How to use body sugaring paste

How to use body sugaring pasteAre you thinking of adding sugaring treatments to your spa or beauty business? Great initiative! Sugaring might be one of the most ancient methods of hair removal and is also a contemporary trend among clients who look for more natural and harmless alternatives to leave their bodies fuzz-free. No wonder why more and more hair removal products for sugaring are constantly being launched in the current beauty market.

Sugaring makes for a natural and safe hair removal alternative to traditional treatments like laser, soft waxes, or depilation creams. In case you didn’t know, people also call it Persian Waxing due to its origins in western Asia around 1900 BC. It’s a process not too different from standard waxing; they both consist of a paste that is applied to the skin to pull out unwanted hair. However, they are made from different ingredients, so preparing the skin for sugaring varies a little from waxing’s usual pre-treatment care.

Prepping the skin before a sugaring session is just as important as the treatment itself. If the proper precautions are not taken, the skin may suffer from infections, red bumps, ingrown hairs, dry skin, and many other unpleasant consequences. Before you start sugaring your clients, read and keep in mind these four essential steps you need to follow before a sugaring session:

    Step 1: Exfoliation The first step to an excellent and effective sugaring treatment relies on the client—it’s his or her homework to exfoliate properly before the appointment. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and cleans the skin, guaranteeing that the sugar paste will pull out the hairs without getting contaminated with dead skin cells. Advise your customers to use body scrubs, loofas, or exfoliating gloves in the shower to gently remove the outermost layers of dead skin cells from the body. Removing dead skin makes it easier for the paste to grab the hair.

Before you ask, yes, sugaring is also a great method for exfoliation too, and surely your clients will notice how smooth their skin feels after the treatment. However, you must remind them that for a better outcome, they should take time the day before the appointment to exfoliate… their bodies will thank them!

Step 2: Check the hair length In sugaring, just like waxing or any other method of hair removal, hairs need to be a certain length for the paste to be able to grab them and pull them out. Before treating a client, check if the hairs are the appropriate length for sugaring. One of the advantages of sugaring is that the hair does not need to be that long to be removed. In general, waxing requires the hair to be at least 1/4-inch long, while sugar paste can remove hair as short as 1/16-inch—almost five times shorter. Professionals feel more comfortable sugaring short hair instead of waxing it to prevent extra irritation; sugaring won’t grab the skin even if it doesn’t grab enough hair when applied.

How to use body sugaring paste
Step 3: Cleansing Once you have checked that the hairs are the proper length to continue with the session, it’s time to perform a deep cleaning on the skin. Sugaring (and any other hair removal method for that matter) on dirty skin can lead to infections, ingrown hairs, and other uncomfortable side effects no client wants to encounter after a treatment at a professional spa. Hopefully, your guests will arrive to the appointment as clean as possible—you don’t want a client to arrive sweaty after the gym. In any case, cleanse the area before the session; there are a lot of pre-hair removal products perfect for this task.

  • Step 4: Powder the skin Since sugar paste is made of water, it softens on moist skin. The body needs to be dry so the treatment can be performed properly and effectively. Apply baby powder or a powder specifically made to absorb moisture to ensure the skin is dry enough to apply the paste. On the bright side, cleansing the skin after the procedure is extremely easy thanks to sugaring paste’s water- and sugar-based composition—the remains of the paste can be washed off with just water, the use of oils or lotions is not necessary like in other methods such as strip-waxing.
  • Technically, anyone could make sugaring paste at home since all you need is water, sugar, and lemon. Nevertheless, as we stated a few blog posts ago, clients search for professional sugaring treatments at specialized spas or waxing salons because of the quality of products licensed estheticians use, the technique they master, and the lasting results that the typical customer wouldn’t obtain if she or he tried with homemade sugar paste. It’s a great plus to offer this service at your spa or beauty business, especially for those who suffer from over-sensitive skin.

