Forget Waxing, Try Sugaring | Clozette

When we think of hair removal, it’s usually one of these three removal methods: shaving, waxing, or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). But did you know that there is an alternative method that is gentler and kinder to our skin? It’s called sugaring, and yes – you can eat it.


“I lived in the US for about three and a half years. I used to go for a Brazilian wax every month, but I hated waxing. I hated the heat and it was painful,” said Jasmine Yong, founder of Sugar(ed). “Seattle is a very eco-friendly city, so sugaring is pretty popular there. I had the most painless Brazilian I ever felt [through sugaring]. Having it a lot less painful sold me. Plus, it’s all-natural.”


Jasmine Yong, Founder of Sugar(ed)

Sugaring isn’t new. In fact, this hair removal technique dates back to 1900 BC, when it was a form of beauty indulgence for young Egyptians. 100% natural and water-soluble sugar paste is applied to the skin at room temperature and removed in the natural direction of hair growth. The result? Reduced breakage, lesser ingrown hair, and of course, no more scalding risks from waxing.

Today, sugaring is still very popular in Russia and Eastern Europe, and with Sugar(ed) being the first – and currently, the only – body-sugaring studio in Singapore, we say it’s time we beauty aficionados get schooled before it starts gaining traction around here. If you’ve never heard of sugaring before, we booked an appointment with Yong and got the lowdown on this hair removal technique for you!

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Sugar(ed) flagship store

Sugaring is all-natural, chemical-free & eco-friendly

“[100% natural] sugar is water-soluble. It doesn’t leave any carbon footprints. It’s eco-friendly. Even if it gets onto your hair or any part of the room, I can [simply] wipe it off with water,” said Yong.

Being 100% natural and chemical-free also means that people with sensitive skin or skin irritation can benefit from sugaring too. “Sugaring is a lot more sanitary. [The] sugar paste is made of sugar, water and lemon. When there is high concentration of sugar, bacteria don’t breed. People used to use sugar to heal wounds because it has anti-bacterial properties.”

Sugaring is said to be gentler and less painful than waxing

Because sugar grips onto hair effectively rather than adhering to the skin like wax, sugaring ensures as little discomfort as possible during the removal process. The sugar paste is also used at room temperature, so you don’t have to worry about getting burnt. “We have a lot of converts. People who wax actually think that sugaring is a lot less harsh to the skin.”


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Sugarist molding the sugar paste

There are different types of sugar paste

Fun fact: they are all edible and taste like Ding Ding Candy, a type of Chinese traditional hard maltose candy.

“There are five types of sugar paste. [At Sugar(ed),] we only use three: soft, medium, and hard. The hard one is more for very humid environments. For hard sugar, we use it for smaller areas like the underarms. For legs, we use LK (Lina Kennedy), which is the softest. When you do legs, you want to go fast.

The consistency of the sugar changes when the room temperature, your body temperature and your sugarist’s body temperature. Sugaring is quite tedious. It’s not like waxing when you wait for the wax to dry before removing. We really massage it to the skin, let it seep into the follicle, and we remove it. There is a technique to it.”


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Fully equipped Sugaring treatment rooms at Sugar(ed)

Sugaring can lead to permanency

“To reach permanency, you need to do sugaring regularly. We generally recommend you to do sugaring every four to five weeks.

Your hair grows in three different stages. Not all your hair is going to grow at the same time. When your hair is growing, your hair is still attached to a blood vessel that’s feeding it. When you detach it from the blood vessel, you cut off its oxygen supply. When you do that, the follicle wall depletes. Hopefully it closes, and no hair will grow out later.”

In addition, as hair is removed in the direction of growth (unlike waxing, which removes hair in the opposite direction), the possibility of ingrown hair is also lessened.


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Alexandria Professional Full Circle Travel Kit retailing exclusively at Sugar(ed)

A little skin conditioning goes a long way

No matter how good a procedure is, it’s still important to take care of your skin. Sugar(ed) recommends a full circle of skin conditioning: sugaring, exfoliating, detoxing (by using a mud to purge out any ingrown hair), and moisturising. “We recommend customers not to do vigorous exercise for 24 hours post-sugaring.”

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Sugar(ed) is located at 733, Bukit Timah Road, Second Avenue Junction, #02-02, Singapore 269748.

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(cover photo from LUMINNEJ)


Dry skin, much like oily skin, is hard to combat. Since your complexion barely produces any oil, you’re prone to dry patches of skin that often flake off. While dry patches are easy to control with the right cocktail of skincare products, it’s a different story when foundation and makeup is involved.

These dry patches of skin are often ‘raised,’ so when foundation is applied, it catches it and emphasises them even more. But, our dear dry-skinned ladies, you don’t have to worry about that anymore!

Ahead we listed our favourite makeup hacks that will let your foundation effortlessly glide over any dry patch for a smooth and flawless finish.

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Exfoliate beforehand


(photo from cassansaurusanaesi)

To get rid of most of your dry, flaky skin, the best thing to do before makeup application is exfoliating. Use a gentle exfoliating mask because not only will this get rid of any blocked pores, but the buffing motions will also remove your dead skin cells and refine your skin’s texture!

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Add a little bit of face oil


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Now that you’re done exfoliating, applying your moisturiser and sunscreen, you can proceed to foundation! To avoid tugging on your skin, add a drop of your favourite face oil, or primer oil, to your base makeup. This will loosen up the texture, without sacrificing pigmentation, to make blending easier and faster.


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Use stippling or patting motions


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Whether you’re using a brush or a sponge or even your fingers, always pat or stipple your foundation in. If you use circular motions to apply your makeup, it will catch all the dry patches you have; while if you pat or stipple it onto your complexion, it won’t disrupt them and will evenly cover them. Patting or stippling motions may take more time, but the end result is well worth it!


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Apply foundation downwards


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With that in mind, always remember to apply your foundation downwards. Doing this will ensure that any dry flakes of skin that are raised will be flattened and covered, so when you have your foundation on, it looks like an even canvas. 

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Excited to try out these foundation hacks? If you have any more, share them with us in the comment section below!

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Our skin goes through the same fatigue our body experiences daily, making the signs of dull and tired looking skin is almost inevitable. And with the holidays coming, gatherings with friends and family are much less exciting if you don't feel confident and happy with your own skin (figuratively and literally).

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The Vichy Puréte Thermal Volcanic Masks Collection is available in all leading pharmacies in Singapore for SGD $39 each. 

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