4 Steps to Get the Skin Ready for a Sugaring Treatment
May 03, 2017Are you thinking of adding sugaring treatments to your spa or beauty business? Great initiative! Sugaring might be one of the most ancient methods of hair removal and is also a contemporary trend among clients who look for more natural and harmless alternatives to leave their bodies fuzz-free. No wonder why more and more hair removal products for sugaring are constantly being launched in the current beauty market.
Sugaring makes for a natural and safe hair removal alternative to traditional treatments like laser, soft waxes, or depilation creams. In case you didn't know, people also call it Persian Waxing due to its origins in western Asia around 1900 BC. It's a process not too different from standard waxing; they both consist of a paste that is applied to the skin to pull out unwanted hair. However, they are made from different ingredients, so preparing the skin for sugaring varies a little from waxing's usual pre-treatment care.
Prepping the skin before a sugaring session is just as important as the treatment itself. If the proper precautions are not taken, the skin may suffer from infections, red bumps, ingrown hairs, dry skin, and many other unpleasant consequences. Before you start sugaring your clients, read and keep in mind these four essential steps you need to follow before a sugaring session:
- Step 1: Exfoliation The first step to an excellent and effective sugaring treatment relies on the client—it's his or her homework to exfoliate properly before the appointment. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and cleans the skin, guaranteeing that the sugar paste will pull out the hairs without getting contaminated with dead skin cells. Advise your customers to use body scrubs, loofas, or exfoliating gloves in the shower to gently remove the outermost layers of dead skin cells from the body. Removing dead skin makes it easier for the paste to grab the hair.
- Step 2: Check the hair length In sugaring, just like waxing or any other method of hair removal, hairs need to be a certain length for the paste to be able to grab them and pull them out. Before treating a client, check if the hairs are the appropriate length for sugaring. One of the advantages of sugaring is that the hair does not need to be that long to be removed. In general, waxing requires the hair to be at least 1/4-inch long, while sugar paste can remove hair as short as 1/16-inch—almost five times shorter. Professionals feel more comfortable sugaring short hair instead of waxing it to prevent extra irritation; sugaring won't grab the skin even if it doesn't grab enough hair when applied.
- Step 3: Cleansing Once you have checked that the hairs are the proper length to continue with the session, it's time to perform a deep cleaning on the skin. Sugaring (and any other hair removal method for that matter) on dirty skin can lead to infections, ingrown hairs, and other uncomfortable side effects no client wants to encounter after a treatment at a professional spa. Hopefully, your guests will arrive to the appointment as clean as possible—you don't want a client to arrive sweaty after the gym. In any case, cleanse the area before the session; there are a lot of pre-hair removal products perfect for this task.
- Step 4: Powder the skin Since sugar paste is made of water, it softens on moist skin. The body needs to be dry so the treatment can be performed properly and effectively. Apply baby powder or a powder specifically made to absorb moisture to ensure the skin is dry enough to apply the paste. On the bright side, cleansing the skin after the procedure is extremely easy thanks to sugaring paste's water- and sugar-based composition—the remains of the paste can be washed off with just water, the use of oils or lotions is not necessary like in other methods such as strip-waxing.
Before you ask, yes, sugaring is also a great method for exfoliation too, and surely your clients will notice how smooth their skin feels after the treatment. However, you must remind them that for a better outcome, they should take time the day before the appointment to exfoliate… their bodies will thank them!
Are you a licensed esthetician and looking for a professional sugaring paste for your spa? At Beauty Image, we have the best option for you—our Sugar Professional Forte. This sugaring paste is made mostly of water and sugar and can be applied with the hands. It is designed to remove hair shorter than 3 mm and without any extra pain because it does not stick to the skin. To learn more about our sugaring paste or other hair removal products and accessories, call us at TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out this contact form. We will be happy to answer all your questions. You can order any of our products through this site, check our tutorials to learn how. To keep up to date with our promotions, find us on Facebook at Beauty Image USA, follow us on Twitter @BeautyImageUSA and Instagram @Beautyimageusa.