When I’m out in the garden all summer, the last thing I’m thinking is, “When did I last shave my legs?” I’m not quite as worried as I am during the school year when I’m in contact with people every day. I know it seems silly, but I just don’t have the time some days. I’ve waxed my legs before, and it does take a lot longer for the hair to grow back. And bonus – it’s finer and lighter in color when it comes back.
I think keeping up with the hair on your legs is one of the hardest parts of being a woman. Really, if guys don’t shave them, why do we? And I’ll admit, during the winter, I do let them go. Who’s going to see it? Then every spring I’m reminded why. It just gets harder to work with. Luckily, I work at a local agricultural college full of free spirits where such a thing is not only accepted, but embraced. Not everyone is so lucky. For those of you (and me in most cases!) who need to take care of such matters, here’s a simple leg wax recipe that won’t cost you a bunch and will leave your legs silky smooth.
All Natural Sugar Wax Recipe for Legs
Ingredients & Supplies
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh is best
- 1 cup raw sugar, such as turbinado (find it here)
- 2 Tablespoons water
- non-GMO cornstarch (find it here) or arrowroot powder (find it here)
- medium sized cooking pot
- stainless steel bowl
- several strips of cloth (about 6″ wide and 12″ long)
- Place lemon juice, sugar, and water in the pan on the stove. Heat slowly up to a slow boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until it becomes smooth and golden. This is about 260°F, but don’t worry too much about the temperature. Take it off the heat and transfer it to a stainless steel bowl. (Glass may crack at high temps and aluminum may react to the lemon juice.) Let it cool a bit – it will probably turn darker.
- While it’s cooling, wash your legs and exfoliate. You can use any of these natural exfoliants to get your legs really clean. Dry your legs and apply a thin layer of powder, like cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
- Take out some sugar mixture about the size of a ping pong ball. Knead it until it’s smooth. Spread it on your leg, moving in the direction of the hair. Always go with the hair growth, not against it.
- After it’s spread on your leg, take a cloth strip and press it onto the wax. (I have a bunch of flannel cloth strips I use for this. These will stick well and clean up easy. They can be used over and over for waxing.) You’ll want to wait until the wax has cooled to your body temperature. Then, grip the bottom edge of the strip and pull very quickly against the growth of the hair. Like a bandage, just rip it off–fast! If you hesitate, it will be more painful. You may not get all the hair the first time, so wait a few days before you do it again. You don’t want to irritate your skin too much.
- When you’re done, rinse off any remaining sugar mixture and moisturize. Try an oil such as jojoba or grapeseed to minimize redness. It will likely be sore the first time, but will get better as you do it more often.
A word of caution for other body parts
NOTE: Don’t try this on your underarms or bikini area. Your skin is too sensitive in these areas. Likewise for your upper lip or eyebrows. The wax used there is different.
Give this simple recipe a try for smooth, silky skin!
Be sure to share your experience in the comments below.