    Are you a licensed esthetician and looking for a professional sugaring paste for your spa? At Beauty Image, we have the best option for you—our Sugar Professional Forte. This sugaring paste is made mostly of water and sugar and can be applied with the hands. It is designed to remove hair shorter than 3 mm and without any extra pain because it does not stick to the skin. To learn more about our sugaring paste or other hair removal products and accessories, call us at TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out this contact form. We will be happy to answer all your questions. You can order any of our products through this site, check our tutorials to learn how. To keep up to date with our promotions, find us on Facebook at Beauty Image USA, follow us on Twitter @BeautyImageUSA and Instagram @Beautyimageusa.

    March 19, 2021 by Katharina Bliem categories: Cosmetics

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    This sugaring paste recipe is as simple as mixing together a bit of sugar, water, and lemon juice – that’s all you need to get rid of unwanted hair gently. Here’s an all-natural DIY sugaring recipe for body hair removal at home.

    If you’d like to remove unwanted hair from your arms, legs, or face, there are several ways to go about it. Many people resort to questionable chemical creams, disposable razors that produce unnecessary waste, or expensive peeling devices and wax strips. But have you heard of sugaring? It’s much more gentle on your skin, and it’s better for the environment too!

    Sugaring DIY: Natural Body Hair Removal at Home

    Sugaring is a proven method of hair removal that originated in Persia, and you can still find it all over the Arabic world, where it is offered in hamams – the traditional steam baths.

    The sugaring paste – called halawa – is a mixture of natural ingredients including sugar, water, and lemon juice. The procedure is similar to waxing. You start by mixing the sugaring paste (see recipe below), then apply the paste to your skin and remove unwanted hair by pulling the mixture away.

    Sugaring Paste: The Recipe

    This DIY sugaring recipe is very easy to make yourself. You probably already have everything you need for this hair removal technique at home:


    • 1 part water
    • 1 part lemon juice
    • 2 parts sugar
    • Cooking pan
    • Stirring utensil

    How to prepare the sugaring paste recipe:

    1. First, pour all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring them to boil, stirring constantly.
    2. As soon as the mixture begins to bubble, remove the pan from the heat and continue stirring until the bubbles disappear. Then put the pan back over the heat and let the contents boil again.
    3. Repeat this process until you get a thick, honey-colored mass.
    4. If the paste has become hard and brittle, it can be revived by adding a little lemon juice to the sugaring recipe.
    5. If you suspect it is still too thin, just take a spoonful of the sugaring paste and put it in a glass of cold water. If the mixture dissolves, let it simmer a while longer.
    6. Once the mixture has reached the right consistency, remove the pan from the stove and allow the sugar paste to cool down to body temperature before use.

    Sugaring Recipe: How to Apply It

    The sugaring paste prepared in this recipe works best when removing hair between two and four millimeters in length. Once it has cooled down to body temperature, you can start:

    1. Your skin must be clean and free of excess oils or body lotions. Baby powder can help keep your skin clean and free of oil.
    2. Take a small portion of sugaring paste, about the size of a walnut, and knead it in your hand until it is soft and supple.
    3. Apply the paste to the skin against the direction of hair growth.
    4. Pull off the paste with several quick jerks in the direction of hair growth.
    5. You can reuse the piece of sugar paste until it becomes too weak to be effective. Then take a new portion of paste from your pan. It takes a little practice at first, but you will catch on pretty quickly.

    Tip: If you have prepared too much of the sugaring paste, you don’t need to throw the rest away. Pack it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. It will keep for several weeks.

    Advantages of Sugaring Hair Removal

    • Thorough body hair removal: Thanks to the tiny sugar molecules that penetrate better into the hair’s surface, the hair does not break so easily and can be more thoroughly removed.
    • Less painful: Sugaring removes the hair in the direction of growth, which is less painful than waxing. In addition, the sugaring paste loosens from the skin more easily than wax, leading to less skin irritation.
    • Slows hair growth: Unlike shaving, sugaring body hair removal removes the hair from the root, slowing down hair growth. In addition, the hair should grow back thinner and lighter after the treatment.
    • 100% natural ingredients: This sugaring recipe contains sugar, lemon juice, and water – and no allergenic ingredients. Sugar is even antibacterial!
    • Minimizes packaging waste: Wax strips and razors are often elaborately packaged. If you make your own sugaring paste recipe, you only need an old jar to store your unused paste in the refrigerator until it’s time for your next application.

