Timing is everything, especially when it comes to your beauty treatments! Case in point is laser hair removal. Permanently removing unwanted hair on your body can help you feel confident in your swimsuit all summer long, but the last thing you should be doing is getting lasered before heading to the beach!
Every aesthetician worth her salt knows that laser hair removal is ideal in the cooler months of fall and winter when you’re inside more often and covered under layers of clothes. Here’s why:
Lasers and sunshine don’t mix!
Laser hair removal works by targeting the dark pigment deep down inside hair follicles. The contrast of light skin and dark roots is ideal for laser hair removal because it helps the laser to better identify and target the hair follicle. When the surrounding skin is tanned, it has more pigment, which can diminish the effectiveness of the laser since there is less of a contrast between the skin and the hair follicle.
It takes time.
You’ve heard the saying that bikini-ready bodies are made in the winter? Well, it’s true. Laser hair removal takes months to reveal smooth, hair-free skin. Hair growth is cyclical, and laser hair removal only works on active hair follicles. This means that a series of treatments is needed to target every hair follicle and achieve your best results.
Laser hair removal is one of the most popular and well-tolerated skin treatments on the planet, so why would you want to mess with a good thing if you don’t have to? When you expose your skin to the sun before or after laser hair removal treatments, you are increasing your risk of complications, including pigmentation concerns, rashes, burns, and more.