Avoiding Sun Exposure Before and After Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Brian Lett
By Brian Lett
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Avoiding sun exposure before and after laser hair removal treatment

Laser hair removal is one of the best ways to permanently eliminate unwanted hair, eliminating the need for shaving, waxing and plucking. Furthermore, laser therapy also can reduce skin issues associated with hair growth like folliculitis and discoloration.

However, to achieve optimal results from laser hair removal treatment it is essential that you protect yourself from sun exposure prior and post treatment by applying sunscreen with a high SPF rating and covering yourself for at least two weeks with wide-brimmed hats and sleeves.

Avoid Sun Exposure for Two Weeks

Sun exposure is bad for your skin. Not only does it increase the risk of skin cancer, but prolonged sun exposure also poses other serious problems like hyperpigmentation and permanent scarring. When it comes to laser hair removal treatments, your dermatologist will typically ask that you stay out of direct sunlight for two weeks prior to and post-procedure; this allows your body ample time to heal after the procedure has taken place.

Laser hair removal involves subjecting your skin to concentrated beams of light that transform into heat, disabling hair follicles. While you might experience some mild discomfort during treatment, it should not be dangerous and could take anywhere between minutes and over an hour depending on the area being targeted by laser light. Your dermatologist may provide a numbing cream before beginning this procedure.

Before your treatment, it is wise to refrain from plucking or waxing hair as this can make the follicles more sensitive to laser treatment. Furthermore, it’s recommended that you wear broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and reapply frequently, particularly if swimming or sweating as this increases UV radiation exposure on the skin.

Following your laser hair removal treatment, it is equally essential to use high SPF sunscreen with broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Avoid tanning beds whenever possible and make sure you cover yourself up by wearing clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses to shield yourself from direct sunlight exposure.

Due to sun damage risks and its effect on laser hair removal treatments, prolonged sun exposure should be limited immediately following each session as this could alter results. Your skin may become extra-sensitive after laser hair removal treatments; direct sunlight exposure could prevent proper healing.

Additionally, laser hair removal treatments may cause unwanted side effects, including sunburn-like rashes. If any adverse reactions arise after laser hair removal treatment, contact your practitioner and/or physician immediately for guidance and advice.

Apply Sunscreen

No doubt avoiding direct sun exposure before and after laser hair removal treatments is ideal, yet not always possible. People must go out for work, errands or socializing at some point; when this occurs it’s essential to wear ample protection – apply plenty of sunscreen and cover any treated areas with long sleeves, pants or a hat; an SPF 30 sunscreen would provide optimal protection.

Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before heading outside, and reapply at least every two hours as UVA/UVB rays penetrate even overcast days and have an adverse impact on skin health.

When selecting your sunscreen, be sure to choose one with broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Furthermore, opt for one without chemical ingredients, perfumes or oil that is oil-free – aloe vera gel or fragrance-free lotion will keep skin hydrated until its effects take hold.

Following your laser hair removal appointment, it is crucial that you avoid exposure to sunlight for at least two weeks as heat from both laser and sunlight can lead to hyperpigmentation or sunburn. If necessary, cover up with protective gear like a hat and sunglasses to safeguard your skin and limit sun damage.

As such, if you regularly sunbathe it’s recommended that laser hair removal be completed during winter. Furthermore, having your procedure on areas of your body that don’t receive much direct sunlight may further reduce risks related to sun damage while making treatment simpler for you to adhere to. Despite these recommendations though, regular sun exposure doesn’t necessitate abandoning laser hair removal entirely!

Avoid Tanning Beds

Even if tanning beds aren’t your intention, it is still wise to steer clear in the days and weeks leading up to laser hair removal sessions. Exposure to UV rays increases side effects and delays recovery; in addition, prolonged UV exposure could cause skin damage or scarring that will put you back on your journey to Satori Smooth Skin.

Your beach visits might seem inevitable during this season, but avoiding sun exposure and tanning beds is essential if you want to achieve optimal results. To look your best at the pool or beach this summer, use fake tanning products and wear sunscreen when going outside.

Avoiding tanning beds is especially essential as their UVA and UVB rays can increase your risk of burns and other skin issues significantly compared to natural sun exposure. Tanning beds emit harmful UVA/UVB rays which are especially damaging for arms, underarms and legs – so when heading out into the sun this summer make sure that sunscreen protects these parts.

As well as tanning beds, you should also try to limit any form of skin exfoliation in the days prior to and following your appointment, including loofah scrubbing or any form of scrubbiness with loofahs or scrubbers. Furthermore, avoid ocean swims, hot tubs, sauna sessions and strenuous exercises as these could increase sweat production which increases your risk for heat rash or other skin irritations.

While you wait for your treatment area hair follicles to return to their natural colors, be sure to use a moisturizer free of alcohol and fragrances as well as aloe vera or lotion with high SPF ratings for skin hydration. Sunscreen should always be incorporated into your skincare regimen, yet its relevance increases exponentially during laser hair removal treatments.

Schedule Your Appointment

Before your laser hair removal appointment, avoid getting sunburnt to reduce skin sensitivity and risk serious damage that could leave severe scarring. Furthermore, excessive melanin production in affected areas could worsen effects of treatment as hyperpigmentation sets in.

To reduce this risk, avoid direct sunlight on the area being treated for at least two weeks prior to an appointment and apply broad spectrum sunscreen with high SPF levels regularly. Furthermore, wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats and long sleeves as a form of UV radiation protection.

Before your appointment, shave the area that will be treated to remove any dry or brittle hairs that could impede treatment. Furthermore, waxing, tweezing, and plucking should be avoided in the weeks preceding it since laser hair removal targets hairs in their growth stage and these methods of hair removal could disrupt this cycle.

Before your laser hair removal appointment, it is advisable to avoid direct sunlight for at least 72 hours in order to protect yourself from its powerful energy beams that can worsen sunburned, hot or peeling skin and cause further harm.

After receiving laser hair removal treatment, it is also recommended that you avoid direct sunlight for several weeks post-procedure as your treated areas will be especially susceptible to UV radiation and prolonged exposure could result in sunburn and skin cancer. It’s advisable to use broad spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF30 rating and apply and reapply it regularly.

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective method to permanently eliminate unwanted body hair. In order to achieve the best possible results, it’s vital that all the above tips are strictly observed, especially regarding sun exposure before and after treatment.

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