The steps and things you'll need at home for sugaring
1. Get the things you need. You'll need to:
- 1 cup of finely ground sugar
- A 1/4 cup of water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice (preferably fresh)
- A saucepan
- A wooden spoon
- Thermometer for candy (optional)
- A lidded glass jar
- Some cotton strips (you can cut up an old T-shirt or use waxing strips)
- A spatula or butter knife
- A little baby powder or cornflour
- Some moisturiser or aloe vera gel
2. Get the sugar paste going. Stir the sugar, water, and lemon juice together in a saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring everything to a boil, and then turn the heat down to medium-low. Let it cook on low heat until it turns golden brown and thick. Depending on your stove and pan, this could take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes. You can check the temperature of the mixture with a candy thermometer. When it is ready, it should be around 250°F (120°C). Make sure neither the mixture nor you get too hot.
3. Put the sugar paste in a glass jar and let it cool down until it is warm but not hot. You can keep the unused sugar paste in the jar with the lid for up to a month in a cool place.
4. Get your skin ready for sugaring. Wash and dry the place you want to get rid of hair. Spread talcum powder or cornflour on your skin to soak up any oil or moisture. This will help the sugar paste stay on your hair instead of your skin.
5. Use the sugar paste to put on your skin. Using a spatula or butter knife, scoop out some sugar paste and spread it on your skin in the opposite direction of how your hair grows. The thin, even layer of sugar paste should be used. Press a strip of cotton over the sugar paste and firmly smooth it down.
6. Quickly pull the cotton strip off in the direction that your hair grows. With one hand, pull your skin tight, and with the other, quickly pull off the strip in a straight line with your skin. Do not pull your skin up or away from you, as this could cause bruising or irritation. As the hair is pulled out from the roots, you might feel some pain, but it should go away quickly.
7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all of the hair you don't want is gone from the area you want. You can use the same piece of cotton more than once until it stops sticking. If the sugar paste gets too hard or cold, you can warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds.
8. After sugaring, clean and soothe your skin. Use warm water and a mild soap to get rid of any sugar paste that might still be on your skin. Use a soft towel to dry your skin, then put some moisturiser or aloe vera gel on it to keep it hydrated and calm. And Voila, your skin will be smooth and hair-free for up to four weeks.