The 5 Key Things you NEED TO KNOW…
With summer well and truly on its way – thank goodness – we’re gearing up at The Cosmetic Clinic for a super busy season of Laser Hair Removal. So, to make sure our lovely clients are perfectly prepped and ready for their Laser Hair Removal series sessions, we thought we’d give you a heads up on the best practice prep for silky smooth, summer-sensational skin!
Perfect Prep No.1: STAY SUPER SUN SMART!
That’s right – now is not the time to be soaking up the rays! In fact, for the best results we recommend avoiding the sun for at least four weeks before your first Laser Hair Removal session. Exposure to the sun, a tan or sunburn especially, increases the risk of skin lightening side effects. That includes self-tanning products or using tanning sprays or sunbeds. Make sure you have thought about this when booking your sessions – getting your laser hair removal treatments underway as early as possible before summer really truly hits is definitely a plus.
Perfect Prep No.2: SHAVE!
This may sound a little strange but do shave the area you are getting laser treated two or three days prior to your first session. Don’t shave on the day of your session as this may cause your skin to be a little more sensitive than usual. Shaving stimulates hair growth and optimal laser hair removal results are achieved when the hair is in an active growth phase. Also – and this is really important – DO NOT wax, pluck, or bleach before your treatment. Laser Hair Removal works by targeting the hair follicles. If waxing or plucking has ripped these out – well, there’s nothing to target. Bleaching may increase the risk of adverse side effects such as skin lightening so avoid that as well. Then after your first treatment, don’t be tempted to go back to waxing or plucking – LEAVE THE TWEEZERS ALONE! The hair that has been treated needs to fall out of its own free will in order to achieve the best results.
Perfect Prep No.3: Stop – Just Stop…
Using specific anti-ageing creams, oils, or lotions have ingredients in them that may hamper the effectiveness of the treatment or cause irritation to your skin. Some ingredients that might cause irritation include alphahydroxy acid, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. If you are at all concerned about your skincare regime, make sure you discuss this with your laser hair removal technician. There are also some medications that are incompatible with laser hair removal. Medications that are photosensitive need to be stopped at least one week prior to your first session. Some antibiotics are photosensitive, so if you are taking any kind of antibiotic or have an infection of any kind, please check with your doctor before your treatment date.
Perfect Prep No.4: Come Clean
On the day of your treatments make sure you come with clean skin. No deodorants, no creams, oils, or lotions. Just you – bare and beautiful! Any kind of cosmetics or skin creams may increase the risk of side effects. After your treatment, make sure you use a good SPF lotion – our Balense UV Defiance SPF 50+ lotion is ideal.
Perfect Prep No.5: Attend till the End!
You’ve done all the hard work. You’ve prepped to perfection. All you need to do to get smooth summery skin is complete your treatments. Once hair growth slows down some patients are tempted to stop attending their sessions. This can result in the hair growth starting again and you’ll be back to square one. To make sure your laser hair removal treatments are effective, listen to your technician – they know what they’re doing, and they know how long to continue treatments to achieve the very optimum results.
It’s the perfect time to get prepped for your summer Laser Hair Removal sessions so make sure you head to our promo page to find out what amazing specials we have on for this month on select Laser Hair Removal treatments.