The sugar paste I use only contains sugar, water, and citric acid as a preservative. It’s completely edible and all natural. No petrochemicals or polymers. Sugar paste is only warmed to about body temperature, which results in no risk of burning and less swelling, since heat draws blood and fluid to the skin even if no burning occurs. Since sugar paste only contains sugar, water, and citric acid, it is water soluble. Less chance of contamination and bacteria cannot grow in a pot of sugar paste. Waxing breaks about one third, or 30%, of the hairs as they are removed. This means the hair breaks at or just below the skin’s surface instead of being removed at the root. This means you see some immediate regrowth. During sugaring, the sugar paste is applied to the skin against the direction of hair growth. This allows the sugar to penetrate the hair follicle and lubricate it. Then, the hair is removed in the direction of growth. This means little breakage occurs, leaving you smoother for longer.