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Sugaring (Sugar Waxing). What It Is and How It Works.

Many new Sugaring clients have made a comment that makes me think I need to write a blog to tell you all exactly what Sugaring is and what it is not. Quite a few clients have come in for their appointments, and been surprised when I show them the jar of sugar paste. Because they have never heard of Sugaring they think I am going to put sugar on them (granulated sugar) and somehow remove their hair. I wish it were like that. That truly would be sweet and pain free hair removal. However, that isn’t exactly how Sugaring works.

The ingredients of sugar paste truly are ONLY sugar, lemon juice and water, but they are combined and heated so they create a sticky paste that is a phenomenal way to remove unwanted hair.  I purchase my Sugar from a wonderful company called My Gold Sugar that makes an awesome professional sugar paste. The owner Grace Powers has been Sugaring for many, many years and is dedicated to educating and supporting Certified Sugarists.

Sugar Paste ingredients

Sugar Paste ingredients

Because sugar paste is made from sugar, lemon juice and water it is natural and has NO chemicals or additives in it. This is awesome, because most hair removal waxes (both hard wax and soft wax) have chemicals added in to make them smell a certain way, or be better for sensitive skin, etc. Additionally, both soft and hard wax have ingredients added to them that can be allergenic for some people. Since sugar paste is used at room temperature, there is no possibility of being burned when you are Sugared. Wax is heated and then applied, and anyone who has been burned by hot wax (raising my hand here) can attest to how uncomfortable that is. Also, the sugar paste only adheres to hair and dead skin cells so there is no way for you to have any live skin removed. Anyone ever had their skin taken off with the wax? (Raising my hand for that too). In fact I have permanent light areas above both my eyebrows from damage to my skin caused by pulling my skin off during eyebrow waxing.  Sugaring does not pull your skin; therefore it is safe for use ANYWHERE, which is why it is such a wonderful medium for Brazilians. Sugar can safely get ALL the hairs, even inside the labia.

To prep the skin for sugaring I spray some witch hazel on a gauze pad to clean the skin, and then apply powder to ensure the skin is dry. (Sugar paste doesn’t adhere well to damp skin). Once that is done I put on clean gloves and grab a ball of sugar paste to apply and remove the unwanted hair. One of the great things about sugaring is I use the same ball of sugar on only one client so it is hygienic and not wasteful. No sticks or strips to fill up a landfill. Once I have completed the Sugaring service I simply remove my gloves with the sugar ball inside and throw it away.

Sugar Ball ready to use

Sugar Ball ready to use

Besides being completely chemical free, and applied at room temperature, sugar paste is also different from wax in the way it is applied and how it removes the hair. Wax (both soft and hard) is applied in the direction of hair growth and pulled against the direction of growth. As you can imagine this can cause many hairs to break and the Esthetician unable to remove the entire hair from the skin. With Sugaring, the sugar paste is applied against the hair growth and hair is removed in the direction it grows. The benefit of this is that it hurts less (however it is NOT painless) and because you remove the hairs in the direction they grow, you are more likely to remove the entire hair, making it take longer to grow back!! With Sugaring clients can expect the hair to stay gone for 3-4 weeks, and as they get Sugared regularly that can even go to 4-5 weeks of hair being gone. Whaaat???

When you schedule your sugaring appointments monthly you will have the best results from Sugaring. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly, hair grows in stages, and it is possible for some hairs to come back within a few weeks if they were in the final stage of growth (Telogen) when they were removed. During this stage of hair growth there is already a new hair at the root pushing that hair out and a new hair was already on its way to the surface.  When you get Sugared monthly. After a few sessions, all of the hair will be growing in the same cycles, and this won’t happen. Secondly, because Sugaring removes the hair at the root, it is possible some hair follicles will become damaged and those hairs may not grow back at all, or if they do they can be finer and softer. Yes please!!

Underarm Sugaring (Sugar Waxing)

Underarm Sugaring (Sugar Waxing)

Hopefully, this has answered some questions you may have about Sugaring and how it is done as well as the results you can expect. Please feel free to reach out and text me, call me or private message me on Facebook if you have any other questions.

If you are now ready to book your Sugaring appointment, simply click the Sugaring Services tab on the website and book your Sugaring (Sugar waxing) appointment now!

 

The Right Amount of Skincare Product

Some people are taught how to take care of their skin properly. Some are not. And even people who were taught about proper skin care can learn new things. I spent 12 years working as a Medical assistant and Skin Care Specialist in a Dermatology practice, yet when I went to Esthetician school I learned so much! Even when we think we know a lot there are always things we can learn

I recently wrote about the Balance of oil and water in the skin and how it can affect acne, dryness, aging and more. Balance is so important and many things can throw it off. Weather, hormones, age, and the amount of product you are using.

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Over the years I have had many people explain to me the proper amount of product I should be using on my skin, only to find that for me it was either way too much or not quite enough. I remember my instructor in Esthetician school advising us to use ½ the amount of product we thought we would need. Even though we were told that I still saw so much waste of product as  many students didn’t listen and ended up throwing away the excess product.