    Tip: If you end up not wanting to make the sugaring paste yourself, it can often be found ready-made in drugstores.

    This article was translated from German. You can view the original here: Sugaring selber machen: So funktioniert die Haarentfernung mit Zuckerpaste.

    Sugaring is one of the oldest methods that has been used for centuries for removing unwanted body hair. It utilizes a natural paste that is made from three natural ingredients: water, lemon juice, and sugar. It is very easy yet effective way to remove unwanted hair from any part of your body. It removes the hair from the roots leaving your skin smooth and soft. In this article, we are going to tell you how to make this amazing paste and how to use it.

    To make the sugaring paste, you need to follow the following steps:

    1. Combine 2 cups of sugar with ½ cup of lemon juice and ½ cup of water, then heat the ingredients in a small pan.

    2. Place the pan on the stove at a low heat and start stirring the ingredients constantly until all the sugar granules are dissolved.

    3. When the sugar mixture stat to form small bubbles, check its color if it turned to the amber color, remove it from the heat source.

    4. Allow the mixture to cool until you can touch it. Once it has cooled you can apply it on your skin or you can store it in a jar and use it when needed by heating in the microwave.

    After making the paste you need to apply the following tips to get the best results:

    1. Make sure your hair is long enough. The paste will not be able to pick up the hair from the roots if your hair is short.

    2. Before using the sugaring technique, make sure your body is clean and free of any oils. You can spread talcum powder to the area to absorb any oils on the skin. And it is preferable to exfoliate your
    skin one day before using the sugaring paste to achieve better results.

    3. Spread a thin layer of warm paste in the direction of your hair growth. Then pull the paste in the opposite direction of hair growth. You should hold your skin firmly with one hand while pulling the paste with the other hand. This technique will help to pull the hair from the root and keep your skin smooth and soft for weeks. You can pull the paste with a muslin strip or with your fingers. At first, this will be somewhat painful but with time you will not feel any pain.

    Keep an eye on the thermometer. When it tart to heat up, the temperature can quickly increae. Therefore, keep a cloe eye on the thermometer. Remove the pot from the heat when the thermometer reache 24


    Keep an eye on the thermometer. When it starts to heat up, the temperature can quickly increase. Therefore, keep a close eye on the thermometer. Remove the pot from the heat when the thermometer reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures are based on dry or temperate climates and can vary slightly depending on the climate in which you live.

    Stir together guar gum with fast movements. The color of the paste will depend on how long it took to warm up. Sugar will caramelize and usually turn brown if heated for a long time and this should not be a problem in doing so. sugaring. The color of the sugar can also be mangosteen red or light or dark yellow. Basically, as long as the mixture is soft enough to use at room temperature, any color shouldn’t be a problem.

    Part 2 of 3: Waxing Using Sugar Paste

    Prepare your skin. Making sure that you are willing to do this is an important part of this process. Sugaring best done after showering, but not right after because the moisture on the skin will make the paste less sticky. The reason you need to shower first is so that the pores are open so that it can reduce pain.

    Unlike waxing, You can do sugaring many times in the same area if needed. This is commonly done in sugaring. If you feel pain afterwards (sometimes it occurs in more sensitive areas), use your other hand to rub it gently. This method can block the pain even a little. The result of one time doing sugaring can last for several weeks. Same as waxing, sugaring that is done repeatedly can make hair growth sparse and thinner.

