After years of plucking, tweezing, waxing, and shaving, you may have decided enough is enough and are enjoying the benefits of laser hair removal. The process is quick, easy, and after a few sessions, you can throw away all your razors. Caring for your skin properly after each session can help minimize discomfort and ensure you heal more quickly.
Here are a few help laser hair removal aftercare tips that will help you protect your skin and ensure you heal properly.
Minimize Any Redness or Discomfort
After your appointment, you might experience some redness and irritation. Placing ice packs on the affected site can help minimize this discomfort. After the initial discomfort subsides, but you are still experiencing any redness, apply a generous layer of aloe vera gel. You can reapply the gel as needed.
Take an over the counter pain reliever as needed and according to the package directions. If the pain is severe or lasts longer than one day, contact your doctor or the technician who performed the laser hair removal.
Avoid the Sun and Heat
Your skin will be sensitive the first few days after your laser hair removal treatment. Avoiding the sun as much as possible is the best way to protect it from further irritation. However, if you must go outside, apply a layer of sunscreen at least 15 to 20 minutes before leaving your home or work. This will allow the sunscreen plenty of time to soak into your skin.
Reapply the sunscreen every few hours, or more often if you are sweating. You should apply the sunscreen regularly for at least one week after your treatment.
Avoid taking a hot shower, visiting a sauna, taking a bath, or soaking in a hot tub for at least 24 hours after your appointment as well.
Care for Your Skin
Finally, taking extra special care of your skin is critical to promote healing. Applying aloe vera and a mild, scent-free lotion to your skin regularly will help keep it supple and reduce any irritation. Avoid plucking or waxing your hair for several days after the appointment, as your skin will still be too sensitive. Do not apply makeup, deodorant, or perfume to your skin for at least 24 hours after treatment.
Taking care of your skin, avoiding the sun, wearing sunscreen, and treating any irritation and redness properly after your laser hair removal will help ease discomfort and ensure your skin heals properly.