Laser Hair Removal Do’s and Don’ts

Laser Hair Removal Do’s and Don’ts

Whether you’ve recently started your laser hair removal journey, or if it’s something you are about to embark on, it’s always useful to learn a little bit more about how you can get the most from your course of treatment.

Here are our do’s and don’ts to help you get the best experience possible from your laser hair removal journey.

Protect yourself from the sun
For the treatment to work effectively, it’s best not to expose the skin to the sun before and after treatments to avoid sensitivity or sun damage. If you have to be exposed to the sun before your treatments always cover up the area being treated and if that’s not possible, wear SPF 50.

During your laser hair removal treatment the light from the laser is attracted to the dark pigment in the hair follicle, but if the skin on the area being treated is tanned, discoloration or pigmentation may occur as the laser will also be attracted to the dark pigment in the skin. Because the colour of the skin is closer to the colour of the pigment in the hair, the laser’s settings cannot be set as strong, making it less targeted, meaning the treatment will be less effective.

Soothe and refresh your skin
Skin feeling a little hot and bothered after a laser hair removal treatment? That’s perfectly normal. Use a natural soothing product like Aloe Vera to calm and refresh the treated area a few times for a number of days after your treatment. This will allow your skin to nurture and will also help control any inflammation that may take place after a treatment.

Stay away from waxing
Getting restless between treatments? Hang on in there for a little longer, by this stage you should be seeing a real difference in your hair growth. Shaving is fine between treatments but try to stay away from waxing or plucking as these both completely remove the hair from the follicle, and for the laser to work there needs to be a hair present in the follicle. If you have waxed or plucked the treatment area you will need to wait 6-8 weeks for follicles to produce a new hair, so in fact you will be prolonging your treatments!

Avoid tanning products
It is also important that you do not wear fake tan on the area being treated. If you arrive to your appointment wearing fake tan, unfortunately your therapist will not be able to treat you, so ditch that tan at least 10 days before your treatment!

And finally …
Before or after your treatment it is recommended that you avoid hot showers, baths, saunas, or swimming. Try to wear loose, cotton clothing to your appointment and in the hours or days just after a treatment go easy on perfumed products or creams for this short period. Trust us, it will be worth it in the long run!

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