Waxing, shaving, and tweezing can be exhausting. If you’ve spent years having to tend to your skin and remove unwanted hair, we advise getting a hair laser removal done. Although, it’s important to understand that you must care for your skin after a procedure. By following a simple-care process, you can ensure that the treated skin will heal properly and you can experience beautiful skin in no time! If you’ve never had a procedure like this before, it’s understandable. We’re here to walk you through the post-procedure steps to help you protect your skin.
Avoid the Sun for at Least a Week
Laser hair removal makes the skin sensitive, so you must do everything you can to avoid exposure to the sun as soon as you get the procedure done. We understand that the skin will be unavoidably exposed from time to time, but you have to do your best to limit the exposure. You can experience severe burns if too much of your skin makes contact with the sunlight.
Do Not Remove Hair by Force
We understand the frustration that comes with all the hair you have to tend to but that’s what the procedure is for. You have to allow the procedure to work itself on your body. These things take time. Removing hair by force can damage the skin. Waxing and plucking are not allowed, but shaving is okay to do as long as it has been a full twenty-four hours after the procedure.
Avoid Makeup, Deodorant, and Topical Creams
Just like the sun, the skin has to make as little contact with other factors as possible. Your skin is very sensitive during the healing process and if you want to avoid problems beyond healing, you have to lay off makeup, deodorant, and other creams you might use for your skin. Like shaving, you can begin to use products you normally do once you have allowed your skin to heal for twenty-four hours.
When we tell you to avoid the sun, that doesn’t mean you can go ahead and put on sunscreen and your skin will be just fine. It does not work like that. Sunscreen can actually further damage your skin when you’re still trying to heal from the laser hair removal procedure. You’ll become irritated and your skin will dry faster if you use sunscreen.
Numb the Skin
If you’re experiencing burning on the skin, you can use an ice pack and apply it to the treated areas. Usually, the pain after laser hair removal is mild, it’s a bit similar to what a sunburn feels like. You might also find that the treated area is swollen or red. Ice is one of the best ways to relieve this pain. You can do this immediately after the procedure.
Take Cold Showers
Just like using an ice pack, you’ll find that taking a cold shower will do more good than a hot shower. In fact, you are not allowed to make contact with extreme heat sources until the skin has fully healed. This also excludes saunas and steam rooms. Treating yourself to colder shows can speed up the healing process tremendously.
Use Aloe Vera and Moisturizing Lotions
You can use some mild lotions if you’re skin becomes too dry. Aloe vera is one of the best products you can use. Aloe vera is proven to reduce discomfort on the skin and ease swelling and redness. This product can be found almost anywhere, whether you’re at a drugstore or supercenter. If you can, it is better to use aloe vera as opposed to other creams.
If your skin becomes too much of a bother, you can take over-the-counter medicines, such as Tylenol. This should only be done if pain persists after using ice packs and aloe vera. Use OTCs as directed and never take more. If pain persists for a long time, call your doctor. Aspirin is not recommended after laser hair removal and is can elongate the healing process.
Learn More About How you Can Treat Your Body and Skin with Sun City Laser!
At Sun City Laser, laser hair removal is not all we offer. We offer procedures to treat your face, body sculpting, and injectables for improved skin. Whatever your beauty and body goals entail, we can meet them. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help and what each of our services can do for you.