Laser Hair Removal – What You Need to Know

top view of beautiful young woman having laser hair removal on armpits

Are you considering laser hair removal? Is your google history full of searches about this beauty treatment?

Like every beauty treatment, there are things you should know beforehand to help the treatment go smoothly. Following our advice can make it less painful and make the laser hair removal process more comfortable for you.

The Laser Hair Removal Isn’t a One-Time Wonder

Like every hair removal method, this hair removal technique requires regular maintenance. You will start to see the best results after your second treatment. Your technician will be able to advise you on a treatment plan, as this will largely depend on how your skin reacts to the laser. After your first few treatments, you can spread the sessions out to every few months.

You Should Shave Before Your Session 

The best way that you can prepare for a laser hair removal treatment is to shave the day before. Shaving about 24 hours in advance will make it comfortable for you and reduces the amount of time that the laser will need to be on your skin. Resist the temptation to tweeze or wax in between treatments as the laser needs the pigment of your hair to work properly.

Aftercare Is Important

Just like having a facial, there are a few steps that you need to take to look after your skin after your treatment. As the laser uses heat, you’ll need to avoid sweating at all costs. That means taking a day off from the gym or having a cold shower. If you aren’t careful, you can end up causing spots to form due to the bacteria that can develop if sweat comes into contact with the remaining heat. You should expect to experience some swelling and redness during the 48 hours after your treatment. 

You also want to avoid the sun as this can damage your skin cells after a laser hair removal session. Avoid booking a treatment before a tropical holiday, or directly after one as a tan will impact your laser treatment. 

Female legs in bed, closeup. After laser hair removal beauty treatment.

Always Go to a Trained Dermatologist

You might come across a laser hair removal offer on Facebook that promises you amazing results at a bottom-dollar price. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. You should only ever trust a trained dermatologist to carry out a laser hair removal treatment safely. Would you trust a random strange on the street? Always check the reviews for the salon and ask them about the technology that they use. The medical-grade Cynosure Elite+ laser hair removal technology is an effective one, delivering long-term and reliable performance. Make sure the team operating it is fully qualified and provide a free consultation and patch test.

You Need to Consider Your Makeup

If your laser hair removal includes facial hair, then you can’t wear makeup to your treatment. You’ll be asked to remove your makeup once you arrive, as you can’t have any on at the time of treatment. As the laser focuses on the pigmentation of your hair, it can catch your makeup in the process, which can result in burns and spots. Go makeup-free and put on a pair of your favourite oversized sunglasses instead. 

You will also want to consider the products that you use in the days before and after a laser hair removal treatment. Focus on adding moisturisers into your routine to hydrate your skin before and afterwards. Avoid using any harsher skincare products such as scrubs or retinol serums for a few days, as your skin will be sensitive after the treatment. 

Vivianne Sterling

Editorial Manager at Beautips. I love street style and I'm always in search of bits of inspiration around me. I also believe in home-made solutions for fitness, beauty tricks and healthy cooking.

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