If you have ever had a laser hair removal treatment in the past, then you know how important it is to stay away from the sun in the days leading up to and following your appointment. This is such an important rule when it comes to laser that it has led to the belief that treatments in the summer are forbidden, but this is simply not true! You certainly can receive laser treatments through the summer months, but there are certain things to remember in order to ensure your health and safety, which is very important to all practitioners here at Ultimate Health Clinic.
The concept of avoiding laser hair removal treatments in the summer arose years ago when lasers did not have the technology they do now. Older lasers did not have the ability to focus wavelengths, and therefore gave practitioners limitations for targeting melanin in the hair follicles, as opposed to targeting the skin as well. Today laser technology has greatly advanced. Lasers now have the ability to very effectively target the hair only, without affecting the surrounding skin. Lasers now also come equipped with cooling technology that significantly cools the skin down during the entire process of the treatment.
Below are some very important guidelines to ensure you safely laser in the summer!
Avoid the Sun
Protection from the sun is always important no matter your age, background, or if you are receiving laser treatments or not! When it comes to laser, proper sun protection is not optional, it is a must. It is recommended to stay out of the sun of at least one week before and after your laser session. Laser hair removal makes your skin extra sensitive because we are using heat to essentially burn the hair follicles to destroy them and prevent new hairs from growing back. In return this is going to greatly increase your photo-sensitivity. This also means that tanning beds and self-tanners should be avoided as well as it can lead to discoloration affecting the effectiveness of the treatment.
Do Not Laser Frequently Exposed Areas
If you are someone who cannot stay out of the sun for the few weeks surrounding your appointment, it is suggested to only laser areas that are not regularly exposed to the sun. For example, Brazilian and Underarms can usually be lasered worry free. A helpful tip could also be to wear shorts while tanning if you would like to laser your bikini line.
An SPF of 30 or higher with active ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc must also be worn throughout the course of your treatments. It is time to put all those good sun protection habits in to practice, and make sure that you keep your skin safe and healthy.
Allow Time for Your Skin to Heal
If you do happen to get a sunburn on an area of skin that you are going to treat for hair removal, it is absolutely essential that you refrain from hair removal on the sunburned area until it has fully healed. Sunburned skin is damaged skin. Hair removal cannot be performed on damaged skin. Adding any further stress to the areas will only exacerbate the problem and could lead to additional issues such as infections or other skin conditions that may require medical treatment.
If you get a sunburn, take a break from treatments until the sunburned area has healed and is back to normal. This may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the size of the area and the severity of the sunburn. If in doubt, talk to your doctor or dermatologist to be absolutely sure before proceeding with a hair removal treatment after a sunburn has healed!