Benefits of Sugaring vs. Waxing for hair removal

Sugaring and waxing are both popular hair removal procedures. But you may be wondering which is the best option? This post will share with you the differences between the two methods as well as the benefits of sugaring vs. waxing for hair removal.

The Benefits of Sugaring vs. Waxing

What is Sugaring?

Sugaring paste is simply made out of sugar, water, & lemon juice. It’s even edible!
Wax has many chemical ingredients, mostly resins & preservatives.

Sugaring paste is applied at body temperature & will not burn your skin.
Hot wax must be heated to a high degree in order to become liquified. The heat causes swelling in the tissues which makes hair difficult to remove. Using this amount of heat has the potential to cause burning & scarring.

Sugar paste can be cleaned up easily with water. You will never leave a Sugaring treatment feeling sticky.Since wax contains resins, chemical solvents are required to remove it’s residues.

Sugar cannot adhere to live skin cells. Live skin cells are wet & because Sugar Paste is water soluble, it will not adhere to live skin cells. This means less discomfort for you & less trauma to your skin. Sugaring does remove dead skin cells – so as the hair is removed your skin is also getting exfoliated! It is gentle enough to go over the same area several times to extract stubborn hairs without causing skin damage or irritation. No tweezers needed.
Wax has been known to remove more than just the hair, since it can adhere directly to live skin cells, which makes waxing more painful & irritating. Wax cannot be applied to an area more than twice at the most. Tweezers are commonly used to get the leftover hairs the wax missed.

A single glob of Sugar Paste can be used over & over on different parts of your body then discarded after your treatment. It is never used on any other person. When using a hot wax pot, the practitioner must use a clean & unused stick each time to dip into the wax for each strip applied. This creates more waste and more chance for contamination.

Sugaring Paste is hypoallergenic & non-comedogenic. Sugar naturally helps control cross contamination & bacteria cannot breed in the tub of sugar. Cross contamination in a waxing room is always a danger, especially since bacteria will breed inside a tub of wax.

Using the Sugaring Technique the paste wraps around the hair making it pliable, while seeping into the hair follicle lubricating the hair to make the extraction more complete & gentle. The hair is removed out of the follicle only in the natural direction of growth, which helps to extract the hair intact.

Pros and Cons of Sugaring

Pros:

  • Helps reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.
  • Gently exfoliates while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture.
  • Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive.
  • Sugar paste is all-natural and hypoallergenic.
  • Results last up to 6 weeks and if performed regularly, can lead to permanency.
  • Hair only needs to be 1/8th inch long to be sugared.
  • You can eat it!
  • The mixture is water-soluble, so it washes off with water if any residue is left behind.
  • Sugaring is eco-friendly and cost efficient. It requires no strips, popsicles sticks for applying or any other waste that is necessary for conventional waxing procedures.

Cons:

  • Time consuming to hand make the sugar solution (there are several sugaring companies that distribute an already-made product to licensed beauty practitioners for more convenience)
  • If technique is performed poorly, hair breakage and irritation to the skin is possible
    Can be messy or complicated for the sugarer if you are accustomed to strip or hard wax techniques

The Benefits of Sugaring vs. Waxing

Sugaring and waxing are very different. As we said earlier, the sugaring paste is applied in the opposite direction of the hair growth and removed with it, whereas waxing is applied with the direction of the hair and removed against it. Traditional waxing uses either muslin strips or hardens on the skin before removing it.

Wax removal can often be harsh and result in hair breakage. When the hair breaks under the skin’s surface, the hair that grows in thereafter gets trapped, causing an ingrown. We all know how incredibly painful ingrown hairs can be, not to mention difficult to extract and heal, especially in the bikini area—ouch!

Another major difference between body sugaring and waxing is that the sugar only adheres to the hair follicle and never to live skin cells. Commonly used wax substances, because they contain resins, stick to live skin cells, causing not only pain with removal, but can lift the live skin! This results in a burn, usually scabbing over—definitely not a pretty result! The sugar paste on the other hand, never adheres to live skin, but only to dead skin cells. The mixture permeates deep into the hair follicle, effectively removing the hair and the inner root sheath (the white, waxy bulb you find at the end of your hair shaft). This removal is also a gentle, yet effective exfoliating treatment that leaves your skin silky, sweet and smooth after the process. This makes sugaring our most preferred method, because it is excellent for sensitive skin types.

