Easy Sugaring Recipe: DIY Body Hair Removal at Home

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This sugaring paste recipe is as simple as mixing together a bit of sugar, water and lemon juice – that’s all you need to get rid of unwanted hair gently. Here’s an all-natural DIY sugaring recipe for body hair removal at home.

Sugaring DIY: Natural Body Hair Removal at Home

If you’d like to remove unwanted hair from your arms, legs, or face, there are several ways to go about it. Many people resort to questionable chemical creams, wet razors that produce unnecessary waste, or expensive peeling devices and wax strips. But have you heard of Sugaring? It is much gentler for you and better for the environment.

Sugaring is a proven method of hair removal that originates from Persia, where it is offered in Hamams – the traditional steam baths. The sugar paste – called Halawa – is a mixture of natural ingredients including sugar, water, and lemon juice. It is similar to waxing: You start by mixing the sugaring paste (see the recipe below), then apply the paste to your skin and remove unwanted hair by pulling the sugaring away.

Sugaring Paste: The Recipe

Sugaring Hair removal: ingredients
For this sugaring paste recipe, you’ll need one part water, one part lemon juice and two parts sugar. (Photo: Utopia)

This DIY sugaring paste recipe is very easy to make yourself. You probably have everything you need for this hair removal technique at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 2 parts sugar

Equipment:

  • Cooking pan
  • Stirring utensil

How to prepare the sugaring paste recipe:

  1. First, pour all the ingredients into a sauce pan and bring them to boil, stirring constantly.
  2. As soon as the mixture begins to bubble, remove the pot from the heat and continue stirring until the bubbles disappear. Then put the pot back over the heat and let the contents boil again.
  3. Repeat this process until you get a viscous, honey-coloured mass.
  4. If the paste has become hard and brittle, it can be revived by adding a little lemon juice to the sugaring recipe.
  5. If you suspect it is still too thin, just take a spoon full of the sugaring paste and put it in a glass of cold water. If it dissolves in it, you have to let it simmer even more.
  6. Once the mixture has reached the right consistency, remove the pan from the stove and allow the sugar paste to cool down to body temperature before use.

Sugaring Recipe: How to Apply It

Sugaring Hair Removal: recipe
Once your DIY sugaring paste has become viscous and honey-colored, you just need to let it cool down to body temperature. (Photo: Utopia)

The sugaring paste prepared in this recipe works best when removing hair  between two and four millimeters in length. Once it has cooled down to body temperature, you can start:

  1. Your skin must be clean and free of excess oils or body lotions. Baby powder can help keep the skin clean and free of oil.
  2. Take a small portion of sugaring paste, about the size of a walnut, and knead it in your hand until it is soft and supple.
  3. Apply the paste to the skin against the direction of hair growth.
  4. Pull off the paste with several quick jerks in the direction of hair growth.
  5. You can reuse the piece of sugar paste until it becomes too weak to be effective. Then take a new portion of paste from your pan. It takes a little practice at first, but you will catch on pretty quickly.

Tip: If you have prepared too much of the sugaring paste recipe, you don’t need to throw the rest away. Pack it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It will keep there for several weeks.

Advantages of Sugaring Hair Removal

  • Thorough body hair removal: Thanks to the tiny sugar molecules that penetrate better into the hair’s surface, the hair does not break so easily and can be more thoroughly removed.
  • Less painful: Sugaring removes the hair in the direction of growth, which is less painful than waxing. In addition, the sugaring paste loosens from the skin more easily than wax, leading to less skin irritation.
  • Slows hair growth: Unlike shaving, sugaring body hair removal removes the hair from the root, slowing down hair growth. In addition, the hair should grow back thinner and lighter after the treatment.
  • 100% natural ingredients: This sugaring recipe contains sugar, lemon juice, and water  – and no allergenic ingredients. Sugar is even antibacterial!
  • Minimizes packaging waste: Wax strips and razors are often elaborately packaged. If you make your own sugaring paste with the recipe, you only need an old jar to store your unused paste in the refrigerator until it’s time for your next application.

If you end up not wanting to make the sugaring paste yourself, it can often be found ready-made in drugstores.

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This article was translated from German. You can view the original here: Sugaring selber machen: So funktioniert die Haarentfernung mit Zuckerpaste.

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