How To Prep Your Skin For Sugar Waxing

Regular shavers and waxers know the pains of ingrown hairs, cuts, and razor burn. Break free of those undesirable outcomes with an alternative hair removal method that won't leave your bathroom stinking of putrid chemicals (we're looking at you, Nair).

For all the sensitive skin types out there, sugar waxing has you covered. Literally. Rachael Gallo of Exhale Spa explained, "Sugar wax is an all-natural waxing solution that has been used for many years ... The benefits of sugar wax are the exfoliating and hydrating results, which are not typically found after waxing or shaving," (via Byrdie). Translation? More exfoliation equals less ingrown hairs to distract from your flawless bikini line and legs-for-days. And while sugar waxing may seem like the hair removal option "du jour," it's been around for quite some time — like ancient Egypt times. Hey, if it's good enough fro Cleopatra, it's more than good enough for us!

Plus, because sugar waxing pulls hair from the root instead of just surface level, the end results last up to a month, so you can focus on more important things, like showing off your new, shiny, smooth skin!

Before sugar waxing, you should grow out your hair and exfoliate the skin

Converted yet? Before you call up your local sugar wax spa, be sure to follow a few prepping steps to ensure you have the most comfortable wax experience possible. Healthline recommended growing out or trimming hair in the waxing area to between a quarter and three-quarter inches (the size of a grain of rice). Noemi Grupenmager, founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Center explained, "This is the ideal length for hair that's getting waxed because it allows the wax to get a better hold on the hair and pull it directly from the root, preventing the hair from breaking," (via Byrdie).

You'll also want to gently exfoliate the waxing area. A few days prior to your appointment, rub an exfoliating mitt, dry brush, or textured washcloth over the waxing area to wipe away dead skin cells and prevent future ingrown hairs. Healthline warned against exfoliating within two to three days of your appointment to avoid the sugar wax causing over exfoliation.

Avoid tanning, retinoids, and caffeine prior to your appointment

Now that you know what to do, it's time to remind you what not to do. Even though sugaring is widely regarded as less painful than regular waxing, that doesn't mean it's completely without discomfort. Minimize pain by following this advice.

Healthline urged anyone getting sugar waxed to avoid tanning and retinoid creams for at least 24 to 48 hours prior to their appointment. According to Bali Body, tanning before a wax ups the chances of your skin getting irritated. The same goes for afterwards. Steer clear of the sun for a few days following your appointment to allow skin time to heal. 

Other big "DON'TS" are caffeine and alcohol. Try your best to avoid both drugs before your appointment as they cause pores to tighten. You'll want your pores to be as relaxed as possible so that the hair comes off easily. Instead, opt for a water to stay hydrated (via The Waxing Co). If you know you're sensitive to pain, take an over the counter pain reliever about 30 minutes before your procedure. This will give your body enough time to digest, which should take the edge off (or at least dull the worst of it).

Finally, remember to wear loose fitting clothes for maximum comfort. Happy waxing!