    • Combine the remaining sugar with the sugar clump in your hand like a game Play-Doh, the sugar will stick together. Overall, you will feel that doing sugaring won’t be as messy as doing waxing. You don’t have to worry if the paste sticks to any surface as it is water soluble so it should be very easy to clean.

    Part 3 of 3: Solving Common Problems and Their Relation

    Stretch the fresh lumps of sugar over the paste that has stuck to your skin so that it can be snapped again. But if you hold it for too long, the paste will melt and become very sticky. If this happens, you can no longer use it because it sticks to the skin. Using a spoon, take the new lumps, place them on top of the old paste and snap. Repeat with the other lumps.

    How to use body sugaring paste

    If you’ve ever experimented with hair removal sans a razor blade, then you’re likely familiar with the many different hair-removal options at our disposal. There’s traditional waxing (ouch), hair removal creams and mousses (somewhat reliable), laser hair removal (brilliant, but expensive), threading (great for small areas), and then there’s sugaring.

    As its name implies, sugaring literally involves using sugar to remove unwanted body hair — and it’s also said to be much less uncomfortable than waxing. But how, exactly, does a pantry staple remove unwanted stubble from head-to-toe? Here, we asked the experts to explain everything about this sweet-sounding hair-removal technique.

    Sugaring, as it turns out, has actually been around since ancient Egyptian and Grecian times, according to New York City-based dermatologist Michelle Henry. And yes, sugaring does involve the use of real sugar. Specifically, “a mixture of sugar, lemon, and water are mixed to create a sticky paste that clings to [the] hair, effectively removing them without the skin,” says Henry. “It is similar to waxing but many report that it is less uncomfortable and gentler on the skin.”

    Why is it considered to be a bit less painful than waxing? Unlike waxing, “sugaring works to remove the actual hair by the root without disturbing the surrounding skin,” explains Sapna Palep, a dermatologist at Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. “So, it tends to be gentler than waxing with less irritation.”

    Because it is made from sugar, lemon, and water, sugaring (unlike the wax typically used for waxing) is also biodegradable, hypoallergenic, and can also be made using organic ingredients. Aside from the less painful components, sugaring also offers another benefit. “Compared to waxing, it’s faster, because you can cover a larger surface area,” Palep says. “It’s easier to clean off because it’s water-soluble, unlike wax.”

    You might still be wondering how rubbing actual sugar on your legs can result in the removal of hair. First off, for sugaring to work, the hair needs to be grown out —ideally, “one-eighth or one-fourth inch of stubble for the sugary paste to adhere to,” Palep says.

    Additionally, the method of applying and removing the sugar paste is crucial to ensuring proper hair removal. When done correctly, sugaring works to pull hair out at the root.

    Here’s how it should go, according to Sugared + Bronzed founder Courtney Claghorn: “A licensed aesthetician applies the sugar paste in the opposite direction of the hair growth, which allows the paste to seep into the follicle and wrap around each hair shaft. They then use a flicking motion to remove the paste, along with the hair, in the natural direction of hair growth. This technique is extremely effective.”

    The aesthetician won’t have to use a strip of paper to remove the sugar. Instead, they simply pull on the sugar paste itself (for reference, the paste has kind of a gel-like consistency).

    In other words, the sugar paste itself grabs onto the hair and yanks it out of its follicle completely (much like waxing or using an epilator) when it is removed from the skin correctly. Because the hair gets removed in its entirety (i.e. from the root), “the hair can grow back thinner over time,” Palep says.

    One sugaring treatment won’t produce these results, but if you book repeated sugaring sessions it can also help to discourage hair growth altogether (again, much like waxing or using an epilator). “Regular usage will noticeably reduce hair growth, and the re-growth takes longer to appear and is considerably finer,” Palep says.

    Again similar to waxing, when it comes to sugaring, Palep and Henry say that everywhere is pretty much fair game. “It can be done anywhere from your eyebrows to your bikini area to your legs,” Palep explains. At Sugared + Bronzed, for example, sugaring is available for the bikini area (including Brazilian), upper lips, legs, arms, back, and chest.

