctly. At Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic, we use Alexandria natural sugar paste consisting of sugar, water and lemon juice to remove body and facial hair.
Alexandria professional sugar paste is 100% natural. There are no chemical additives and no wax resins – in fact, it’s even deliciously edible. Yes, you can eat it! With sugaring, large amounts of hair can be taken out at once and removed fast. In case hairs are missed, sugaring can be used over the same area without fear of much irritation. The sugar paste easily washes off with water and it doesn’t leave the skin sticky.
The major difference between sugaring hair removal and waxing on legs and sensitive areas is that wax products are made of resins which adhere to skin cells, while sugaring products never adhere to live skin cells. When it’s removed, it only gently exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving behind glowing skin. However, it takes more time to remove hair with sugaring than waxing.
What Happens During Body Sugaring Treatment?
Hair needs to be at least half a centimetre long for wax or sugar to grab onto. If the hair is really long, you will first need to trim it down with scissors or clippers before coming for your appointment. Waxing/sugaring hair that is too long will make it more painful and also has more of a tendency for breaking hair above or below the skin’s surface instead of the hair coming out of the root.
The treatment first requires the area to be cleansed with a proper cleanser. For sugaring hair removal, the area will be cleansed with a proper cleanser and also powdered to absorb any moist and help the paste not stick as much to the skin for more comfortable treatment. Sugar paste is then applied with the therapist’s fingers in the opposite direction of hair growth before being flicked off in the direction of hair growth. No strips are involved. The sugar paste wraps around the hair while seeping into the follicle to lubricate the hair, making the extraction more gentle and complete. Sugar paste is water-soluble, so it doesn’t stick to moisture and therefore won’t stick to live skin cells. This means it’s safe to go over the skin multiple times to complete the treatment.
Depending on the area and the density of hair, your waxing/sugaring appointment will take between 15 to 90 minutes. First appointments typically take a little longer, as more applications may require to achieve an optimum result. For a women’s Brazilian, you can expect 20 to 30 minutes. Thorough results and your satisfaction are our goals, not speed.
What Do I Need to Do Before and After Waxing/Sugaring?
Before the Treatment
If you’ve been shaving, wait at least 2 weeks until your waxing or sugaring hair removal appointment. This is because the hair needs to be a certain length before being waxed or sugared. Regular exfoliation, twice to three times a week, is recommended to remove any dead skin so the hairs can break through the skin and not become ingrown.
Avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning or sun beds for 3 weeks before and after your treatment. High SPF sunscreen should be applied in case of sun exposure. You should also avoid peeling or any kind of skin resurfacing for 3 weeks before your sugaring or waxing treatment.
After the Treatment
Avoid wearing tight clothing in the waxed or sugared areas, as this can cause further irritation and/or ingrown hair. Don’t use make-up or perfumed soaps for 24 hours following your treatment, and don’t do heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours. You should also avoid any heated sources such as saunas, steam rooms, public swimming pools, and hot baths and showers for 48 hours.
Treated areas should be cared for by gentle washing with soap and water without scrubbing or rubbing. Do not exfoliate or use exfoliating products such as AHAs, scrubs and loofahs for at least 24 hours after sugaring or waxing, as they may cause further irritation.
Avoid hot baths, showers or any sexual activity for 10 hours after Brazilian waxing to allow pores to close, as they are vulnerable while open. This can increase the chance of infection or irritation of the hair follicle. Use tea tree or lavender lotion after every shower, as they have a healing and anti bacterial effect.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Skin might be red and tender for a couple of days after waxing and sugaring hair removal. We advise taking Ibuprofen to decrease inflammation and skin sensitivity for the first few sessions. You may experience some breakouts and tiny bumps, especially after your first waxing and sugaring treatment. This is histamine reaction and it’s normal and doesn’t take too long. To speed up the healing process, applying aloe vera gel and tea tree oil is recommended.
Are There Any Contraindications?
- Taking Accutane or similar medication
- Taking blood thinning medication
- Pregnancy in the first 3 months
- Any injectable or fillers within 72 hours on the treating area
- Sunburn or direct sun exposure in last 2 weeks
- Facial peels or waxing within 7 to 14 days
- Active acne or break out
- Being a type I diabetic
- Lack of skin sensation
- Severe varicose veins
- Contagious skin diseases or disorders
- Fractures, sprains, and broken bones
- Thin and very sensitive skin
- Bruising, cuts and abrasions
Is It OK to Shave Between Waxing/Sugaring Appointments?
Waxing and sugaring both slow down and reduce hair growth over time. Hair also grows much thinner, making it easier to remove and less painful when waxed. Shaving just one time in between can negate all that is gained from sugaring and can further irritate follicles, leading to ingrown hairs. So the answer is no, we don’t advise shaving in between your appointments.
How Long Will the Results Last?
After the first waxing or sugaring hair removal session, results can last 2 to 4 weeks depending on the individual’s hair regrowth cycle. With regular treatment, the length of time required between treatments will increase significantly.
What Can I Do About Ingrown Hair?
Exfoliating in the shower daily with exfoliating gloves and products can help to keep the skin free from cellular buildup, which can trap hair.
Book a Consultation Today
To learn more about our sugaring hair removal methods, arrange a consultation with Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic today. Call our staff now on (03) 9686 0003 for more information.