One of the most common problems waxers face is early regrowth due to broken hairs. Waxing can leave 15% – 30% breakage behind. This problem is usually caused not by the esthetician, but by the wax used. Since wax hardens on the hair, it has the tendency to break it off at the surface, rather than pull it out.

The Sugaring Technique requires only about 1/16 inch of hair for successful extraction, about the size of a grain of rice (1/8 inch tends to be optimal). Wax products require that you grow the hair out at least 1/4 inch before your next waxing appointment.

After a number of Sugaring treatments the hair follicle begins to deplete. The hair grows in more refined each time. Because Sugar can extract such short hair, it is possible to extract the hair in the early growth phase, which can lead to permanency. You will see superior results in just a few treatments.

 

My Experience

I have been sugaring for quite awhile and I just have to say that I love it and notice that it’s way less harsh on my skin than waxing was. I have never tried to make my own sugar or tried to do it myself. I am a big DIY girl, but when it comes to this, I would rather just save my sanity and indulge in a professional. To me, it’s way more worth it. If you are in the San Diego area and interested in trying Sugaring you have to checkout my cousin Janee at Love Sugaring San Diego. She is so awesome at what she does and in my opinion she is the BEST! Book an appointment with her and tell her Yogi Mami sent you!

How the Moon Phases Affect the Woman’s Body

Did you know that the moon phases affect us emotionally, mentally and physically? From tides to different moods, the moon is believed to cause a number of things. This post will share with you how the moon phases affect the woman’s body.

How the Moon Phases Affect the Woman’s Body

Moon Phases and Menstrual Cycles

While most assumptions on how the lunar cycle affects menstruation are speculation, there have been several studies performed to try to find a correlation between the two.

In the 1980s, Winnifred B. Cutler published a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology that studied 312 university women who were menstruating. The study found that 40 percent of participants had the onset of menstruation within two weeks of the full moon, which means they were ovulating during the “dark phase,” or second half of the moon cycle also known as the new moon, when the moon isn’t visible from earth. The study showed that 69 women had a menstrual cycle of about 29.5 days, the same length as the lunar cycle. Dr. Christian Northrup, an OB/GYN, says the phrase “moon time” was used for ages as a euphemism for menstruation, and when women lived together in clans, their menstrual cycles lined up with each other and the moon cycles.

Women have been looking to the sky for cues about their fertility for hundreds of thousands of years, and it’s even believed that the first calendars were created as a result of charting ovulation and menstruation. Since the lunar cycle lasts 29.8 days, it made sense that it would align almost perfectly with women’s menstrual cycles. By tracking your period and your body’s changes throughout the month, you’ll gain a better idea of when to expect your period, and have a clearer understanding of your body’s unique rhythms. It’s simple, just jot down your cycle—when you’re bleeding, when you experience PMS or PMDD symptoms, and then again about 14 days later when you are ovulating—in a good old fashioned journal, calendar, or agenda book. Many online calendars and agendas will already have icons for lunar phases, or you can checkout My Moontime, an excellent smartphone app for tracking your cycle and the moon.

After keeping track of your body’s cycles for a few months, you’ll know whether you tend to menstruate around the new moon—the beginning of the lunar cycle—or the full moon, which is the end of the month’s lunar cycle, or the waxing and waning periods in between. Some believe that periods should align with the new moon, since the dark-moon phase is so closely associated with rest and withdrawal for self-care. However, everyone is unique and there’s no “correct” moon phase to menstruate with.

According to Miranda Grey, author of Red Moon—Understanding and Using the Creative, Sexual and Spiritual Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle, there are two traditional menstruation patterns; “White Moon” bleeding, or menstruating with the new moon and ovulating with the full moon, and “Red Moon” menstruation, which is bleeding with the full moon and becoming fertile with the new moon. Your period will attune to both cycles over the course of your life, but to me it is so fascinating to note what’s going on in your life energetically as your body cycles.

