So, you have just had your first laser hair removal session. You are excited to wave goodbye to that annoying body hair but do you know how to look after your skin afterwards? There are certain things you could do to make that process as smooth as possible and get optimum results. Let’s go over the most important ones.
Right after your first session, you will likely experience some itching, pain or discomfort, which will resolve fairly quickly. It is a wise idea to apply ice on the affected area to minimise swelling and address the other reactions.
The way that laser hair removal works, is by sending continuous blasts of light into the skin’s pigment which converts to heat as it comes into contact with the follicle and bulb, destroying them completely. The fact that something creates small burns in the epidermis means that you should be careful with how you care for it immediately after the manipulation.
To prevent irritation and complications, there are different dos and don’ts to stick with after your procedure.
Avoid using hot water on the treated area for 48 hours after each session at the very least. Warm treatments are generally a good thing because they help the pores to loosen and clear out, yet that can also make your skin vulnerable and is likely to spark irritation.
Avoid saunas, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and steam rooms for the same reasons explained above. If you are a regular at the spa, cancel all your appointments pertaining to the next two weeks.
The first seven days after the procedure you should do your best to avoid the sun. It is understandable that you can’t hold on to this rule 100 per cent, but you should at least try your hardest. If you need to go out, cover all sections that were exposed to the laser with clothing or protective accessories. Apply an SPF50+ to keep the rest of your body from UV light. Sunglasses and hats will come in handy too.
You want to avoid removing your hair by force or else it will compromise the results. If you still have more laser sessions to go, you don’t want to do anything that will rip out the follicle from its root because the light will not be able to pick it up on your next treatment. You should have learned by now that hair has its growth cycle and each strand can be at a different stage throughout any given moment. During your first laser manipulation, some will be in the resting phase. To get to them eventually, you will need multiple procedures.
Right now, your skin is sensitive and every treatment that you normally do without thinking will just come too hostile. Any products, especially perfume-infused ones, will cause an undesired reaction in the treated area. This includes glycolic acid, scrubs, and retinol creams, to name a few. Wait for your skin to heal fully before you dive into further procedures.
If you like to work out a week in and week out, good for you but as far as hair removal aftercare is concerned, you should think twice before hitting the gym. Right now heavy physical exercise is not a great idea not only because you will be sweating profusely, but also because your increased body temperature will be a perfect environment for bacteria. Also, if you received a manipulation covering your bikini line, you definitely want to avoid getting in a situation where your clothes rub aggressively against the skin (it could cause itching).
Skimp on minimally-invasive procedures like thread lifts, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, fillers, etc. There is hardly any need to explain how this will affect the largest organ in your body. If a simple hot water bath can create discomfort in the treated section, imagine what an abrasive product can do.
Again, breaking your skin may cause an infection, which could easily spread to other areas. Just keep your hands off the treatment area for your own good.