How do you take care of yourself after having a laser treatment for hair removal? Should you take a hot shower? Slather on aloe vera gel? Enjoy a relaxing beach day?
Laser treatments are safe for most people and your technician will let you know if you are not eligible — such as if you are pregnant.
However, there are some dos and don’ts you should be aware of so you can take good care of yourself after your treatment. Read on to find out what you should do after a laser hair removal treatment!
Avoid UV Light and the Sun
UV rays already have a detrimental effect on the skin and too much exposure can cause premature ageing. Laser hair removal can make your skin even more sensitive. To limit the risk of skin redness, irritation, and other side effects, avoid exposure to the sun and UV rays for a least 7 days both before and after treatment. Also, avoid sunless tanning products for 7 days before.
If you get a sunburn or a tan, your skin needs time to heal before treatment with the laser. Avoid both for at least 2 weeks before. If you have a sunburn or tan at the time of treatment, you will usually be asked to wait 2 weeks and come back.
After the procedure, use sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to further protect the skin.
Exposing the treated area to heat too soon after your treatment can lead to blisters and even burns. Avoid heat as much as possible for at least 48 hours after treatment.
Opt for a cool shower rather than a hot one. Definitely stay away from hot tubs and saunas and avoid using heating pads or a heated blanket.
Use Aloe Vera Gel
We mentioned this at the beginning and yes, it’s true! Aloe vera gel is an excellent way to take care of yourself post-laser treatment. Apply the cooling gel to the affected area for up to 3 days after treatment.
Aloe vera gel helps to keep your skin moisturized as well as speed the healing process with it’s anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties.
If your skin blisters, the gel will help to soothe the irritation and help clear it up. Don’t puncture the blisters on purpose, but if they break, be sure to apply a bit of antibiotic ointment to help avoid infection.
As the hair follicles die and fall out, very gentle exfoliation is good to help remove the excess debris and clean the skin. Only use a very mild exfoliant and don’t scrub too hard. Remember, your skin will be more sensitive than normal and you must take care.
Choose a Competent Laser Treatment Professional
Choosing the right professional to handle your laser treatment is crucial. Proper techniques can diminish laser hair removal side-effects and ensure that you have a more pleasant experience and get the results you expect.
Once you have undergone the procedure, follow these laser hair removal instructions to properly care for your skin and promote healing.
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This post has been written by Dr Ajay Murgai, he is a highly experienced General and Cosmetic Dental Surgeon. Dr Ajay runs clinics in Hertfordshire, South Oxfordshire and Harley Street, and carries out a full spectrum of treatments from Aesthetic Dentistry to routine examinations.