Why Winter is the Best Time for Laser Hair Removal

January 15, 2016

We’re in the middle of winter, when the temperatures are dipping below the freezing mark. Extreme cold weather means that you’ll likely be covering up every bit of skin for the next several months. With your focus on staying warm and protecting your skin from the cold of the season, the last thought on most of minds is starting laser hair removal treatment. However, we’re going to explain why the winter months may be the most ideal time to start.

Why laser hair removal is best in winter?

For generations, the popular methods to remove unwanted hair were painful, inconvenient, time-consuming and often very expensive. With the latest advancements in laser hair removal technology, you can now avoid shaving, waxing, plucking, threading or tweezing to remove that unruly hair. Despite where the hair is (legs, back, face, arms, bikini line, or anywhere else on your body) laser hair removal is a safe, affordable, and effective alternative to these out-dated options. For the best results, the hair should be in an active growth phase, as this allows the laser to better target the root of each hair follicle. Since not all of the hairs are in the active growth phase at the same time, more than one treatment is required to achieve the best results. Prior to starting laser hair removal, you’ll need to grow out the hair – and what better time to do this than during the winter months, when covering up your skin is common and hair growth will go unnoticed?

Generally, five to seven sessions of laser hair removal is required to be effective, as each treatment removes a higher percentage of hair until your skin is ultimately hair free. During the summer season, most salons get booked solid with appointments, and since laser hair removal requires several sessions (and it’s recommended to wait six to eight weeks between each session to allow hair growth), it’s best to start as early as possible. By getting a head start on laser hair removal during the winter month, you can avoid the busy summer season when appointments are harder to come by, and be bikini-ready in time for warm beach weather.

It’s also recommended to avoid using self-tanning products and avoid direct sun exposure for two weeks prior to treatment and after each laser hair removal treatment. It’s also important to apply sunscreen with SPF 30 daily over the treated area. With less time spent outdoors during the winter (resulting in less harmful sun exposure), the winter months are ideal for getting laser hair removal for this very reason. Your skin is better protected from direct sun exposure and with more time spent indoors, there is ample time to complete laser hair removal and attend sessions. Shorter days in the winter means you can take advantage of less sunlight and avoid the harmful rays of direct sun exposure on your skin.

If you have the benefit of planning laser hair removal treatments, then the best time to start is wintertime It’s the ideal time of year to get rid of unwanted hair and to start enjoying the hair-free experience. With laser hair removal, avoiding sun exposure is quite important, so winter is the perfect season – many days with low levels of sunlight and much of the time being indoors.

Laser hair removal is safe, effective, and long lasting

Prior to treatment, most clinicians will recommend stopping any waxing. The hair actually needs to grow in order for the laser removal to be effective. Typically, multiple sessions are required in order to remove hair and produce good results. This is because body hair grows in different cycles, and only “actively growing” hairs will respond well to laser hair removal.

Using advanced technology, lasers work best when there’s a definitive contrast between the hair and the skin. In other words, light skin tone and dark hair allow the laser to better target the hair follicle. Besides hair removal, lasers also impact skin cells, and during the treatment period, the skin needs to be protected against harmful UV rays (once again, winter is the best time for this).

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for laser hair removal. In treatment, the laser is targeting the pigment in the root of the hair follicle – that way, no hair can grow back. But because the laser is actually passing through the skin, it has to be adjusted based on skin colour. As such, clients with darker skin usually require more treatment sessions in order to achieve good permanent results.

There’s much to be said for laser hair removal in winter

In the winter months, undergoing laser hair removal in Toronto requires far less precautions than at other times of the year. With more clothes, and less sun exposure, the treatment protocol tends to be more effective, and with better long-term results.

Today, laser hair removal technology is more advanced than ever, and targeting hair follicles is much more precise. Where possible, it’s wise to plan for a winter treatment protocol. Best of all, the results will be noticeable just in time for spring.

It’s time to take advantage of the winter and start getting ready for laser hair removal. Avoid the busy summer season in salons, avoid the harm of direct sun exposure on recently treated skin, and allow for complete hair growth while covered up from the cold. Laser hair removal during the winter is a smart move (not to mention a great gift idea for the holidays) to ensure you’re beach ready just in time for the summer. Call us today at: 647-764-7490 or email us at: You can learn more about laser hair removal and our process at

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