Laser hair removal has caught the attention of several in these times. While there are several do’s and don’ts you would be floored with over the Internet; here are the 5 key points you would need to take care of post a laser session.
AVOID THE UNWANTED VITAMIN D
For anyone undergoing laser hair removal treatment, it is a common fact that you are almost always told to avoid the sun. Before you head for the clinic for the treatment or even after a session, most doctors strongly advise you not to head out in the sun before, while or after the therapy gets done or in progress. This also goes for all the tanning sessions you wished to have or the holiday you had planned in advance.
Direct and indirect sunlight is extremely harmful to the skin at these stages. The simple logic to this is that the sun’s rays damage your skin. And a laser session, post the exposure to the sun, if any, make your skin break with unnecessary pigmentation.
IF IT’S SEEN; DON’T LASER IT
Sun exposure gets amply soaked in by the arms, legs, fingers and toes. If you must get under the beam, it’s best if you avoid getting laser therapy on these areas. The safest and most effective ones would probably be the underarms and the bikini line. Because these areas are often secure under different types of clothing, they are the safest. Of course, not being exposed to the sun still stands as a mandate!
BLOCK IT WITH A SUNSCREEN OR A SUNBLOCK
Lasers have the tendency to open out your pores so a good way to close them is the use of sunscreen or a good sunblock. Make sure you inform your doctor of the sunscreen you use. Often doctors advise going against the generally acceptable creams for medicinal purposes. Ask the expert to suggest you the sunscreen or sunblock that you should be using and use it at all times. A good SPF sunscreen is the best umbrella even if you are not spending too much time outdoors.
ALLOW IT TO HEAL
Allow your skin to heal after a bout of lasers. As stated earlier, lasers open out your pores, making it even more susceptible to infections, breakouts and hyperpigmentation. The other precautions besides the sun would be to avoid tanning, swimming and the Jacuzzi. After a point, of course, your skin would eventually heal but until then it’s a good idea to leave it as it is without tampering it. You could go on your regular exercises; although don’t exfoliate yet. Sensitive skin post a laser session may not be able to bear with the exfoliation irrespective of the quality of the product that you may use. So steer clear of loofah, bath sponges or body scrubs for some time before the skin is supple again.
TAKE COOL SHOWERS
In continuation of the methods that you have so far taken, it is important that you also take cool showers as a means to heal the skin. It’s best to do away from the sauna or a hot shower for up to 48 hours. A cool shower, on the other hand, will do you good.
Now, that you know the best techniques to protect your skin so go-ahead for the treatment and leave your worries behind.
Article contributed by Austin K