Although we are in the dead middle of a cold winter (yes, even in Los Angeles, we have been reaching a low of 30 degrees in the morning!), that also means that many of us are heading off for our winter vacations. Bathing suits and bare skin are everywhere — and smooth skin is a necessity.
If you’re one who loves smooth skin, you’ve been familiar with the process of shaving, laser removal, sugaring and waxing ever since you hit puberty. However, you also know that shaving has become passe (unless it’s on your face) — and, as of late, sugaring and waxing have been the go-to methods of choice. I’m here to talk about the pros and cons of sugaring vs waxing — and to tell you which is my tried and true preferred method.
SUGARING VS WAXING
Sugaring and waxing are often grouped together since, with both techniques, the hair on the skin is pulled from the root. But the similarity ends there.
With sugaring, hair is pulled in the natural direction of your hair grown and the product is at room temperature. With waxing, however, a cloth strip is used to pull hair in the opposite direction of your hair growth — and, as we all know, the wax is HOT!
A difference is also in the ingredients used. Waxing uses several chemical ingredients, like resins and parabens. Sugaring uses all natural and clean ingredients: just sugar, lemon juice, glycerin and water.
WHICH IS MORE PAINFUL?
Although both are somewhat painful, waxing is my less preferred choice. The wax not only rips off the intended hair, but it pulls off some of the live skin cells as well. (It is very important to not use Retin A if you plan on waxing.) Additionally, the hot temperature has left me with redness and burns.
“Retinol skin care products exfoliate your skin. This means that the outer protective dead skin cell layer of your skin is much thinner, which is what it means to ‘exfoliate.’ That layer protects the living skin cell layers below from a variety of environment insults such as sun, wind, harsh products and wax,” says Cynthia Bailey, M.D., a board certified dermatologist.
Normally, when you wax, both your hairs and a dead skin cell layer are bound to the wax and removed. If the dead skin cell layer is absent or reduced, then some of the living cell layer below binds to the wax and is removed.” – SHE KNOWS
WHICH COSTS MORE?
WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOUR SKIN?
WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOU?
I choose the sugaring hair removal process, for sure. Sugaring uses only natural ingredients. It is hypoallergenic and causes no skin irritation (and no burns from the hot temperature used in waxing). Additionally, sugar doesn’t adhere to live skin cells – so your skin isn’t ripped off in the process.
Finally, there is no cross contamination risk from sugaring as every client gets a fresh batch. Some people choose waxing since they’re familiar with the process (and it’s cheaper and more estheticians know how to do it), but for me, sugaring all the way.