Sugar or Wax – what is the real difference? Both are similar in that they remove hair by taking it out from the root.
But they are very different from one another when it comes to one important thing – the level of pain. Sugar and wax are both frequently done to remove hair from very sensitive areas of the body. Yet people who avoid pain at any cost are not uncomfortable getting sugared. Sugaring hair removal is a much gentler method for getting rid of unwanted hair.
Wax Vs Sugar: Why Sugar Is Superior
Sugaring ‘paste’ is made up of natural ingredients like sugar, lemon juice and water. And the primary ingredient in most waxes is resins. Waxes also contain artificial fragrances, dyes, chemicals, and preservatives. Even though you can be allergic to any ingredient, it’s more common for people to be allergic to artificial fragrances and ingredients like those found in waxes. Allergic reactions make skin red, irritated, and break out into a rash. Not exactly the look you were after when you went in for hair removal.
Sugar paste is water soluble, meaning you can wash it right off with warm water. This is very different from wax that needs to be rubbed off with a special wax remover, mineral oil or petroleum jelly, further irritating the skin.
Sugaring will only remove dead skin cells, unlike waxing which also removes live skin cells. No worry about the sugar accidentally removing skin.
Bacteria does not breed or survive in sugar paste. Bacteria can survive and multiply in wax products.
Where to Sugar?
Sugar everywhere. Certain areas of the body are just more sensitive than others. The most sensitive to pain are the upper lip, chest, bikini and genital areas. Sugaring is so much more comfortable when removing hair from these areas.
Waxing Vs Sugaring: How is it done?
Sugar is never hot. Wax is melted and applied at a very warm temperature. Sometimes wax is overheated, burning the skin. This can result in blistering and scabs. Sugar paste is used lukewarm so there’s no chance of burning the skin.
Going with the direction of hair growth, not against it. Wax is applied in the direction of hair growth, but tears the hair out in the opposite direction. But sugar paste is removed in the same direction hair grows, pulling the hair out with less discomfort to the skin.