Sugaring Aftercare: Legs & Arms
You did it! Now let’s recover. You just removed hair from the root which leaves your skin susceptible to irritation, so calm it down with the following:
For irritated skin, apply a cold compress on the sugared area.
I recommend ice wrapped in a washcloth to help remove any lingering residue.
Apply post sugaring Calming Serum.
This aloe-based serum helps to soothe and calm the skin.
Keep it bare.
Avoid moisturizing creams, perfumed bar soaps, and deodorants on the treated areas for 24 hours as they may leave a film on the skin that may cause ingrown hairs.
Do not use exfoliating products for at least 24 hours.
Scrubs, AHAs, and loofahs may irritate the skin.
BUT Exfoliate between sugaring sessions!!!
Exfoliation is the key to sugaring success. This is the best thing you can do to keep you skin soft, happy, and ingrown hair-free. SERIOUSLY! Sporadic exfoliation won’t cut it.
Exfoliating every two days will be your best defense against ingrown hair and prepare your skin for the next session.
Be extra careful around the sun for at least two days after sugaring.
Try to avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear sunscreen after the second day.
Some slight irritation
It’s normal for your skin to be irritated for up to 24 hours after sugaring. If you’re fair skinned, you’ll probably be a little red.
If you pulled too hard on your skin, you may have some bruising
Don't worry, this is really common when first learning the technique. Bruising normally happens if you didn't pull taut enough or you were trying to pull the paste off multiple times without success. Next time, if the paste gets too sticky to pull off with your hands or applicator, use your cloth strips to remove it.
Pinpoint bleeding is totally normal especially when there is a lot of protein in the hair follicle. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the blood. It should be gone by the end of your session.
A few leftover hairs
Especially on your first try. The more you sugar, the better your technique will become. With experience, you’ll find yourself making cleaner pulls. Keep at it!
Occasionally, typically following the first & second treatments, small red or white bumps
This is a normal histamine reaction when hairs are removed by the root. This is simply your body’s natural, protective response to the newly opened follicles. Do NOT squeeze these bumps. These should last only 1-2 hours.
Results the first time you sugar should last up to four weeks depending on how fast your hair grows. Even after the first sugaring, you should see a noticeable difference in the new growth: ie thinner, finer, sparser.
Tips & Troubleshooting
How to get unstuck
I think my paste is too sticky?
Stubborn hairs lefts behind