There’s no denying that the results of laser hair removal are worth their weight in gold. No more razor cuts on your shins? Tick. No more hours spent shaving in the shower? Tick. No more “oops, I forgot to wax” moments… tick! But as with any medi-aesthetic treatment, there are certain steps you should be taking to get the most out of your silky-smooth results. Here we have given you our top five tips to care for your skin after laser.
Wear loose clothing
It might not be something that immediately comes to mind when booking in for your laser hair removal appointment, but loose clothing is a good idea (especially when treating more sensitive areas). By wearing loose clothing to and from your appointment, you will help to avoid any rubbing and irritation to the treated area. So, throw on a flowing maxi dress or a pair of baggy track pants before your next appointment and keep your skin comfortable, breathable and happy!
Avoid hot baths and showers
Laser treatments effectively create heat in the skin, so it is important to avoid hot baths or showers that might increase your body temperature and lead to irritation. In fact, we recommend avoiding anything that could get you hot or sweaty such as exercise, saunas or spas. Not only are we trying to avoid any extra heat in the area, we also want to avoid the potential for bacteria to grow. A nice cool shower will soothe the area and help to calm your skin post-treatment.
Stay out of the sun
This is the number one rule of a responsible laser hair removal user! Stay out of the sun for at least two weeks before and after your treatment. The same as with hot baths and showers, sun exposure can increase heat to area, which is something to be avoided for best results. As the skin is already having a heat response from the laser treatment, it can put you at higher risk for sunburn and sun damage. So stay sun safe, cover the treatment area while spending time outdoors and, of course, don’t forget your sunscreen!
Apply Recovery Cream
It’s common for your skin to feel a little warm-to-the-touch after your treatment. Keep the area cool and hydrated by applying the recommended post-laser cream up to three times a day for several days after your treatment. We love the Balense Recovery Cream which contains a nurturing actives that form a nourishing hydro-film to reduce redness, irritation and inflammation. It also boosts moisture levels which will help to repair your skin post laser.
Try not to touch!
It’s hard to resist running your hands over your freshly lasered legs and enjoy the smoothness of your treatment results! But wait! We recommend that you avoid touching your hair-free skin without first washing your hands, as you can run the risk of introducing unwanted bacteria into open pores. So… hands off, and that goes for picking or squeezing, too!
If you’d like more information on laser hair removal and its benefits, book a complimentary consultation and your local Australian Skin Clinics or call us on 1300303014. For our full pre- and post-laser care instructions click here.