Its summer-time again! Shorts, T-shirts and bathing suits make their appearance. With the exposure of more skin and body hair, my clients are booking their sugaring hair removal appointments now. Its a popular spa service for obvious reasons. My clients have some excess hair they’d prefer not to have, whether its lip and chin, brows, bikinis, arms and underarms, neck, legs, etc.
Sugaring hair removal is a method of hair removal that has some similarities to waxing. Some distinct differences make sugaring a preferred method of hair removal.
Why I chose Sugaring over Waxing
In school, every New York aesthetician learns hair removal using wax. However, I’ve always been uncomfortable with the wax itself.
Although I was a very good waxer (graduated my program with high honors), the chemicals and high heat of even the highest quality waxes made me uncomfortable. Even waxes that say they’re “natural” are really composed of synthetic resins, petroleum based products, synthetic fragrances, toxic preservatives and more.
Most Brooklyn spas use strip waxes, because they're cheapest for the spa to use, both from a material and labor perspective. Strip waxing is when a hot wax is applied to your skin, a fabric strip is applied over the wax as it dries to a non-flexible consistency, then is ripped off. Ouch! Hopefully your skin isn't burned or even taken off with the wax - I've seen this too many times, and its never pretty.
Waxing and sensitive skins
About half of my clients have what they would describe as "sensitive skin". This could be for many reasons, including overuse of chemicals on skin, changes in hormones (pregnancy, peri-menopause, etc.), allergies, medications and illness.
High heat, aggressive stripping, and chemicals can make an already delicate situation precarious.
Benefits of Sugaring
I prefer sugaring hair removal because;
Sugaring paste is NOT HOT
It is only heated to the level of body temperature, so its never too hot. It is soft and pliable, so it smoothes onto skin easily and stays that way. This helps to avoid hyper-pigmentation, or brown marks that come from trauma to the skin.
Sugaring - no chemicals
Quality sugaring paste has no chemicals or additives, not even essential oils - its made of sugar, water and lemon, that’s it. Great for those who are sensitive-skinned, pregnant, or otherwise concerned about the effects of chemicals on the body.
Sugaring is gentler on skin
The reason why is twofold. Sugar paste does not stick to skin. Live cells are full of moisture, and because sugar is water soluble, it does not adhere to live skin cells like wax does. Secondly, when the sugaring paste is removed, it is removed in the direction that hair grows. Waxing pulls hair out in the opposite direction of growth, causing trauma to skin, pain and ingrowns. Sugaring clients report that pain is greatly reduced or nonexistent with sugaring methods.
Sugaring is more sanitary
Bacteria does not breed in sugar like it does in waxes - sugar itself is anti-bacterial in nature.
In waxing, sticks are used to dip into the wax pot and apply the wax to the skin. Many clients have witnessed "double-dipping", in other words, when the waxer uses the stick to apply wax to skin, then reuses the same stick to apply more wax. Sugaring doesn't use sticks and has no need for multiple applications of sugar paste, so no "double dipping" can occur. Only one scoop of wax per person is needed.
Sugaring can extract shorter hairs than waxing
This means that you don't have to wait a few weeks to remove hair, only 4 - 7 days. However, my sugaring clients notice that they can go longer between sugarings than waxing. Sugaring treatments during the anagen (beginning) phase of hair growth can reduce hair growth in general.
If you have any questions about sugaring, feel free to contact me at 917-596-9535 or firstname.lastname@example.org Appointments for sugaring hair removal can be made independently of massages and facials, so feel free to make an appointment any time.
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Summer weather brings greater exposure to sun. Most of you are pretty consistent about applying sunscreen before you leave the house in the morning. However, every summer I see an increase in cases of hyper-pigmentation. The first thing I hear is "...but I wore my sunscreen".
So why did this happen?
1. Failure to reapply sunscreen. The FDA recommendation is to reapply every 2 hours. It may seem excessive at first glance, but think about it. You sweat. You swim. No sunscreen is permanent - it can come off. I can help you make the reapplication process as convenient as possible, even when you wear makeup. Let's talk about your needs and I'll help you find a portable solution.
2. Consuming alcohol. A client came in with hyper pigmentation at the corners of her mouth. After several questions, we found the culprit. She had been drinking margaritas at the beach. Alcohol on the skin causes the skin to react by hyper-pigmenting. It took awhile, but we were able to get rid of the marks with some special treatments.
3. Applying citrus oils to your skin while exposed to sun. This may be in the form of perfumes, body washes or other products with a high citrus oil content. Read your labels!
4. Taking certain types of medication. In addition to birth control drugs (especially when mixed with anti-histamines), the following types of drugs can cause hyper-pigmentation (or other skin problems) of the skin;
antibiotics, diuretics, glyburide, Benadryl, antiarrhythmics, naproxen, acne medications, cancer medications, antimalarials, NSAIDs, Dilantin, amiodarone, antipsychotics, and tetracycline. Sunscreen can help, but not completely.
