Between waxing and sugaring, both methods are common uses of hair removal. Whether you choose to remove hair from your bikini line, your legs, arms, arm pits or other areas…often individuals use waxing or sugaring as an alternative to shaving.
While both are successful at removing hair, the differences between the two hair removal techniques are not always emphasized.
So lets start with sugaring…
Made out of sugar and water, this method is 100% all natural. Therefore there is no chemicals or colouring to disrupt and create a skin reaction after being sugared. Through being 100% natural, skin irritation is at a minimum. This is also because the sugaring paste only attaches to the unwanted hair. The skin is not attached to the sugaring paste, so no skin is removed in the process.
During your hair removal process, the sugar is heated to room temperature to make the paste a tolerable but warm enough temperature to spread evenly over your skin. Cloth strips are often used to be placed overtop of the paste to then dry and be torn away from your skin to remove the unwanted hairs from their follicles. Once the hair removal process is over, the excess sugar can be removed through applying a warm, damp cloth on the selected area.
In order to achieve a successful hair removal, sugaring requires that you grow out the hair on the selected area to about 1/2 of an inch to achieve a no hair area for approximately 3 weeks.
Now lets talk about waxing…
Made out of resins, wax is an oil based product. Similar to sugaring, waxing removes their from its root so the follicle is entirely removed. Sometimes skin reaction may occur as waxing is known to remove the dead skin in addition to the hair. Therefore throughout the waxing process, both skin and hair are pulled and removed from the body.
Waxing has two different textures. There is hard wax and soft wax. While both differ, the hard wax is applied to the skin and hair and then removed by the applied wax itself. The soft wax differs as it is applied to the skin and then a cloth strip is applied over top. In order to remove the soft wax, the cloth strip must be pulled at to be removed from the body. Different from sugaring, waxing is a bit of a messier process. Unlike sugaring, the excess wax cannot be removed from the skin due to its oil properties. In order to remove the excess wax, you will need mineral oil or olive oil to dissolve and remove the wax from your body.
Also different from sugaring, waxing may cause minor skin reactions. As a result of the top layer of dead skin being removed with the hair, there is the possibility that healthy skin may get removed and damaged during the process causing an inflamed area.
In order to achieve a successful hair removal, waxing requires that you grow out the hair on the selected area to about 1/4 of an inch to achieve a no hair area. Similar to sugaring, waxing allows smooth skin for approximately 3 weeks.
Both hair removal techniques are effective at removing unwanted hair. Between both hair removal processes, both allow smooth skin for approximately 3 weeks. Although both techniques are effective at removing hair, they are not guaranteed to prevent ingrown hairs. This is what Bushbalm is for! Through applying Bushbalm daily (specifically after your hair removal) this can help prevent ingrown hairs and make the next hair removal process less painful and faster.