The Case for Sugaring Your Brows

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Sugaring is an ancient hair removal method that, like waxing, removes hair from the root. While it's a process that leaves behind smooth and long lasting results on any part of the body, sugaring your eyebrows has become an extremely popular choice because it leaves the area hair-free up to six weeks. It's also a very natural option, where the traditional waxing process can feel somewhat unnatural. Most of the time the recipe for sugaring is just sugar, lemon juice and water, even though sometimes salt, essential oils or honey are also added to the formula.

In fact, there are actually two kinds of sugar that can be used on your body. Sugaring paste is either applied slightly warmed, or at room temperature. It’s spread against the way the hair grows, and removed in the direction of the hair growth with a finger-flicking motion. It can remove hair as short as 1/16". Sugaring gel, on the other hand, is used the same way as soft wax. It’s warmed up in a warmer or in the microwave, and applied in the way the hair grows with an applicator. A strip will placed over the gel and removed in the opposite direction of hair growth. Paste can remove hair as short as 1/16", while gel can remove hair as short as 1/4".

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With how sensitive the skin in the eye area is, a big draw of sugaring is that it doesn’t cling as much to the skin as it does to the hair. Because there's less tugging, It's generally agreed it’s not as painful as waxing, and brows don’t get as pink. With the paste, the pain factor goes down even more because hair is removed in the direction of growth. Sugar can also be applied more than once, which means it's great for if you miss some hair. The gentle nature of sugar allows it be applied more than once in a row to grab hair left behind. Most wax is only supposed to be used once, with rogue hairs getting picked up by tweezers.

Much like the exfoliating skincare products that we sometimes use to keep our skin looking new and refreshed, sugaring, can too, slough off dead skin cells whereas traditional waxing tends to remove both dead and live ones. That said, waxing can often prove to be too harsh, especially when combined with other products. This type of over exfoliation can often lead to unwanted redness, inflammation, or removal of the actual skin. Unless the skin is already in an over-exfoliated state, sugaring is less likely to cause irritation. The process of sugaring is also fast and easy. Unlike tweezing, which is great for a hair here or there, both the paste and gel sugar formulas can remove many hairs at once.

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It's good to remember, though, that sugaring your eyebrows is different than removing hair from other parts of the face or body because you need the utmost precision. However, you can shape your own brows at home using sugar, if you wish. We recommend, if you're doing it yourself, using the gel over the paste as it’s much easier to control where it’s placed and removed. If you're in a pinch or want to save money, you can also make your own sugaring wax by mixing sugar, lemon juice, and water. In this form, it can be used as paste or gel, whichever you prefer.

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