Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sugaring vs. Waxing

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Benefits of Sugaring:
1. It's better for your skin.
Wax adheres to whatever it comes in contact with: hair, live skin, your clothes, the sheets, etc. Waxing will remove live skin cells along with dead skin cells and unwanted hair, causing unnecessary pain and irritation. The repetitive trauma to the dermis can lead to scarring of the skin. In patients with a tendency towards hyperpigmentation this can create a permanent darkening of the upper lip, for example. You can visibly see the damage from waxing to the skin under a wood's lamp. The reason why waxing became so popular is that it requires far less skill. You can be very unskilled and still remove hair because the wax will rip off (or at least break) the hair.
Sugar paste adheres only to dead skin cells and does not disturb live skin cells. This means that after sugaring the skin is glowing and beautifully exfoliated. It is actually beneficial to the skin and will not cause hyperpigmentation or skin damage. Sugaring is still painful because you are pulling the hairs by their roots, but significantly less painful than waxing, because you are not ripping the skin off as well.
2.It's Natural
Sugaring is an ancient method of hair removal that uses a paste made from caramelized sugar, honey, and lime juice. It is so clean it is edible. These ingredients are also good for your skin. Honey is an excellent humectant (helps keep moisture in the skin) and lime juice astringes the pores.
Waxing is made of resins and often toxic chemicals as well. These ingredients are often irritating, if not toxic, to the skin.
3.No Risk of Burning
Sugar paste needs only to be slightly warm to use unlike hot wax which can burn sensitive skin.
4. No Risk of Contamination
This may not seem like such a big concern, but for anyone who has contacted a staph infection from waxing, they know how potentially dangerous not maintaining the proper level of sanitation can be. In order to avoid cross contamination, an esthetician is required to use a new wax stick each time wax is removed from the wax pot. This is in fact the law, however, in practice it is common for estheticians to "double dip."
With sugar paste, the same ball of sugar is reapplied until it becomes saturated with hair. The sugar and honey are naturally antibacterial. The esthetician also uses gloves during the procedure and everything, sugar stick, gloves, and sugar, are discarded immediately after use. There is no risk of cross contamination. This is very important when you consider that hair removal is often done exactly where we are most prone to contacting disease.
(For this reason it is always important to only patronize clean facilities when receiving aesthetic services.)
4. Hairs Removed at the Bulb
Proper sugaring methods remove hair in the natural direction of hair growth. Sugar paste also seeps into the hair follicle, lubricating the hair root. This results in the entire hair being removed including the bulb, consistently. Over time this weakens the hairs gradually leading to finer and less hair growth. It is also minimizes the inherent discomfort.
With waxing hair is removed against the natural direction of hair growth leading to greater discomfort and breakage of hairs above the root.
Sugaring will help:
• eliminate ingrown hairs
• prevent new ingrown hairs
• extract all hair colors and textures
• successfully treat all skin types and colors
• improve the skin tone and texture
Sugaring will not:
• burn the skin
• damage the dermal cells
• “pit” the delicate facial skin cells
• scar the follicle mouth or surrounding area
• promote cross contamination
Our Sugar Paste
We use Alexandria Professional Sugar at our clinic. This ensures that the sugar paste is certified sterile and safe. All of our estheticians are Alexandria certified.