Today’s guest post is from Maria Bastet, a beauty enthusiast specializing in hair removal. You can find more of her articles located at HairRemoval.org.
Many of us want to find the best way to remove our unwanted hair, but not necessarily at the cost of the environment. Luckily, there are several ways in which hair can be removed with minimal, or at least less, impact. While a tweezer can last a lifetime and suffice for facial hair, tweezers are never a practical solution for larger areas, such as the legs, in which case other green and natural methods are available.
While shaving may not be thought of as natural hair removal, it is possible to find recyclable razors as well as organic soaps which can be used in the shaving process. While blades will need to be replaced at some point, handles are often made from 100% recycled plastic and will last for a long time. Shaving with environmentally friendly products can be acceptable but there are better natural, longer lasting methods to try.
Sugaring and waxing are two similar methods that are often thought of as being the same; however, there are some important differences. Wax often contains resins but sometimes also chemicals and artificial fragrances. Not only are these ingredients not green, but they can also cause allergic reactions. Sugaring is the more natural solution because it uses only sugar, lemon juice and water. Also, wax can stick to the skin, while sugaring does not.
DIY Sugaring Recipe
Measures will wary depending on who you ask: two cups sugar, and a quarter cup each of lemon juice and water will make a batch of sugaring paste. This mixture needs to be heated in a sauce pan until it reaches a boil, where after it needs to be removed from the heat and cooled down. Using a dull knife or the back of a spoon, the mixture can be spread over the skin where after a cloth strip would need to be applied over it, and then ripped off.
Thin organic fabric can be used for sugaring, and used cloths can be washed and used again. However, it is possible to do sugaring without using fabric. It’s all a matter of finding the right consistency, so that the paste can be kneaded between fingers and spread over the skin. This refined technique will need tons of practice, but with persistence it can be done. In fact, millions of women all over the world use sugaring without the use of any fabric.
Any type of organic sugar and organic lemons can be used, and those allergic to lemon can try other liquids such as lime/orange/grapefruit juice or even vinegar. Those who use sugaring for hair removal have their unique methods, which are a result of tons of practice. Some trial and error is a must in order to find a recipe and method that works. While the method of sugaring certainly needs some practice, it can be well worth it in the long run. In addition to having smooth skin for weeks, the environmental impact is minimal compared to other temporary hair removal methods!
Thanks so much for sending along this great info to our readers, Maria!! I can’t wait to try out this sugaring recipe at home.