White Moon: If your body follows a White Moon cycle, you’ll tend to bleed during the new or waning moon. Since biodynamics have shown that the earth is most fertile during full moons (when you ovulate), this cycle is most traditionally linked to fertility and motherhood. If you are a “White Moon” woman, you’ll likely feel a surge in your intuition during your period, and will feel the urge to withdraw for nourishment and self-renewal. In other words, you’re tapped out energetically and now it’s time for self-care and “you” time.

Red Moon: This cycle follows the full moon, meaning that your body bleeds during the waxing or full moon and is most fertile during the new or waning moon. Because full and waxing moon phase energies are outgoing, vibrant, and creative, some feel this is counterintuitive to menstruation. This is not the case,In ancient times, the Red Moon cycle was associated with shamanism, high priestesses, and healers. Women who tend to menstruate with the full moon are said to focus their “darker” and more creative menstrual energies outward, rather than inward, in order to nourish and teach others from their own experience. Many times, women with this cycle will be more focused on self-growth, development, mentorship, and creativity.

Moon Phases and Childbirth

The moon’s influence is what is known as the lunar effect. It has long been believed if a woman is full term around the time the moon is full, its gravitational pull can influence when she will go into labor. Just as the moon’s pull affects the waters on earth, it is believed to affect the amniotic fluid in a pregnant woman’s womb. If the amniotic sack is under pressure, it can rupture and contractions might begin. Many midwives, doulas and birth professionals will attest there is an increase in the number of births during the full moon. There are many stories about maternity wards overflowing with laboring women during the full moon phase, but so far there is no scientific evidence to support this phenomenon of the Full Moon causing childbirth. However, recent research found that cow births increase depending on the moon phase. While this doesn’t prove the same for humans the result findings should eventually lead to discoveries that can be generalized to human births.

My Experience

I have been tracking my cycle for the last couple years and have learned so much about myself. I know where I am in my cycle based on the moon phases. I have also learned how the different moon cycles affect me emotionally, mentally and physically. I think it both fascinating and insightful how our body responds to the natural rhythms and can teach us so much about ourselves.

 

 

The 3 Biggest Factors Causing Health Problems Today

When it comes to our health and well-being there are 3 biggest factors causing health problems and overall disease. Many wellness professionals would agree that these three things are important to both our physical and emotional well-being. By focusing on these three factors you can have a better chance of living happy and healthy.

3 Biggest Factors Causing Health Problems

  1. Diet & Nutrition – What we eat has such an impact on our overall health and well-being, both mentally and physically. We have become so disconnected with our food source with numerous amounts of processed foods available that many people turn to out of convenience. This has  major impact on how our body functions.
  2. Toxin Overload – We are bombarded with toxins on a daily basis. From our air, water, food and many of the products we have in our households and consider safe. This chemical overload put stress on our system and research is showing that it can be responsible for many health problems.
  3. Stress – Emotional and mental stress can be detrimental to how we function and can even manifest itself into physical pain. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.

 

Here’s how you can make a change to improve your overall health and well-being…..

First off, the key is to say “YES” to making your health and wellness a priority! If you invest in a nice house, nice car, furniture, clothes, etc. Why wouldn’t you invest in yourself, your most precious possession. After all, we only have one body so we might as well take care of it! One common misconception is that it takes a lot of time and money to be healthy. I’m here to show you how you can live happier and healthier without breaking the bank or spending all your precious time.

As a busy wife and mom I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be on a budget and trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I spent years of taking small baby-steps towards a more proactive approach to wellness. Please don’t feel like you need to do everything at once. It will leave you feeling stressed and discouraged and will essentially leave you feeling the opposite of happy and healthy. Here are some of my resources for combating the problems listed above and easy tips and tricks that can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.

 

Eat Healthy and Mindfully:

3 Problems with Eating Healthy

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Tips to Save Money While Eating Healthy

 

Reduce Toxin Exposure:

Everyday Toxins to Avoid for Healthy Living

5 Toxin Sources Poisoning Women

6 Easy and Natural Detox Boosters

 

Promote Healthy Mind Body Connection:

3 Tips for Beginning a Regular Meditation Practice

10 Ways to Increase Mindfulness

Meditation to Live Happier & Healthier

How to Raise Vibration Naturally