After laser hair removal, the treatment area is especially sensitive. Your technician will give you aftercare instructions to speed up recovery and improve the results. To help prepare you for these requirements, here’s an overview of some of the steps you might need to follow.
Limit product usage.
For at least 24 hours, avoid applying any makeup, deodorant, or lotions on the treated skin. After this period, gently scrub the area with an exfoliating cream before applying moisturizer with SPF for optimal protection. Use lightweight products for about two weeks to ensure the skin fully heals, then feel free to go back to your usual skin care products.
Keep it cool.
For the first 24 to 48 hours, try to limit the amount of heat on the skin. Since the area is sensitive, this will help prevent irritation.
Take cooler showers, minimize activities that cause sweating, avoid heating packs and seat warmers, and stay out of hot tubs or saunas. Pay attention to your body. If you start to feel any burning or stinging, stop what you’re doing and cool yourself down. You can apply ice packs or aloe vera onto the area to soothe it.
Get other skin treatments.
Do not get any tanning treatments in the affected area for at least two weeks. Until the skin fully heals, the chemicals in tanning agents can damage or stain the skin. To prevent blistering and ingrown hairs, avoid microneedling, peels, or other hair removal treatments in this period as well.
Spend too much time in the sun.
To limit your contact with heat, you should avoid spending too much time outdoors during the day for the first seven days after treatment.
The sun has an increased ability to damage sensitive skin, creating the possibility of sunburn. When you do go outside, cover the area with long sleeves or pants. If the treated spot is on the face, go outside only after 2 p.m. and wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50.
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