    Out of all the treatment areas on the menu, Claghorn says that “the Brazilian is by far the most popular service.”

    “Hair is removed temporarily after just one session and typically, results last three to five weeks,” Palep says. If you want to commit to a regular sugaring schedule, accounting for that extra week or so of additional growth (since you need some stubble for the sugar to adhere to), that works out to booking an appointment about once per month, or stretching it to six weeks if you’re lucky.

    How to use body sugaring paste

    Sugaring paste is a natural hair removal product that removes hair from the follicle. It’s made up of natural ingredients. Sugar, water and lemon juice are the most basic formula. Sometimes you’ll see salt, honey and/or essential oils. There are two types of natural sugaring products made with this basic formula: paste and gel.

    Sugaring Paste

    The paste’s consistency is, just that, a paste like you see in the photo here. It’s used at room temperature, and because of its consistency is simply uses the fingers or hands for the entire process– no strips or applicators.

    Sugaring paste isn’t as readily available at drugstores, but used at salons and spas. Jenn Webdale of ALTERIS, in Scottsdale Arizona (now Jenn owns The Sugar Spa) uses the real sugaring paste method and explains for us further the differences. “The technique for sugaring involves molding a ball of sugar paste against the direction of hair growth and removing the hair in the direction of growth.”

    With it being removed in the direction of hair growth, there’s less chance of hair breaking above or below the skin. With less force pulling on the skin, which is the main source of hair removal pain, it’s known to be the least painful method that removes hair from the follicle.

    Even those that have very sensitive skin seem to handle it well. Although any time you take out hair, you run the risk of some irritation, redness and sensitivity. And this also depends on the skill of the tech.

    The paste also can uplift hair as short as 1/16th of an inch. Most other methods need at least double that amount of hair for it to be uplifted. So those that don’t want deal with noticeable regrowth, really appreciate this plus point.

    Read about my first time experience trying sugaring paste on my underarms: Review of Alexandria Sugaring Paste.

    Sugaring Gel

    The gel is a thinner consistency and needs to be heated up in the microwave or in a wax warmer. It’s spread on the skin over the hair with an applicator in the direction of hair’s growth and removed the opposite way with a cloth or muslin strip. There needs to be about 1/4 inch of growth for the gel to adhere to.

    Sugaring Gel Product Reviews:

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    However, if you have something called sugar wax, it could mean a resin mixed with some natural ingredients used for sugaring hair removal. In this case, you no longer have a true sugaring product. With the combined wax and sugar product, companies employ sly marketing tricks to make you think you have tried “sugaring” or gain the benefits, when you really have not.

    Sugaring gel is very similar to soft wax- how it needs to be heated, the way it’s applied, removed and the 1/4 inch of hair growth needed. With sugaring being all natural and not sticking to the skin as much as waxing, it’s said to be less painful in general than waxing. Although sugaring gel can still spur some of the same side effects as waxing– like hair breakage, bruising, pimples, ingrown hair, redness and bumps.

    Also See: What to Apply for a Nearly Painless Wax

    Sometimes a true sugaring product in the gel form is called sugar wax because they have these similarities. So know what’s in the formula first.

    A real sugaring product whether a paste or gel will be water soluble, meaning you can clean off the residue from your skin with just plain water. Water won’t cut it for any product that contains resins, like wax does. You’ll need an oil-based product to break down the resin in the wax for it to clean and remove all traces from the skin or other surfaces.

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    Now that we are all self-isolating to help slow the spread of Coronavirus, thoughts are turning to our at-home beauty regimes.

    We’ve already taught you how to whiten your teeth at home with an at-home kit, touch-up your roots, maintain your eyebrows, perform your own gel manicure and do an at-home facial, and now we’re tackling at-home hair removal.

    There’s plenty of laser hair removal devices on the market and yes, you can even have a go at waxing your hair yourself, but if you’re looking for a budget and pain-free option, we come bearing good news.


