Sugaring at home TikTok trend: Why you should NEVER sugar wax

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Sugaring was invented nearly 4,000 years ago, but the waxing method seems to be having a revival on TikTok. The hair removal method is supposed to be a less painful version of waxing using ingredients you already have at home, but intimate health expert Stephanie Taylor from Kegel8 has exposed sugaring as extremely dangerous. Here’s why you should NEVER sugar wax.

Sugar waxing – also known as sugaring – has been around since 1900BC, but Millennials and Gen Zers are only just discovering the hair removal method on TikTok.

Sugaring is when you use a gel made from sugar, lemon and hot water to pull hair out at the roots.

The method is supposed to be less painful than waxing with wax because sugar doesn’t stick to the skin.

The sugaring paste binds to the hair to pull it out of the root instead, which sounds like a dream for people with sensitive skin.

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A TikTok video posted on February 12, 2021, by @barbiannax claims “you need to stop shaving and start sugaring.”

The viral video, which racked up 5.3 million views in four days, claims that sugar waxing is superior to other hair removal methods because it is natural, exfoliates your skin, less painful, permanently reduces hair growth, water-soluble, lightens your underarms, and much more.

Other TikTokers are making similar claims, using two cups of white cane sugar, a quarter of a cup of lemon juice, and a quarter of a cup of water to make the waxing paste.

The videos show bloggers heating the ingredients in a saucepan on high heat, bringing it to a boil, and then turning it down and letting it simmer for 25 minutes.

The dark amber mixture is left to cool for 10 minutes and then poured into an air-tight container to be used.

You don’t need any wax strips for this hack, you just dust your skin with baby powder, apply the faux-wax and rip it off when it sets.

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Intimate health expert Stephanie Taylor has said this trend could be extremely dangerous and warns everyone against trying it at home.

She said: “’Sugaring’ is a natural alternative to waxing, and it has resurfaced in a big way on TikTok recently.

“Some women (and some men) have taken to waxing their legs and armpits using the sugaring technique, while others are trying it out on their pubic hair too.

“Sugaring can cause severe scolding to the sensitive skin in your intimate area if the temperature of the water is too hot when applied.

“This can leave you with painful burns, dangerous infections and irreversible scarring.”

Stephanie pointed out that sugaring is so dangerous that the method is used as a weapon in prisons, so it isn’t something you want to put your skin through.

She said: “Very worryingly, the recipe is very similar to a homemade substance often used by prison inmates as a weapon, known colloquially as napalm.

“The mixture sticks to the skin and intensifies burns, leaving people with horrific injuries.

“This lockdown, I’d recommend leaving intimate waxing to the experts or buying an at-home kit from a recognised brand which come with tried and tested instructions to keep you safe.”

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