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what is Body Sugaring?
Based on a technique developed thousands of years ago in the middle east, Body Sugaring is a gentle and effective form of hair removal, using a natural ingredient – sugar. Sugar has an antiseptic function preventing bacteria from thriving. That is one reason why sugar dressings have been used to treat patients with wounds such as severe burns that are susceptible to infections. The results – reduced healing time and dramatically diminished scarring. The healing properties of sugar continue to benefit the skin in the Body Sugaring unique hair removal process. You’ll witness the difference after your first treatment by its gentle action on your skin. Most people find that sugaring does not hurt. However, the first time you sugar it may feel as though you are pulling off a Band-Aid (particularly if you have always shaved). Don’t give up. Sugaring weakens the hair root making it easier to remove the hair with each treatment. By your third sugaring treatment, you too will find it virtually pain free! Sugaring Hair Removal Paste is gentle enough to repeat on same area if a few strands of hair remain. Skin may be slightly pink after removing the hair but should return to normal within 24 hours. Skin must be clean of all creams and/or oils before beginning your hair removal treatment. The time between treatments will be anywhere from three to five weeks, if you are new to Body Sugaring. That period will increase, even after a few months of sugaring.
Q & A
- How long should my hair be before doing a sugaring treatment?
Your hair needs to be at least 1/4 inch long (about the length of a grain of rice) or about 7-10 days of growth depending on how fast your hair grows. If it is longer, don’t worry. Your esthetician can trim your hair for maximum comfort during your treatment.
- Is sugaring painful?
Removing hair by the root is a bit uncomfortable; however, it is easier and more tolerable than waxing, as the sugar doesn’t “stick” to the skin. We recommend taking 2 over the counter pain relievers approximately an hour BEFORE your treatment to help make the process less uncomfortable.
- I’ve experienced itchy bumps on my eyebrows, lip and/or face after waxing. Will I experience the same reactions with sugaring?
If you have ever experienced itchy bumps after receiving an eyebrow, lip or facial wax – you are more than likely experiencing a histamine reaction. Histamine reactions also tend to occur when men wax their chest and stomach areas. This reaction can also happen with sugar; however, you can reduce the reaction by taking an over-the-counter antihistamine 30 minutes prior to your treatment and applying cold compresses to the area for a couple of hours after the treatment. These bumps are NOT ingrown hairs.
- I’m currently taking Accutane and cannot wax. Is sugaring something I can do in place of this?
NO! Accutane is an oral Vitamin A and is systemic. You cannot be sugared, waxed or have any professional exfoliation within 6 months of using Accutane.
- I use prescription topicals such as Retin-A, Differin or Tazorac. Can sugaring be performed in the areas these prescription topicals have been applied?
You should be free from use of prescription topicals for at least 3 months before getting sugared on the area where the topical is used.
- I have psoriasis or eczema. Is sugaring something I can do?
Yes! We can use sugar even the most sensitive of skin. We will, of course, do a small area to make sure you are comfortable with the treatment.