    If you’re desperate for hair-free skin but can’t bear the thought of a wax, allow us to introduce you to an alternative hair removal treatment that could totally change your beauty regime forever.

    Sugaring is being touted by experts as a simpler, less painful way to remove unwanted body hairs (if you want to keep yours, we are totally here for that).

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    It is the act of pulling hair out of the roots using a gel made from sugar, lemon and hot water.


    Sugaring doesn’t stick to skin, it only binds to the hair, whereas wax pulls your skin when removing hair. This makes sugaring especially good if you have sensitive skin, because it causes less irritation and isn’t as painful as waxing. You can also easily clean up after sugaring by simply using water to rinse off, as all of the ingredients in the mix are natural, so they dissolve.


    • 2 cups white cane sugar
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice
    • 1/4 cup water
    1. The juice from two lemons makes about 1/4 cup; make sure there’s no pips or pulp.
    2. Mix your ingredients in a heavy saucepan and heat it up over a medium-high heat, ensuring you keep stirring it.
    3. Bring the mixture to the boil and then turn the heat down to low-medium. Let the mixture simmer for around 25 minutes, ensuring the mixture doesn’t turn dark too quickly.
    4. When the paste is a dark amber colour, it’s ready. Remove it from the heat and leave it to cool down for about 10 minutes. Then pop it in an air-tight container.
    5. Once the product has cooled, it’s ready. To sugar, your paste needs to be at room temperature. If it’s too thick, add a splash of water and microwave it until it’s warmed up and less sticky.

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    1. Wipe clean your skin. All serums and lotions, no matter how long ago you applied them, should be removed from the skin. This prevents the sugar paste from sliding off.

    2. Next, lightly dust your skin with baby powder and softly massage it in. Applying too much interferes with the hair removal.

    3. Apply the warm sugar paste in the opposite direction of growth, with slight pressure so it sticks well.

    4. Next, use a fast, flicking motion to remove the paste in the same direction of the hair. Removing hair in the same direction of growth helps to avoid breaking the hair follicle either above or below the skin’s surface. This means, you get longer-lasting hair-free results and avoid pesky ingrown hairs.


    5. Once finished, rinse the area with soap and water.

    So, would you try it?

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    Tired of ingrowns and itchy red bumps? So was our writer, who decided to find a better way to groom down below.

    I’ve always wanted to wax my bikini line, but modesty and fear kept me in that population of women who spend their money on fancy razors and expensive shaving creams. So when a friend told me about a hair removal technique called “sugaring,” I was intrigued.

    She assured me that sugaring wouldn’t cause razor bumps, ingrown hairs, or vaginal infections—all of which I’d experienced with a razor. Even better, my pubic hair wouldn’t regrow as quickly as it did after shaving. But what really sold me on the idea were all the internet claims that sugaring was better than waxing for people with sensitive skin. “Once you try sugaring, you’ll never go back,” estheticians promised in ads.

    After having an allergic reaction to a new anti-bump shaving gel, I finally put aside my fear earlier this month and decided to give sugaring a try.

    I live in New York, so I made an appointment at Sugaring NYC, a salon in Manhattan. The place was super clean (and entirely painted pink) and the estheticians were welcoming. After undressing from the waist down and getting comfortable on a soft table in one of the treatment rooms, the sugaring esthetician came in and explained the process. “It is going to sting a little only because it’s your first time, but if you keep coming, you eventually won’t feel a thing,” she said.

    Let me clarify upfront that “sting a little” is a bit of an understatement. But before I tell you how the process went down, here’s some information about sugaring.

    Sugaring is a hair removal technique used in the Middle East and Northern Africa for centuries. The name comes from the organic paste used to remove hair, a mix of sugar and water. According to Sugaring NYC, because it’s hypoallergenic and free of chemicals and fragrances, sugaring paste won’t irritate skin the way chemical-laden wax can.

