Laser hair removal gives you the freedom and convenience to ditch razors and waxing and enjoy fuss-free silky-smooth skin. Taking care of your skin after laser hair removal is an important part of getting the best results.
Here at Westport MediSpa, Dana Brownell, MD, a board-certified physician specializing in aesthetic medicine helps patients feel and look their best using the latest in aesthetic medicine, including laser hair removal.
After laser hair removal treatment, Dr. Brownell provides guidance on how to preserve your skin for optimal results. Keep reading to learn about some practical steps you can take to care for your skin following laser hair removal.
Protect against sun exposure
The sun’s rays are damaging to the skin and can cause irritation following laser hair removal treatment. Protecting your skin from sun exposure is one of the first practical steps to take after laser treatment. Leaving your skin unprotected when you go outside may result in burns. For the first two weeks it’s important to use sunscreen and avoid sunbathing or spending extended time in the sun.
Exfoliate your skin
Laser hair removal treats unwanted hair at the root. After your treatment, you can expect hair in the treated area to start shedding. You can help your skin by exfoliating regularly during the first four weeks after your laser hair removal treatment.
It’s best to use a gentle scrub and exfoliate the treated area to help promote shedding. Exfoliating also helps to prepare your skin for your next treatment. Hair on your body doesn’t grow all at the same time. Some hair follicles may be in a resting phase, and these follicles will need to be treated during subsequent sessions.
Temporarily steer clear of topical products
Topical beauty products have a wide array of ingredients. Because your skin is sensitive following laser hair removal, it’s necessary to avoid topical products. Dr. Brownell will let you know how long to avoid topical beauty products. In general, it’s typically best to avoid these products for at least a day or two.
Avoid shaving and plucking
After your first session, you’ll notice that your hair grows thinner and lighter. With each follow-up treatment you should notice less and less regrowth. During this time, it’s best to avoid plucking and waxing. It’s OK to shave. However, you’ll want to wait at least 24 hours after getting laser hair removal before shaving. After a series of sessions, you’ll be able to ditch shaving for good.
Avoid heat on the skin
While we all enjoy hot showers, you’ll need to avoid taking hot showers for 48 hours after getting laser hair removal treatment. Hot showers, and other types of heat on your skin, such as heating pads may cause your sensitive skin to blister and burn. You’ll also need to avoid hot tubs and saunas to avoid irritating your skin.
Get your first laser treatment today
If you’re ready to experience the freedom of throwing out your razors for good, it’s time to try laser hair treatment. Visit us at Westport MediSpa at our Westport, Connecticut, office by calling or booking an appointment online. Our team is here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Get started today.