An organic hair removal alternative
that uses a combination of sugar, lemon, and water
for a superior experience (and superior results!)
Does sugaring hurt as much as waxing?
Sugaring removes hair from the root so you will feel it. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different but most people find that sugaring hurts less than waxing (especially on the face). This is because sugaring does NOT adhere to live skin and it is removed in the direction of hair growth. The great thing about sugaring is that the more you do it, the less it hurts because the hair grows back thinner and less dense. Less hair = less pain.
How long does my hair need to be?
One of the key advantages to sugaring is that it can remove the shorter hairs that waxing cannot. Hair as short as 1/16 of an inch can be successfully extracted. For best results hair should be between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch (5-7 days after shaving). If longer than ½ inch, trimming before your appointment can make your sugaring session more comfortable.
How long should I wait between treatments?
We recommended that the hair be between 1/16 to 1/8 inch for the best results. Each person will have a different rate of growth but typically the first few treatments are spaced 3-4 weeks apart to get the hairs on the same schedule. Subsequent treatments are then spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Does sugaring cause ingrown hairs?
Anytime hair is removed ingrown hairs can occur. That being said, most people find that sugaring leads to less ingrown hairs than waxing or shaving. This is one of the main reasons why people prefer sugaring over other hair removal methods.
What should I do about ingrown hairs?
Regular exfoliating and keeping the skin moisturized are the two most important factors in reducing and preventing ingrown hairs. The hair is missing out of the follicle for approximately 3 weeks after sugaring. This means that dead skin cells can grow over the mouth of the follicle blocking the new hair from growing up and out. Exfoliating will remove the dead skin cells and keep the follicle clear. Use of exfoliating gloves in the shower can help but be sure to clean gloves regularly. Sugar scrubs are also effective and can draw moisture to the skin. Remember to always moisturize after cleansing the skin.
If you find your ingrowns are painful and pustoulous, add an antibacterial ingredient to disinfect and help draw out the bacteria. You can do a salt compresses or baking soda paste as well. There are also a number of professional products, such as Finipil, that can help with the prevention of ingrown hairs.
Will my skin be red after a service?
Slight irritation is completely normal and should dissipate within 24 hours. If you experience hives you can try taking an antihistamine. You can also apply a cold compress to the irritated area or use a soothing cream to alleviate the redness. Soaking in a warm (not hot) sea salt bath for 15 minutes a few hours after your appointment will also help to speed up the heeling time. Make sure to rinse off all the salt water after soaking.
Can I tan right before or after I receive a sugaring treatment?
Please allow 24-48 hours prior to and after sugaring before you tan (sun or spray).
Can I work out after I receive a sugaring treatment?
It is best to wait 24 hours after sugaring to work out as your follicles are open and sweat and dirt can add to skin irritation.
Can I receive a sugaring treatment if I'm using Accutane (Isotretinoin)?
No. Accutane can cause drying and thinning of the skin. Wait at least 6 months after discontinuation before sugaring.
Can I receive a sugaring treatment if I’m using Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac or Differin?
Applied topically these products can increase skin shedding and thin the skin. It is not recommended that you sugar the areas where these medications are applied. Wait at least 3 months after the discontinuation of these products before sugaring.
What is a Brazilian?
A Brazilian removes all hair from the pubic area including the labia and anal region. All services can be customized to create the look you desire so if you want to leave a little hair that is fine too!
What should I do before my appointment?
No sun tanning prior to a treatment. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine. Keeping your skin exfoliated and hydrated is very important however; do not exfoliate the day before or the day of a treatment.
What should I do after my appointment?
You may feel a little sensitive. Avoid heat (sun, hot showers, exercise), friction and synthetic materials. Avoid any creams, lotions, or deodorants with artificial fragrances. Do not use any products with hydroxy acids for at least 24-48 hrs. This could cause more sensitivity.
How sanitary is sugaring?
Bacteria cannot breed in high concentrations of sugar so sugaring is VERY sanitary. There is NO risk of cross contamination because we use only pure sugar paste with clean, gloved hands.
Will I leave sticky?
Sugar is water-soluble and can be easily rinsed off with a little warm water. No sticky residue is left on the skin or clothing after a treatment.
Can sugaring lead to permanency?