    The paste looks sort of like honey, and it’s applied at body temperature. It only adheres to the hair, and it pulls hair from the roots rather than pulling at the skin. This means sugaring won’t cause hyperpigmentation or damage the skin, and that’s why the process is considered to be less painful than waxing. A sugaring session ranges from $10-60, and the hair can take about a month to grow back.

    Sugaring NYC offers sugaring for the face, body, and vaginal area, which is what I wanted. I knew that getting a totally bare full Brazilian would be too intense for a sugaring virgin like myself, so I went with the bikini option—which removes all pubic hair from the top and a little from the sides (cost: $45).

    I’m the kind of person who does a lot of research before trying anything new, so I learned that my pubic hair had to be at least an eighth of an inch long (the size of a grain of rice) so the paste can bind to the hair. You’re also supposed to shower before the appointment to get rid of any oils in the area that can interfere with the paste, and wear loose-fitting clothing or underwear as well.

    So, here’s the real deal. Although my opinion could be due to my inexperience with any kind of hair-removal method other than shaving, to answer the question if sugaring hurts—yes, it hurts. The process felt like never-ending bee stings in an area that you would never, ever want a bee to sting.

    The esthetician spread the sugar paste and then did four to five little pulls, rolling the paste into a ball and then dabbing it on the stubborn pubic hairs. In an attempt to distract me, she asked me questions about my life, but that didn’t stop me from screaming like I was in labor. I noticed that some spots caused me more pain than others (hello, inner thigh). For the entire procedure, I was holding back tears and angry with myself for willingly signing up for torture.

    The process lasted about 25 minutes, which I was told is a little longer than normal because the esthetician did some extra tweezing to get rid of some pubic stragglers. She then cleaned off the remaining bits of sugar paste and told me to avoid hot water, tanning beds, and the gym for a day, to prevent any irritation.

    When I finally looked down at the finished product, I was in shock. Part of that was due to the trauma I had just experienced, but also because the results looked . . . beautiful. My bikini area was completely bare. No leftover hairs, no paste residue, and no redness. For the first few hours post-sugaring, the skin down there felt a little sensitive to the touch, and walking was slightly uncomfortable. But by the next morning, I was back to normal.

    It’s been two weeks since my sugaring experience, and I am happy to report that I’m still free of hair, razor bumps, and ingrowns for the first time since I began grooming myself down below eight years ago. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin—or anyone who is totally over lifting one leg up in the shower and still not getting rid of all their unwanted hair.

    Although sugaring was probably one of the top five most painful things I’ve done so far in life, I am going to continue with this method. I would rather deal with 20 minutes of pain than all the discomfort from shaving every week.

    It sounds like you have some room to curb your added sugar consumption. Perhaps you didn’t know about lesser-known sources like ketchup. Or maybe you didn’t realize just how frequently you were consuming sugary foods until now. Whatever the case, start by becoming a bit of a sugar sleuth. Read ingredient lists and look for sugar grams per serving on labels. Next, try some simple swaps that will still leave you feeling satisfied. For example, opting for two squares of dark chocolate in place of a few cookies can slash several grams of added sugar.

    Also, up your intake of fresh food. The AHA limits do not include sugars added to food by Mother Nature, like the sugar in fresh fruit or carrots. That means an apple with nuts or hummus with veggies are good snack choices.

    Based on your responses you’re likely getting too much added sugar. To cut back, set one goal at a time. For example, start by replacing sugary drinks with plain or sparkling H2O. Next, identify the sugary foods you feel you can realistically forego. For example, maybe you find a veggie and avocado omelet even more appealing than a bowl of sugary cereal for breakfast. If so, try to make the time in the a.m.

    Next, consider reducing the frequency of sweet treats rather than swearing them off completely. Make your favorites special splurges, and pass on options you can live without. As you gradually reduce your sugar intake you’ll probably notice an increase in your energy level, a reduction in cravings, and bonus benefits, like clearer skin and better sleep.