Have you ever wondered what is in store bought wax, hair removal creams or shavers?
We have so many options for hair removal these days, some which you may not know about contain a bunch of nasty ingredients.
- Waxes used at most salons contain Phthalates. These phthalates are often from synthetic fragrances and BENZYL SALICYLATE, a known human immune system toxicant or allergen. There are options at the supermarkets for sugar wax but these still contain synthetic hormone disrupting fragrances.
- Laser hair removal has small amounts of radiation each time you do it, and you need to do it at least 2-3 times minimum.
- Here is something I never knew: You know that little coloured gel strip on the end of razors? Well these contain an enormous number of ingredients. Some of these ingredients should not be going on damaged/broken skin (which happens when shaving).Check these out, they are from a commonly bought women’s razor. Sodium Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Water/Eau, Sorbitol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Petrolatum, Polybutene, Sodium Myristate, Lauric Acid, PEG-90M, PEG-45M, Garcinia Indica Seed Butter, Fragrance/Parfum, PEG-7M, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Red 4, Yellow 10. Can you believe that all these chemicals are in just one razor! I wont go into the details of the ingredients, but you may notice all the PEG’s. These are different components of POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, with evidence linking them to environmental and human toxicity.
All these options are full of chemicals including petrochemicals and ingredients which are known hazards to ourselves and to our environment. Opting for a more natural approach is a great idea for your skin and your body.
Here is my NATURAL chemical free method to remove your unwanted hair more easily and much more cheaply than any of those other options.
This method is so simple, completely natural, cheap to make and only contains 3 ingredients!
1 cups Sugar
1/4 Cup water
1/4 Cup Lemon juice (Try and use a real lemon, bottled lemon may not contain just lemon)
Check out the video for how to make your DIY wax, but keep reading for a full break down
Step one: Add all the ingredients into a saucepan. Be sure to measure the lemon correctly as lemon is a very important ingredient, without it, it won’t stick to the cloth strips properly to pull out the hair.
Step two: Place the mixture on a medium heat. Let it boil away, until it is the colour of honey (This must also be done precisely, as too long it wont stick to the cloth and will turn into a sugar wax not a cloth strip sugar wax).
Step three: Once the colour has changed let it cool in the pot for 10 minuets. Transfer to a heat resistant/proof jar or container of choice.
Now for the hair removal
There are two methods to sugar waxing, one is with strips, one without. I much prefer strips, as its easier to handle in my opinion.
Strips of thick cotton fabric work best. Cut to about 25cm long and 7cm wide.
It is very important to make sure the wax has cooled enough before use as it can burn the skin. It gets very hot when making it in the pot!
Using a wooden Popsicle stick or butter knife, scrape a thin (if it’s too thick it won’t work well I’ve found, see pic above for an idea of how thin) line downwards on your leg. Make sure it is just enough to cover your cotton strips- too big a scrape and you will get sticky hands. Place the cloth over your wax strip. Rub to create some friction/heat. Pull your skin tight and pull off the strip in a quick motion up in towards the leg, staying as close to your leg as possible. You can keep using the same strip until it is full. I use it 3-4 times before going to the next strip.
I like to use a massage oil or body oil on my legs after waxing. This is something I learnt from my old beautician before I started doing it myself.
Using a mineral oil FREE body/massage oil will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
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To clean up, I soak the strips in hot water in the sink. The wax all dissolves after soaking for 20 min- all they need then, is a rinse and to be hung up to dry for next time.
If you have leftover wax in the jar, store upright in a cool place with a lid. To reheat next time, place the jar in a bath of water in a pot and boil until it’s soft. Takes only a couple of mins. The wax can be stored for a very long time because of the high sugar content.