SUGARED + BRONZED was founded on the concept that hair removal and spray tanning shouldn’t be services found at the bottom of a long spa menu, done in the back of a salon, performed by a “specialist” who is expected to specialize in a laundry list of beauty treatments. We pride ourselves on the fact that we only focus on sugaring and airbrush tanning, all day everyday! Our estheticians and technicians are all trained in house to ensure you leave with smooth skin and a flawless tan, no matter the location, sugarista, or sprayer you visit.
Sugaring is a form of hair removal that dates back to ancient Egypt. The hair is extracted with a sugar paste (hence the name) that consists of just sugar, lemon, and water. Unlike waxing, the esthetician applies the sugar against the natural direction of the hair growth and then uses a gentle flicking motion to remove the paste, and the hair. It is often found to be more gentle, less irritating, and longer lasting than waxing.
Airbrush tanning is a spray tan done by a technician (as opposed to a machine). The active ingredient in the solution is DHA (dihydroxyacetone) which is a simple carbohydrate that can be found in sugar beets and sugar cane. When DHA comes in contact with dead skin cells (the outermost layer of skin) it interacts with the amino acids (proteins), causing a browning effect, much like an apple does when exposed to the air. In comparison, a tan from the sun or tanning beds occurs when UV rays penetrate the lower layers of the epidermis, aka live skin cells. Although a tan from UV rays may last longer than a spray tan, the health risks associated far outweigh the one and only upside.