When there’s a heat wave you just can’t walk outside in a pair of long jeans, that would be just cruel. But before we jump into our shorts and spaghetti-strapped tanks we need to get rid of all that hair. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to go to a salon for a waxing then try our DIY basic sugar wax recipe.
If you’ve never heard of sugaring, it’s a waxing method in which a paste made out of sugar, lemon and water is applied to the skin and then removed along with all that nasty hair you’re trying to get rid of.
The best part about sugar waxing is the paste is applied when it’s only slightly warm so you won’t have any problems if you’re sensitive to hot wax, plus it’s one of the most budget-friendly options out there.
DIY Basic Sugar Wax Recipe
Without further ado, here’s the DIY basic sugar wax recipe you can easily make at home for a smooth and silky skin on the cheap.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice (bottled or freshly squeezed, either will work)
- 1/4 cup of water
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour them into a pot that’s large enough so only 1/2 of it gets filled. This is necessary to prevent overflowing because the mixture will start to bubble and foam during the cooking process.
With that said, set the heat to medium-high and wait until the mixture starts to bubble.
At this point, start mixing continuously with a metal or wooden spoon and continue to cook until it becomes golden brown.
Remove from heat and pour into a glass bowl or jar. Let it cool until the wax is solid but malleable. This can take about 20-30 minutes.
How To Use Sugar Wax
Now that your homemade sugar wax has reached the perfect consistency it’s time to use it.
There are several ways to apply sugar wax. You can scoop out some wax using a wooden spatula (even a popsicle stick works), a butter knife, a spoon or just your hands. For larger areas such as the legs make sure you get a larger quantity.
If you want to wax using your hands, press the blob onto the skin until the wax is about a quarter of an inch thick. Quickly pull in the opposite direction of hair growth.
You can also use waxing strips – in that case, apply the sheet over the wax and rub it few times while applying some pressure. This will help the sheet adhere to the sugar wax.
The difference between using a waxing strip or just the wax is you can’t reuse the wax with the first method. If you use the wax alone, you can reapply it 3-4 times. Don’t try to reuse it more than that – eventually, it can get too sticky and you may have a hard time removing it from your skin.
For sweaty areas, you can apply a bit of talk to absorb the moisture before waxing. When waxing the bikini line, armpits or other sensitive areas you can quickly apply some pressure with your hand as soon as you pull the wax off to relieve the pain.
Also, if you need to wax just smaller areas you can easily just use half of the quantities to make a smaller batch.
Have you ever tried to sugar wax at home and how did it go? Share your experience with us in the comments section!