Sometimes, it’s easy to focus all our attention on the dos and don’ts we should know about before we go for laser hair removal treatments. Shaving and waxing unwanted hair can be annoying and time-consuming, especially around the bikini line. That being said, it’s incredibly important to understand the side effects of this hair removal method before moving forward. After all, we can’t forget what to do after our treatments. The dos and don’ts of post-laser hair removal treatments are crucial. Some of the key things you do after your appointment can make a difference and ensure your hair and skin stay smooth until your next treatment. Ultimately, your post-treatment routine can help you maintain long-lasting results. Let’s explore the dos and don’ts of laser treatment that you should know about.
Do Clean Affected Areas
First and foremost, after your laser hair removal sessions, you should gently clean the area treated roughly twice a day. It is important to exfoliate the area that’s been treated because it helps the dead hair follicles come out faster. Exfoliating will also help prevent ingrown hairs. The more you buff away dead skin and hair follicles, the better results you’ll see.
Do Wear Comfortable Underwear
We also suggest wearing cotton panties throughout the day if you are going for a bikini laser hair removal. This is because your skin will be sensitive for a few days after your laser hair removal. Wearing cotton panties will not irritate your skin and will be the best solution if you have a sensitive skin reaction. Skin irritation happens to almost everyone, so do not be alarmed if you have slight redness. Wearing cotton panties will help prevent any fabric from rubbing or irritating your skin, as it is one of the most gentle fabrics you can wear.
Do Use Aloe Vera gel to soothe the skin
One of the cons of this hair removal option is that it can cause swelling and redness in affected areas, especially with multiple sessions. That being said, Aloe Vera gel can be used to soothe and moisturize irritated skin and hair follicles. While its nourishing capabilities can work wonders, it also has anti-inflammatory properties and can prevent infections as a result.
Don’t Wear Irritating Clothing
Additionally, we suggest not wearing pantyhose after your laser hair removal treatment. Pantyhose can, in some cases, irritate the skin. A constant cover on top of the skin you have treated can sometimes cause irritation and redness. Letting your skin breathe and not be confined under restrictive clothing such as pantyhose will help reduce any redness or irritation of the skin.
If you find yourself incurring redness even after using cotton panties or refraining from using pantyhose, it may be from exercise. When exercising, you rub your skin against all sorts of fabrics, especially ones that are host to sweat and bacteria.
It is important to note that if your irritation persists while working out, you should take a break to allow your skin to fully recover and prevent redness or irritation from worsening.
Don’t go Tanning
Finally, we suggest that you do not tan for at least two weeks after your laser hair removal treatment. This is because your skin is very sensitive so you can burn easily. If you find yourself in the sun immediately after your laser hair removal treatment, apply at least SPF 30 sunscreen to your treated areas, if not higher.
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Don’t Take a Hot Shower
Taking a hot shower post-laser hair removal can cause unnecessary discomfort. This type of treatment can cause the skin to be very sensitive and, therefore, prone to skin irritation. However, waiting up to 48 hours before a hot shower can make a huge difference. If you must shower within 48 hours of the treatment, cold water limits irritation and sensitivity in affected areas.
Protecting your skin after laser hair removal treatments is very important, as it will help obtain the best results for the future. For more information on laser hair removal or to learn more about its pros and cons, please book an appointment with one of our specialists. You can do this by visiting our website or calling us at 416-484-4884.