It’s an exciting feeling when you finally complete your first laser hair removal session. To know that you won’t bothered to set aside time for tweezing, waxing or shaving anymore is a true relief. Plus, there’s nothing better than walking around feeling confident in your smooth skin! With that said, if you really want this treatment to be a success, it’s necessary to be cautious about how you treat your hair and skin in between and after sessions.
Anti-Inflammatory Cream and Ice
You may experience some pain and slight irritation between each laser session. In order to ease the discomfort, use anti-inflammatory creams and ice. Ice wrapped in a soft cloth will reduce the swelling, meanwhile creams such as Vitamin E will encourage soothing of the skin. Vitamin E also aids in reducing discoloration and pigmentation.
Your skin may experience dryness and become a little crusty in the treated area. Avoid scratching or scrubbing it off with a harsh face wash and instead apply a thin layer of aloe vera ointment. Applying this several times a day will be sure to keep your skin moist. If you notice swelling or crusting, avoid shaving this area.
Sunscreen is Essential
Have sunscreen prepared to use right after your session. Ensure that you use SPF 30 or higher and apply it every time you experience sun exposure, even if it’s extremely minimal. This step is the most important as the sun can negatively impact your final results.
Avoid Extreme Sun Exposure and Sunless Tanning
For the most effective laser treatment, you must avoid the sun as much as possible. Skin that has undergone the laser treatment is more vulnerable to sunlight and may cause an irritation or discolouration. If you really want a tan and you think the next best way to get one after your session is by sunless tanning, then think again. You must avoid putting harsh chemicals on areas that have been treated.
Don’t Take Extremely Hot Showers or Baths
Wait at least 48 hours before you decide to take a hot bath or shower. This will cause irritation and inflammation to your skin.
Don’t Pluck or Wax
In between sessions, avoid the temptation of plucking or waxing. Plucking and waxing will make it less attainable to achieve the results you’re looking for in the time period you want them. The goal is to destroy the hair follicle and by plucking or waxing, you may not reach your goal. The follicles need to be targeted or else the treatment won’t be as effective. Remember –stick to strictly shaving between sessions.
Don’t Use Harsh Creams
Once you start treating the area, you should avoid harsh creams. If you don’t, you’re putting yourself at risk for allergic reactions and other side effects. Creams you should avoid can include heavy makeup and topical creams or medications.
Don’t Use Deodorant
It might seem unnatural for you but avoid using deodorant for at least 3 days after the process. There’s a high chance that it will irritate your skin. Along with this, you should try your best not to wear tight clothes for 2-3 days.
Avoid medicines that might react to laser light such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin.
Book a Consultation
Do you have hair that you desperately want to get rid of? If so, laser hair removal may be the perfect decision for you! Permanently disable those hair follicles and call Dr. Boulos today to learn more about the procedure and book a consultation.