5 Skincare Tips to Follow after Laser Hair Removal
Besides being the largest organ in your body, the skin also happens to be the toughest. Our skin protects us from the elements and keeps pathogens and other microscopic intruders at bay. But skin also needs some love, especially after laser hair removal treatments. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep your skin in tip-top shape throughout your series of laser hair removal appointments.
1. Cool Off
Laser hair removal utilizes laser technology that emits heat energy to damage hair follicles and inhibit the regrowth of hair. This heat energy must pass through the top layer of the skin to get to the follicles. As it passes through, your skin cells become heated, which may cause some redness, swelling and soreness. Apply some ice to the treated areas to cool down any red or irritated skin. You can also apply a cooling cream (if recommended by your laser technician) for a similar soothing effect.
2. Stay Out of the Sun
While this may sound like a no-brainer, it’s important to stay out of the sun immediately after laser hair removal as well as between each treatment session. Due to the heat applied during laser hair removal, your skin needs time to heal. Going out into the sun unprotected would expose sensitive skin to the harsh UV rays that could further damage your skin. Plus, since laser hair removal is most effective on dark hair against light skin, you don’t want to end up with an inadvertent tan that could compromise your results. If you must go out, be sure to slather on a high-quality sunscreen.
3. Skip the Makeup
Your facial skin is one of the most delicate areas on your body. While skin on other areas of your body has a thick layer of epidermis, the face only has a very thin layer. This means when you have facial laser hair removal, your skin can feel pretty tender. Avoid makeup for at least 24 hours as makeup on the skin’s surface could interfere with the natural healing process of your skin.
Though you don’t want to exfoliate too quickly after your laser hair removal treatment, by about a week to 10 days after each session, it’s a good idea to slough away any dead skin cells. Exfoliating also helps to promote shedding of the treated hair. You can moisturize too and even shave, but remember not to wax, pluck or tweeze any hair in the treatment area!
Laser hair removal is a fast and convenient way to get rid of stubborn hair and while the procedure is noninvasive, you will need to follow these skin care tips to ensure your skin heals properly.