The trick to a smooth summer bod? The answer is sweet…

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The resurgence of the sugaring is just in time for the beach!

Think of sugar and you’re likely to associate it with cake, chocolate or clean eating’s arch nemesis. Body hair removal however, isn’t something that springs to mind. Yet it is a hair removal technique that’s been around for a long time, practised for centuries in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Greece.

While it’s never hit the heights of traditional waxing or shaving here, sugaring is finding modern day fans. Why? Well, it’s an all-natural gel or paste made from ingredients like sugar, water and lemon juice, which is then used in a similar way as wax: to remove body hair from the roots. Whilst the sugar paste can be used with adhesive strips, traditionally it’s used alone. The paste is balled up, and then applied and pulled off the skin in the same direction of hair growth, the sugary substance works by wrapping around the strands and then pulling hairs out from the follicle as it’s rolled off the skin.

Raved about as the far less painful approach to hair removal, the sugary substance sticks only to hairs and not to the skin. So there is less pull and ultimately less pain. Hurrah! Another bonus is that is considerably cheaper than popping to your salon on splashing out at home waxing kits. A word of warning. Consistency of the paste is key, so if you do have cash to splash then book in to see a professional therapist. He or she will be able to remove larger amounts of hair at once, and also help prevent any accidental breakages that sometimes lead to pesky ingrown hairs.

Sugaring can be used pretty much anywhere on the body to remove unwanted hair but steer clear of eyebrows. Most removing and cleaning up is a dream as there is no residual stickiness. Simply wash off with warm warmer! Sweet!

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