Do you wax your facial hair regularly? Are you using the same waxing kit for your body and your face? We can imagine how troublesome the task is for you as the skin on our face is much more delicate than the skin on other parts of our body, and we should never forget how sensitive it could turn during waxing. Hence, it is always good to use homemade mild sugar wax recipes for facial hair removal in order to pay close attention to your facial skin and take special care of it.
Is Facial Hair Normal?
Yes, it’s absolutely normal to have facial hair. Approximately 10% of women experience excessive body hair. While it’s worth mentioning that most women see a growth of fine, light colored facial hair, others might experience thick and dark colored facial hair making it little unsightly. The primary reason for excessive body hair is hormonal imbalance (1). If a woman’s body has more testosterone (male sex hormone), this can lead to excessive facial hair growth. Other factors include Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), hereditary, pregnancy and menopause. You should consult a doctor when you observe a sudden growth of facial hair in a short span of time (2).
How Do You Get Rid of Facial Hair?
Thankfully there are multiple ways to deal with excessive facial hair. While some of these methods are natural, easy to use and pocket friendly; other options like laser hair removal, depilatory creams etc. can be tried depending on one’s preference and budget. In this post, we will extensively discuss homemade sugar recipes, however alternatives like Shaving, Tweezing, Waxing, Epilation, Threading can also be tried.
Homemade Wax Recipes For Facial Hair Removal
These sugar wax recipes will not only be a safe bet for your face but can also be prepared easily at home without burning holes in your pocket. Here, we give you 3 simple recipes for this:
Homemade sugar waxing uses a thick sugar substrate that sticks only to the hair instead of sticking to the skin for getting each hair fibre out of its root effortlessly. As it does not adhere to the skin, it does not pull the skin for uprooting the hair, thereby causing much lesser pain than regular waxing.
Recipe 1: Sugar And Honey Wax
- Brown sugar / regular white sugar – 1 tablespoon
- Raw honey – 1 tablespoon
- Water – 1 tablespoon
- A microwave-safe bowl
- A spatula
- A few thin cloth strips
- Pour all ingredients i.e. brown sugar (or white sugar), honey and water into the microwave-safe bowl and place it inside the microwave oven.
- Cook the entire mixture for some time. To get the right consistency of your wax, you should cook the ingredient-mixture for 30-35 seconds in microwave until it starts bubbling and turns brown in color.
- Remove the bowl from the heat and allow the wax to cool down. If you already have achieved the perfect consistency, you’ll be ready to go. If not, add ingredients based on the thickness of the concoction and cook for some more minutes.
- Now, it’s time for application. Take some homemade wax onto the spatula and apply to the facial hair you want to remove.
- Take a cloth strip and place it over the area where you have just applied the wax. Press firmly with your fingers and smooth out following the direction of growth of your facial hair.
- Then, pull the cloth swiftly (apply as sharp motion as possible) just in the opposite direction (reverse of your hair growth). Your movement should be firm enough and also keep it flowing.
- Repeat the application of wax and make use of the cloth strips one by one for getting rid of all the unwanted facial hair.
Precautions – Before applying your wax recipe, make sure to clean the area where you would be applying the mixture and allow it to dry. Always apply the mixture in the direction opposite to hair growth for better results.(3)
Also Read – How to Remove Facial Hair Naturally at Home
Recipe 2: Sugar And Lemon Juice Wax
- Brown Sugar / Regular white sugar – 1 cup
- Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons (make sure that it is freshly squeezed)
- Water – 2 tablespoons
- A medium-sized bowl
- A spoon
- A spatula
- A few cotton cloth pieces
Warning – If the hair is too short, refrain from waxing as wax won’t be able to hold the hair properly. Make sure your hair is at least ¼ inch or 1 cm. If you are suffering from skin irritation, it is recommended to avoid waxing. (4)
- Put the sugar in the bowl. Also, add lemon juice and water to it.
- Place the bowl over medium heat and keep stirring the mixture with the spoon.
- Do it for 8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, the mixture should become quite thicker and the consistency should become like honey.
- Once you get the right consistency of your wax, turn the heat off and remove the bowl from the oven. Let it cool down for a few minutes.
- Now, apply the warm wax to your facial hair with the help of the spatula. Remember that you need to start with a small section.
- Place a piece of cotton cloth over it, press the wax down firmly, smooth it out with your fingers and then, pull the cloth up in a rapid manner. The direction of your movement should be opposite of the growth of your facial hair.
- Keep repeating the last step until you remove all unwanted hair from your face.
