Sweet Hair Removal

Have fun stripping unwanted body hair with the ancient tradition of sugaring.

Sweet Hair Removal
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Getting rid of unwanted body hair can be expensive and time-consuming. This summer, try a sweeter tactic—body sugaring. An ancient, all-natural hair-removal process, sugaring can be done at home with ingredients from your kitchen.

This recipe from Asma Khanani, body sugaring expert and owner of the Sugar Sugar Body Sugaring Studio in Toronto, combines sugar, lemon juice, and water, and works for even the most sensitive skin.

You will need:
1 cup water
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup raw sugar
large saucepan
small spatula or tongue depressor
several strips of clean, sturdy cotton cloth

Heat water, lemon juice, and sugar on low heat in large saucepan, stirring until sugar melts and mixture starts to thicken to tacky consistency. Remove from heat. (Avoid overheating or it will crystallize.) Let mixture cool to slightly above body temperature (warm to the touch, but not hot). It should be thick and gooey, but not so thick that it can't spread easily and thinly. Apply small amount to clean, dry skin with spatula or tongue depressor. Press clean strip of cotton cloth onto sugared area and pull off gently in direction of hair growth. Continue process and reheat sugar mix as needed. Store leftovers in an airtight plastic container at room temperature. Simply reheat to use again (it will keep for several months).