I am not a fan of wasting anything, especially not something that can be expensive (which some products are). Also, too much product can be harmful to your skin.

So, with all that being said, today I am going to tell you my thoughts on how much of each product is the appropriate amount to use, as well as giving you an easy to follow guide. It is a picture that I love because it shows exactly how much is the right amount! (and honestly I also probably love it because I think it is very easy for anyone to visualize proper amounts of products using their own hand).


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So what I would advise you all to do is actually do this to your own hand so you can see how much the amount in the picture equates to your products. For example is the correct amount of product one pump or two (if you have a pump on your product). Or is it ½ a pump (the daytime serum I use). If my product pours, is it fast or slow?

 And if your product comes in a jar, please don’t use your fingers to get it out. Use Q-tips, or another thing you can throw away after use. I buy popsicle sticks (aka craft sticks) from the store and break them in ½ to scoop product out of a jar. I do this because fingers have bacteria on them, and you don’t want to introduce any bacteria to your products!

 This picture has saved me lots of money, especially with masks. I often grab too much mask and end up throwing away what I don’t use. I hate that! So, being mindful of how much product to use will:

 1)    Save you money, since you won’t be wasteful.

2)    Save you time, since you will have less product to remove or rub in.

3)    Save your skin, since you won’t be overdoing it.

 And if you aren’t sure which products are the best for your skin, please feel free to make an appointment for a Consultation and Analysis so we can evaluate your skin and help you find the right products for you, as well as get your homecare regimen on track.

Balanced Skin Is Important!

We frequently talk about balance in our lives. We balance our diets, balance the checkbook and try to balance our time. With all this talk about balance there is one more thing we need to balance and it is CRUCIAL. We need to balance our skin!

If our skin is not balanced, it can trick us into thinking it is one thing when it is not. Although we can discuss balancing the pH of our skin, but that is not the type of balance I want to talk about today. Today I want to talk about Basic balance, which I believe to be our water-oil balance.

Healthy skin has a perfect oil and water balance, which allows skin cells to do their job naturally and effectively.

If someone asks, you which skin type you have, what would your answer be? For most people it would probably be “I’m not really sure, it might be oily or dry”. Water-Oil balance is the basis of skin type, and once your Esthetician has determined what your true skin type is, he or she can create a skin care regimen that will work FOR you and not AGAINST you.

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All skin requires moisture from both water and oil in order to function properly and do everything from looking and feeling great to keeping us looking younger longer. Depleted or imbalanced hydration – lacking either oil or water – is the first thing that causes our skin to become dull looking as well as increasing aging and fine lines.

So when our skin doesn’t get enough moisture either due to environmental factors, intrinsic factors or simply the wrong skin care regimen our skin becomes weak and sensitive. If we don’t have proper moisture in our skin, the skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and dehydration. When our skin is out of balance it cannot defend itself from these factors and therefore can’t heal and protect itself from damage. This can lead to common skin concerns such as rough texture, redness, dry patches, flaky skin, and even acne. When these things happen, we panic and may resort to stripping cleansers, over-exfoliation, neglect, the wrong products, or a myriad of other things we think are helping, but in fact are causing more problems. With all that said, here is what you need need to know about water vs. oil in your skin.

There is an important relationship between water and skin. When your skin doesn’t have enough water it is dehydrated. Since our bodies are composed 70% of water it only makes sense that we need it for our skin also. After all, skin is the largest organ of our body. Our skin cannot produce moisture on its own and relies on moisture from the water we drink and moisturizers we apply. Environmental factors can also increase the dehydration of our skin. Things like heaters in the winter, smoking, travel, and dry air can also dehydrate our skin.

When our skin is dehydrated it does the best it can to compensate……it creates oil. So our skin is now dry AND oily. So we feel oily and do what we think is right which usually strips the oil and makes our skin even more dehydrated.

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Now some people do just naturally have dry skin. Dry skin makes the least amount of its own oil. Normal skin produces a normal amount of oil and oily skin produces the most amount of oil. Age, smoking and weather conditions can cause our skin to produce less oil, and using harsh cleansers can also remove our skins natural oil. So when our skin lacks oil, that is when it gets sensitive, red, blotchy and have acne. So your skin creates more oil to combat the dryness and the dry/oily/dehydrated cycle just keep repeating!

So how can you stay balanced?

With a Skin care regimen that is correct for your individual skin!!!

Finding products with the correct ingredients for your skin type, you may need to make changes during different seasons, and use the right amount of products. Too little can keep you dry and too many can be an overload.

Here at Sugar and Skin we offer a Consultation and Analysis so our Licensed Estheticians can examine your skin closely and create a regimen that will be right for your skin. At a price of $35.00 if you come to us and $55.00 if we come to you, this is one expenditure you will thank yourself for making! During the C&A we cleanse your skin, do a detailed and thorough analysis using a magnifying lamp and Woods lamp, cleanse again, apply a corrective mask to get your skin on its way to recovery and moisturize with a product suited for your correct skin type. Make your appointment today!!