Adding fresh lemon juice to homemade sugar wax recipes is highly beneficial as it acts as a natural anti-microbial agent and fights against breakout-causing bacteria to prevent bumps. It also nourishes the facial skin deeply with its high vitamin C content.
Recipe 3: Sugar, Honey And Lemon Juice Wax
- Brown sugar / regular white sugar – 1 cup
- Raw honey – 2 tablespoons
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
- A microwave-safe bowl
- A spatula
- Some cloth strips
- Pour sugar, honey and lemon juice into the microwave-safe bowl and place it inside the oven.
- Heat the whole thing up for 2-3 minutes to achieve the perfect consistency of the wax.
- Remove the bowl from the microwave oven and allow it to cool down to some extent.
- Now, apply the warm wax to a small section of facial hair with the spatula.
- Place a cloth strip over it, press it firmly as well as smooth it out with your fingers and pull it off against the growth of your hair swiftly.
- Continue the process unless you get rid of all the unwanted hair.
Tip – If there is an inflammation or sunburn then don’t go for waxing as it can cause further irritation on the skin. Avoid areas where you have piercing, cuts or acne.
Tips To Remember
- The facial hair removal wax can also be prepared by using a stove or regular oven. But you will need a small regular bowl in such case.
- The heating part is quite tricky. Your wax must not be too soft or too hard. If you remove the bowl from the heat too early, the mixture will remain too soft and you will find it extremely sticky during waxing. Conversely, if you cook it for too long, it will become hard just like a candy.
- The cooling part is also very important as it will help you figure out the actual texture of the recently prepared wax and decide on whether it needs to be modified.
- Always make use of a spatula for the application of wax. Using fingers or knife is not at all recommended.
Post Waxing Care -Don’t apply any makeup or cosmetic items just after waxing. Clean the area with warm water (with a soft cloth or cotton) and apply a moisturiser gently. Stay away from any exfoliation treatment until your skin comes to normal condition.
Always apply an ice cube or some fresh aloe vera gel to the waxed areas right after the procedure. It will reduce sensitivity and soothe the skin to a great extent.
Hope you find these homemade sugar wax recipes for facial hair removal helpful.
Does face waxing cause sagging?
There is a common perception that waxing leads to skin sagging. The peeling process removes the dead skin, impurities and hair strands although it doesn’t affect the elasticity of the skin. Sagging happens due to the loss of fat or collagen. While waxing can cause skin irritation if you have sensitive skin, but it never causes sagging.
Recipe 4. Bonus Recipes
While the method of preparation remains the same, you can also go for following alternate options (easy and yet effective)
a. Lemon Juice, Grated Coconut and Honey
b. Sugar, Tomato Juice and Honey
c. Sugar, Corn Flour, Lemon and Honey
Facial hair in women is a common phenomenon often triggered by presence of male sex hormone, PCOS, menopause and pregnancy. It doesn’t require any medical attention until and unless you see a sudden spike of facial hair in a short period of time. Shaving, Tweezing, Waxing, Epilation, Threading, Laser hair removal, Depilatory creams are some of the tried and tested methods to get rid of excessive facial hair. Alternatively, you can try homemade natural sugar wax recipes which are simple, effective and budget friendly to replace conventional methods. With simple kitchen ingredients like sugar, honey and lemon, you can quickly prepare your own DIY solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it a good idea to wax your face?
Absolutely. There is no harm. While saving can cause your facial hair grow faster and thicker, waxing damages the hair follicle and reduces the future growth. If you are using our recommended homemade techniques, it’s not only economical but also harmless for sure.
How do you wax your upper lip at home?
Apply Lemon and Sugar scrub to get rid of upper lip hair. Make a semi liquid paste and apply it on affected areas for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Read this for more info – DIY home remedies to get rid of upper lip hair.
What are the side effects of waxing?
If you have a sensitive skin and allergic to some products, you might experience irritation, redness or rashes (5). Apply a moisturizer on the affected areas if problem persists.
How do you store sugar wax?
You can keep homemade sugar wax in an airtight container for 12-14 days. Heat it up in a microwave for 10-15 seconds or more till you get the desired consistency.
Can you use vinegar instead of lemon juice for sugar wax?
Any substance with citric properties can be used in lieu of lemon juice. Vinegar and lemon juice can be a good alternative.
Is sugaring less painful than waxing?
Yes, this is because unlike hot wax, sugar adheres to hair and not to skin. Hence sugaring is less painful compared to waxing.
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