Sugaring Your Way to Smooth Skin

Though it’s not the most glamorous of topics, body hair removal is something everyone battles. Let’s face it — it’s annoying and sometimes really difficult to get rid of unwanted hair, especially for us ladies.

Enter my first experience with sugaring.

sugaringSugaring is an alternative to waxing for both men and women, and is beginning to grow in popularity even though the practice has been around for quite a few years now. Ever since I’ve heard of it, it has intrigued me.

So I found a reputable salon and gave it a try.

According to Nicole, the salon professional who worked on me, sugaring is beneficial because it only sticks to body hair, unlike wax which also adheres to the skin. This means less skin irritation, inflammation and pain when pulling the hair out, and less chance for ingrown hairs. Additionally, she said the process and results improve the more you sugar.

Depending on which part of the body you want sugared, it can be a pricey procedure. I found a Groupon for mine, so I was lucky to receive a discounted price.

Let me tell you a little bit about my experience. I know some of you are curious!

Since it was my first time sugaring, Nicole showed me the substance and let me feel the sensation of the application on a test area before she began. Think of a ball of thick caramel, and that’s pretty much what is spread over the area you want taken care of.

One of the best things is the sugar isn’t hot like wax, so you don’t have moments of burning on your flesh. And there were no strips involved. Basically, the sugar is spread and quickly pulled back to remove the hair.

Now, just because I mentioned Nicole saying sugaring is less painful than waxing doesn’t mean it was a pleasant experience! It was certainly painful, even with two Tylenol pills in my system (recommended to slightly dull pain from the procedure).

sugaring2Some areas hurt more than others, and my body’s reaction was to sweat a little. I do believe the pain was more tolerable than waxing and my skin didn’t sting for minutes after like it does when wax is used. Though sharp, it was brief. And Nicole worked quickly, thank God.

I appreciated her being so patient, kind and making what could have been an awkward situation into an easy one. I’m pleased with the results and my skin is very smooth, so I think it was worth each wince.

Have you tried sugaring? What was your experience? If you haven’t done it and want a better way than wax to remove unwanted hair, maybe give it a try.

Before you do, however, be sure to check out the salon and review the certifications of its employees, as well as find any type of review possible through websites like Yelp or Facebook. Do some research first. Be safe and make sure nothing looks suspicious or unsanitary.

As of now, I’m not sure if I will schedule other appointments. But at least I know more of what to expect next time if I do!

—K

 

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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