For those who are tired of shaving, tweezing, plucking and waxing to get rid of unwanted hair, laser hair removal is an appealing solution. Not only is the result longer lasting than most hair removal methods, in some cases it can be close to a permanent solution. But there are some things you can do to ensure your hair removal sessions are a success. For some top tips for better hair removal, check out this post.
The area that you’re having treated needs to be shaved within 24 to 48 hours of the treatment. This helps the laser target the hair follicle. Shaving should be done with a razor rather than an electric trimmer as you’ll get a closer shave. And it’s also important to shave rather than pluck, tweeze or epilate. Hair removal procedures such as these affect the follicle and will reduce the effectiveness of the laser treatment.
Don’t Apply Skincare Products Before Treatment
Lotions, makeup, deodorants, moisturizers and other skincare products can vastly reduce the effectiveness of laser hair removal procedures. You should also make sure your skin is clean and free from dirt and oils before your treatment. Fresh, clean skin without any adulterants is best for effective laser hair removal.
Avoid The Sun Before And After
Sun tanning before laser hair removal can greatly reduce its effectiveness. You should avoid exposure to the sun for up to a month or more prior to the treatment. Your practitioner will let you know the exact amount of time specific to your case. Avoiding sun exposure also includes using a tanning salon or fake-tan products. The reason for this is that the laser targets melanin, the component that creates the appearance of a tan. The sun should also be avoided after treatments because your skin will be much more sensitive to ultraviolet light rays. Sunscreen should be used if going outdoors. This doesn’t mean you can’t have laser hair removals treatments in the summer, you’ll just need to be more careful.
Book Multiple Sessions
Very rarely will you end up with the desired results after a single session. For this reason it’s important to remain patient and book multiple sessions to get the best results. It will generally take at least a few sessions before you reach the desired level of hairlessness and you’ll still likely need a top-up treatment every once in a while.