If you’ve ever gone shopping for a waxing kit, you know systems can run to $50 or more. In addition, the additives and disposable application strips included with most waxing products are made of artificial products. So, it’s only “natural” to wonder whether you can create a home waxing kit yourself. Fortunately, the answer is yes. In fact, not only is a DIY waxing kit easy, it also gives you the fun of playing mad scientist and home beautician!
How to Make a Do It Yourself Waxing Kit
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
Different formulas exist for creating even a basic sugar wax recipe. But, one classic is a combination of brown sugar, honey, water, and lemon juice.
Sugar and water combine to create the wax-like coating. If possible, choose brown sugar over white granulated sugar for your exfoliating ingredient. The brown type — which is simply white sugar with molasses added — boasts more skin benefits than the white kind. The blend that results in brown sugar makes it more of a humectant. That allows the sugary wax to wick moisture from the air and “trap” it into your skin.
Brown sugar also provides an alpha-hydroxy acid, which is an additional benefit. Alpha-hydroxy acid helps reveal younger, newer skin cells while getting rid of duller, older ones. Of course, the texture of either white or brown sugar provides exfoliating properties.
Honey adds to the sticky quality of the hot wax. It also creates elasticity, making it easier to use. Like brown sugar, honey also provides a natural moisturizing benefit. In addition, honey has antibacterial properties. This benefit helps remove impurities like acne and dirt from your skin while ensuring any skin tearing from hair removal doesn’t become infected.
Lemon juice provides the ingredient necessary for helping the main ingredients adhere to one another and form a wax-like paste, without getting crystalline and clumpy.
Step 2: Prepare the Wax
The amount you make demands on whether you’re working on your face or on larger body areas. In general, the proportions are about 5 parts sugar to 1 part water, plus a small amount of lemon juice and honey. Using 1 to 2 cups of sugar is about right for doing the legs, and you can add the juice of half a lemon to that large proportion (less if you have sensitive skin).
Start by adding the sugar to a saucepan that’s been placed over medium-low heat. Add the water and lemon juice, stirring vigorously. Bring it to a boil for about 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Add in a drizzle of honey, and stir to combine. Let it come to room temperature.
Step 3: Use the Wax
It’s fine to apply the room-temperature sugar wax with your hands. But, it will be less messy to use a clean popsicle-style stick or a thin plastic spatula. Apply it to your clean, powdered down skin.
Smooth down the pliable wax in the opposite direction where the hair’s growing. If you like, you can place clean cloth strips over the wax, but it’s not necessary.
Let the wax harden. Hold down the surrounding skin with one hand to flatten the area. Then use your other hand to remove the wax in the direction of hair growth. The hair will come off with the wax. Continue with your mixture until you’ve removed all the hair you wish to.
After you’re done, rinse off any remaining wax residue, and apply body lotion.
Step 4: Alternative Ingredients
White sugar works just as well as brown for your DIY waxing kit for basic hair removal. It may not be as moisturizing as brown sugar, but you’ll probably use a body lotion after you wax anyway.
There may be times when you don’t have the basic ingredients on hand to create the exact provided recipe for a home waxing kit. Or, you may find lemon juice too harsh. In that case, another acidic ingredient to try is vinegar. Use about the same amount of white or apple cider vinegar as you will with lemon juice. To offset the vinegar smell, you can add a gentle essential oil such as lavender oil.
If you like, you can also use guar gum instead of honey or omit either ingredient altogether. A basic sugar wax might not be as easy to work with as one created with guar gum or honey, but it’ll still get the job done.
If you need more detailed instructions on making your home waxing kit, watch the video below:
It might sound almost too simple, but it’s true: a DIY home waxing kit is simple, affordable, and good for both your skin and the environment! All you have to do now is follow the steps above and practice waxing yourself.
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