What to do before and after laser hair removal?

laser hair removal

If you make your mind to do laser hair removal, there are several ways to optimize the end-result. With the proper preparation and aftercare, not only you can ensure your treatment reaches its full potential, but also you protect your skin. Here is the list of things we have for you about what to do before and after each treatment.

What to do before each session?

• Shave the area you would like to get treated 12 hours prior to treatment. If you’ve missed, your practitioner will shave the hair for you. Otherwise, laser light will only singe any visible hair that is above your skin.

• Avoid waxing, epilating or plucking your hair for about six weeks before you plan to have your hair removed. These methods remove hair from its roots. The reason laser works is that light can be absorbed by the pigment in the hair underneath the skin. If there is no hair, there is nothing the laser light can grip. Shaving should be the only method of hair removal between each treatment.

• Avoid sunlight and any types of tan 8 weeks prior to treatment. One reason is that you want your skin to be in a condition that is stable enough for laser treatment. Second, the lighter the skin tone, the more effective laser hair removal is.

• Change your skincare routine if you want to do laser treatments on your face. Face is one of the most sensitive parts of your body, make sure you protect it well. You should avoid scrubs, glycolic acid, and retinol creams two days before and after each treatment. Also avoid chemical peels and tanning two weeks before and after each treatment.

• Avoid exercising before treatment, because it will heat up your body, which is not good for the treatment.

• Avoid using a moisturizer or deodorant on the skin area you want to treat before each session. Laser works best on dry skin.

• Avoid any makeup before treatment if you want to do facial laser hair removal. Your technician has to wipe it off.

What to do after each session?

• Avoid sun exposure for a while after treatment. Always always apply sunscreen with SPF 30+ or higher, or cover up the treated area with your cloth. After treatment, skin becomes more sensitive than usual to UV rays. Exposure to sunlight may cause hyperpigmentation.

• Exfoliate the treated area gently 24 hours after each treatment. It will prevent ingrown hairs and make your skin less bumpy and shadowy. Remember to wait for 24 hours, because skin is sensitive right after laser treatment, you want to give it some time to recover.

• If you have done laser treatment to your face, you also need to change your skincare routine. Avoid scrubs, glycolic acid, and retinol creams two days before and after each treatment, avoid chemical peels and tanning two weeks before and after each treatment. Besides, since your skin becomes drier after laser session, add extra moisturizers to your regime.

• If your skin is slightly red or swollen after treatment, don’t be panic. It usually disappears in a few hours, maximum a few days. We recommend you using a cool compress to soothe your skin.

• Avoid going to a gym, sauna, or taking a hot shower within 24 hours after your treatment. The heat from the laser light stays in your skin for 24 hours. If you want to warm it up further, it actually creates a lovely environment for bacteria to multiply.

• Your skin needs gentle treatment for the first 24 hours. So avoid applying heavy make-up, avoid using perfumes, deodorants, retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, or any harsh cleansers during this period on the treated areas. You don’t want to give your skin more burden.