If you haven’t yet scheduled your series of laser hair removal treatments, it’s not too late! February and March are ideal months for undergoing treatment. To get your best results, here’s a closer look at the science behind laser hair removal, and the steps you can take to maximize your aesthetic investment.
You should know by now that tanning is the worst thing you can do for your appearance. It is clinically documented that up to 80% of the signs of aging we see, all those lines and wrinkles and age spots, are the result of sun exposure, not aging. So why do we call it aging in the first place, when it’s really “sun-damaging”?
When it comes to laser hair removal, tanning is an absolute no-no. Sun exposure, both before and after any laser treatment, is dangerous because it can interfere with the effectiveness of your treatment and increase your risk for side effects. For laser hair removal, sun exposure can cause burning during treatment or result in hypopigmentation as your skin is healing. Even bottle tans are dangerous, as any color in the skin can interfere with the efficacy of the laser.
The best way to prepare for your laser hair removal treatments is to start shaving. By the same token, you also need to stop plucking and waxing, which removes your hair follicles in addition to your hair. The goal is to keep your hair roots intact for your laser hair removal appointments because your entire treatment is based on those hair roots. Laser hair removal targets laser energy directly to your hair roots, heating them up, disabling them and preventing them from growing new hair. Without your roots, the laser has nothing to target and won’t work.
Shaving also provides the benefit of keeping your hair follicles in the active phase of hair growth. Since laser hair removal only works on hair roots in the active stage, shaving is a fabulous way to prep your target areas for optimal treatment and maximum results.
Laser hair removal usually takes a series of treatments to achieve your goal of smooth, hair-free skin. This is because your hair grows in stages, and your hair follicles are never consistently active. Since laser hair removal needs your hairs to be active, it can take several treatments to effectively catch every follicle in its active stage. So patience and persistence are key.