Hair growth is more refined after each sugaring session. After a number of treatments the hair follicle begins to deplete, which can lead to permanency over time but this will vary between individuals. It may take 18 months to 3 years to achieve permanency.
Cleanse the area to be sugared thoroughly before your appointment.
Do not exfoliate the day before your appointment.
Avoid putting any perfumes, creams, lotions or deodorants on the skin to be sugared 24 hours before treatment.
Do not sunbathe or use a tanning bed for 48 hours before a treatment.
Trim hair that is longer than ½ inch.
Wear cotton clothing to the appointment or bring along cotton clothing to change into after the service.
Avoid direct heat such as hot showers, tanning or exercise for after a treatment.
Avoid wearing synthetic material and tight fitting clothing immediately after the treatment.
Avoid any creams, lotions or deodorants with artificial fragrances. Do not use products with hydroxy acids for at least 24-48 hours.
For small areas a salt-water compress can be done to help speed up the healing process. Dissolve ½ teaspoon salt in ¼ cup of warm water. Saturate a cotton pad and apply to sugared area.
For larger areas such as legs, brazilian, or back, soaking in a Dead Sea salt bath is recommended. Dissolve ½ cup dead sea salts in a warm (not hot) tub. Soak for no longer than 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Exfoliate 2-3 times a week in the shower or bath. This will minimize the change for ingrown hairs. This is especially important in the bikini and underarm area. Exfoliating gloves that can be laundered regularly is a good option. A sugar scrub using white table sugar is another simple, gentle and effective way to exfoliate. Avoid harsh loofahs and apricot scrubs. Exfoliating on a regular basis will make future sugaring treatment time faster and extraction easier!
Keep skin well moisturized! This will help to prevent ingrown hairs.
NOTE: For Bikini/Brazilian Sugaring, Please use the Antiseptic Towelettes you were given. One that evening, and one the next morning. Medical experts recommended abstaining from sexual activity for the first 48 hours after any type of bikini wax. This time period is when your body is most susceptible to outside bacteria.
Please read the following contraindications before receiving a service.
- Sunburned, irritated or areas with open skin cannot be sugared.
- Moles cannot be sugared. We can, however, sugar around the mole.
- You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing or sugaring after a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion.
- Sugaring cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.
- Sugaring cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
- Sugaring cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years.
- No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a sugaring treatment. Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators. Wait 2-3 days sugar before/after tanning with accelerators. Of course, we always recommend the use of sunscreen for sun exposure.
- No hot baths or showers for 24 hours following a body sugaring treatment.
- No abrasives or exfoliating for 24 hours following a sugaring treatment.
- No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm sugaring treatment.
- Women may experience extra sensitivity to sugaring up to a week prior to the beginning of their period.
- We recommend you wait 24 hours after a Brazilian sugaring before engaging in sexual activity that would introduce friction or bacteria to the area.
The following is a list of medications that may cause concern and a dermatologist should be consulted before treatment. Please have a doctor clear you for sugaring if you are taking medications that thin the skin (such as Retin-A), blood thinners, or medications that cause you to be sun-sensitive.
- Accutane (Acne medication) – You must be off of this medication for a minimum of one (1) year prior to service.
- Adapalene( Acne medication)
- Alustra (Retin-A)
- Avage (See Tazorac – Acne medication)
- Avita (See Retin A)
- Differin (Acne medication)
- Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
- Renova (See Retin A)
- Retin A( Acne and Anti-aging medication)
- Tazarac (Acne medication)
- Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
- Tretinoin (See Retin A)
** This is not a complete list. Please consult your doctor about any medication you are on and follow their advice.
We cannot perform sugaring services if you have blood or skin disorders that would be exacerbated by hair removal, if you are at an elevated risk for infection, or if your immune system is compromised. If you have any questions about whether sugaring services are safe for you, please consult your doctor. It is your responsibility to follow medical directives and disclose potential contraindications prior to receiving your service. All clients receive services at their own risk.
Offered by Elevate Health esthetician Rebecca Clarke
Rebecca is a master sugarist (or a “sugaring ninja” as some of her clients refer to her).
She has dedicated the last five years of her life to refining this rare skill and is excited to offer this superior hair removal service to Elevate Health clients.
Click here to learn more about Rebecca’s story, including how overcoming her own personal story that led her to become an esthetician.
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