Start by gathering two cups of sugar, a quarter of a cup of water, and a quarter of a cup of lemon juice (via Food.com) — though Rachael Gallo, the Director of Spa Initiative at Exhale Spa, cut this recipe in half for Byrdie. She also recommends using white sugar over brown sugar, as the latter hardens too quickly.
As Gallo advises, place the three ingredients in a medium-sized pan over heat, stirring them frequently until the mixture turns syrupy in consistency and starts to bubble. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer into a bowl. And to avoid a nasty burn, wait at least 30 minutes before placing your homemade concoction on your skin.
Sugar wax’s sweetness may be why many believe this type of waxing is less painful than regular waxing. “Sugaring does not stick to live skin cells — only to the hair and dead skin cells — which means less irritation and discomfort,” Alexandra Accardo, a licensed esthetician at Daphne Studio and Penelope & The Beauty Bar, explains to Byrdie. Accardo goes on to say the sugar wax is gentle enough that it can be done anywhere on the body. But if you’re new to this method of hair removal, try it out on your legs first before more sensitive areas, like your bikini line, to make sure your skin doesn’t have a negative reaction (per Pure Cake Face).