If you’re looking for a more permanent method of hair removal, you may have been considering laser treatment. That said, it’s much different than shaving or using other techniques to get rid of unwanted hair. Being prepared for your treatment is important. To help you get ready we’ve put together this list of five must know hair removal facts when using a laser.
Avoiding The Sun
Typically you’ll need to avoid too much sun both before and after laser hair treatment. You’ll need at least a week’s worth of reduced sun exposure before the treatment and about two weeks after the fact. Your practitioner will let you know the ideal amount of time necessary for your skin type. Sun tanning before laser hair removal can make your skin super sensitive to the procedure and could lead to burning or scars. Exposure to the sun afterwards can lead to quick sunburns or hyperpigmentation. If you need to be in the sun, use sunscreen before and after treatments.
You need to remove as much excess hair as possible before your session and the best way to do this is to shave. This should be done within 24 hours of the laser treatment. It’s better to use a razor rather than an electric shaver, waxing or plucking. The area also needs to be free of lotions, makeup and other skin products before treatment.
Avoiding Gyms, Saunas And Hot Tubs For 24 Hours
After your treatment you’ll have to give up going to the gym or spending time in a sauna or hot tub for 24 hours. In fact, all warm, moist environments should be avoided immediately after treatment. This will help ensure harmful bacteria aren’t given a place to multiply while your skin is still sensitive.
Laser Hair Removal Works For All Skin Tones
There was a time that laser hair removal wasn’t effective for anyone who didn’t have light coloured hair and skin. However, technology has improved and nowadays laser hair removal can be used by people with all types of skin tones and hair colours.
Top Up Treatments May Be Necessary
Not everyone experiences permanent results from laser hair removal treatments. That said, your regrowth rate will definitely slow. But you may need to go back for top up treatments every four to six months.