5. Hair removal. Most times when you go for a typical lip, brow or other facial waxing, the technician rips off the hair, which in and of itself is potentially hyper pigmenting to your skin. Your skin is wiped with alcohol before, after or both. Almost never have I seen sunscreen being applied afterwards. This is why I don't use wax or alcohol wipes and you always leave here with sunscreen. (I use sugaring for hair removal, which is not wax and is much gentler).
6. Being in the sun between 10am and 3pm. So you're probably saying, gee, what's the point of tanning? Yes, exactly. I AM a fan of the health benefits (Vitamin D synthesis) the sun provides, but you don't need to bake for hours at prime burning time to have the benefits. These hours are when the sun is strongest and no sunscreen, no matter how high the number, will protect you 100%. Save your sun time for when the sun is less strong, but still wear your sunscreen. Use a hat, coverup and sunglasses for begin out between 10 and 3.
Try the new Antioxidant Superfoods Facial with ferulic acid stabilized Vitamin C to deal with hyper pigmentation or uneven skin tone.
If you have any questions, or end up with skin hyper pigmentation, contact me for help at 917. 596. 9535. I have many options to deal with hyper pigmentation, including specific facials and treatments. Happy summer!
I have a love-hate relationship with waxing.
Love the results when its done well, but hate how we get there. And if its not done well, then its more problem than its worth.
My specific hatred about waxing - high heat burns my skin, toxic chemicals (don’t believe the “sap” story, its still chemical) and in-growns (not pretty).
So I’ve endeavored to find a good alternative that I was comfortable with giving and receiving. After many classroom hours, tutorials, and a year of practice on some very brave clients (thank you ladies, you know who you are!), I’m a certified sugarer. This means I expertly remove unwanted hair with a combination of sugar, lemon and water - really! No chemicals, no high heat, and way less chance of in-growns. My clients can’t believe how painless its been for them, and how smooth their skin is for longer periods of time than waxing. Click to read more about Sugaring Hair Removal, call 917. 596. 9535 or email email@example.com if you have any questions, or book online now.
Happy Earth Day! Blessings to God's remarkable earth - I'm grateful for all the bounties the earth provides.
Traditional spas require large amounts of water, chemicals and disposable items. As a spa practitioner dedicated to clean living because of its benefits for health, it made sense for me to offer services and run my studio in ways that respect the planet as well as my clients' health and well-being.
My commitment to environmentally responsible spa practices includes;
Organic, pesticide-free, cruelty-free massage and skincare products. My massage oil, skin care and makeup suppliers (The Jojoba Company and Eminence Organic Skin Care) have long histories of using sustainable farming and green practices. In the past year I've replaced facial waxing with Alexandria Sugaring, a gentle and natural way of removing hair with a professional blend of sugar, lemon and water. This method also doesn't require the use of strips, which are made from petroleum by-products.
Non-toxic treatment tables. Comfortable, sturdy American made massage tables from Oakworks in Pennsylvania, which do not contain toxin-emitting PVC found in foreign made tables. These massage tables contain only 100% CFC-free foam, and stand on either sustainable bamboo or metal bases.
Environmentally friendly linens and laundering. Bamboo (a highly renewable source for making fabrics), microfiber (which dries quickly and has a long life) and organic cotton (which uses no pesticides in growing) make up my sheets, and robes. I launder full loads so as not to waste water, and Nellie's All Natural Detergent that is biodegradable, nontoxic, and free from fragrances, dyes and chlorine. My Energy Star appliances ensure conservation of electricity.
Minimized disposables. Disposables are only used when necessary to protect the health and safety of my clients, avoiding unnecessary landfill. Glass and metal are used as treatment bowls and drinking cups to avoid landfill-clogging plastics. Bags are recycled paper or biodegradable. All sheets and towels are fabric and are laundered, rather than plastic or paper that has to be thrown away after each use creating more waste.
Reduce, Re-cycle and Re-use. All cardboard, glass, plastic and paper is recycled. All records are electronic and stored safely in the "Cloud". Paper receipts are only provided upon request - all others are emailed. All packing materials for shipping are reused from boxes I receive.
Environmentally conscious delivery - Shipping boxes and packing materials are re-used. Eminence Organics sends my items with corn pellets that disintegrate in the rain. I even maintain an old-fashioned MilkBox outside the studio for my local clients to be able to pick up their products when out for walks or on the way to work. Monthly newsletters are emailed, and I only do postcard mailings twice per year. The birthday cards are now postcards, so no more need for envelopes.
I hope this gives you an idea of the earth-friendly way I run the studio, and that it inspires you to look around your home and office to see where you can make some changes. If we all make small changes, the effect will be dramatic. Need some ideas or resources? Check online or feel free to call me at 917. 596. 9535.
Happy Earth Day!
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