Laser hair removal is an efficient method to remove unwanted body hair, especially if you hate the hassle of other standard hair removal techniques such as shaving and waxing. Since the hair follicles are damaged in the process of laser hair removal, your body hair will grow back at a much slower rate. Compared to shaving and waxing, this means you can go longer in between your hair removal sessions, which means less time spent on the pains of removing unwanted body hair.
In addition, laser hair removal will provide you with much smoother skin without the risk of razor cuts or ingrown hairs. However, this is dependent on how you care for your skin after your laser hair removal treatment too. The aftercare of your skin is essential in ensuring you achieve the best results from your laser hair removal.
How To Care For Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal
Taking care of your skin is essential throughout the whole process of your laser hair removal. While preparing your skin before the treatment can help reduce any negative reactions your skin might go through, taking care of it afterwards is just as important as well. Since your skin will be at a more delicate state after your laser hair removal, it is imperative for you to know how to take care of it for you to benefit from the treatment.
If you are going to your first laser hair removal session, be sure to check out the following tips on what you should and should not do after your session.
Exfoliating your skin right after your laser hair removal session is a definite no-no. Your skin is already in a more sensitised condition after being exposed to the laser beam, and there will likely be some redness and even itchiness after the session. Exfoliating your skin while it is in this condition can exacerbate these after effects since you are shedding the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. As a result, your skin will end up being in an even more sensitive state than it already is. There is, however, a right time to exfoliate your skin after going through laser hair removal. Since exfoliating will help to shed the remaining hair on your skin as well as prevent ingrown hairs, it is usually recommended to be done about five days after your laser hair removal session.
Avoid High Temperatures
If you were getting all pumped up to get a good lie-in under the sun to give your newly-smooth skin a golden glow, we have some bad news for you. Like we mentioned above, your skin will be more sensitive after the laser hair removal treatment. And one thing that sensitive skin does not get on with is heat. Being exposed to high temperatures can aggravate the sensitivity of your skin and exacerbate any laser hair removal after effects such as itchiness. Therefore, it is best for you to put on hold any sun tanning plans after your laser hair removal session. In addition, when we say high temperatures, we are not only talking about sunny weather. Anything that involves extreme heat applies here too, including taking hot baths, going to the sauna, or working out.
Rethink Your Bodycare Routine
Yes, unfortunately, getting your hair lasered off also means you might need to check what you are applying to your skin. While your body care products worked completely fine for you before, the ingredients in them have the potential to irritate your skin after your laser hair removal treatment. This is especially so for products that contain active ingredients such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids. These active ingredients can already be irritating to the skin to some extent, so applying them onto skin that had just undergone laser treatment can worsen the irritation. Therefore, for about a couple of weeks after your treatment, avoid putting on any of your body care products that have any active ingredients. If your other body care products do not contain any active ingredients but you are still wary, you can do a small patch test on your skin to see if your skin experiences any adverse reactions. Or better yet, just avoid applying any of your body care products during this time.
No Plucking Or Waxing
One laser hair removal treatment will not get rid of all your body hair entirely. There will still be some hair growth, which is why laser hair removal usually requires multiple sessions to have the hair totally removed. In between your sessions, you might be tempted to pluck or wax these remaining hairs but we strongly advise you against doing this. This is because laser hair removal only works when the hair follicles are present underneath the surface of your skin. When you pluck or wax, you are removing these hair follicles, which means the laser will not be able to properly target them during your subsequent sessions. If you really cannot stand the random bits of hair on your body, you can shave them instead since shaving allows the hair follicles to remain intact.