Congratulations on taking the plunge and getting laser hair removal! Your smooth, hair-free skin will be the envy of all your friends (and let's be real, the smoothness will be the real winner here). But before you start showing off your newly lasered skin to the world, you'll need to follow a few tips to make sure your skin stays healthy and happy.
1. Avoid the sun for at least 1-2 weeks.
Just like preparing for laser hair removal, it is just as important to stay out of the sun after as well. This is probably the most important tip for caring for your skin after laser hair removal. Your skin will be extra sensitive to UV rays for a few weeks after the treatment, so make sure to slather on the sunscreen and stay out of direct sunlight. And if you do need to be outside, be sure to wear protective clothing, like a hat and long sleeves.
2. Keep your skin moisturized.
Your skin may be a little dry and flaky after laser hair removal, so make sure to keep it moisturized. Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer and apply it multiple times a day to keep your skin hydrated. We usually reccomend a good old fashion pure aloe vera gel with no fragrance or dyes.
3. Avoid heat: hot showers, sauna, jacuzzi, or hot yoga.
While that hot shower may feel extra relaxing after a laser hair removal treatment, it's not great for your skin. Heat can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it even more dry and irritated. Stick to lukewarm water and try not to spend too much time in the heat. Make sure to also not wear any tight clothing that might cause your skin to irritate.
4. Don't scratch or pick at your skin.
It's natural to want to scratch or pick at any scabs or dry skin that may form after laser hair removal, but resist the urge! Scratching or picking at your skin can cause scarring and even infection. Instead, gently pat the area with a clean, damp cloth to help loosen any scabs.
You will also notice some itching and the dead hairs beginning to fall out 5-15 days after your treatment, this is normal and you can speed up the hair shedding by gently exfoliating the skin. Our laser experts will ensure to provide you with the best secrets when it comes to taking care of your skin after each treatment.
5. Avoid certain skincare products.
There are some skincare products that you'll want to avoid using on your skin after laser hair removal. These include exfoliants (like glycolic acid or salicylic acid), alcohol-based toners, harsh astringents, and scrubs. These products can further irritate your skin and delay the healing process. Stick to gentle, soothing products until your skin has fully recovered.
By following these simply tips, you'll be well on your way to healthy, happy skin after laser hair removal. And remember, the end result of smooth, hair-free skin is totally worth the temporary discomfort and extra skincare routine. Happy laser-ing!