What You Need to Know Before Getting a Summer Laser Treatment
Avoiding the sun before and after a laser hair removal treatment is crucial for getting the best results AND preventing skin damage. The reason for this is because the sun can cause the skin to be extra sensitive to heat. The last thing you want is hyper-pigmentation, burns or scarring! But what should you do if you just can’t wait for summer to be over to get that laser hair removal treatment? Niki Garcia, laser expert at Boom Boom Brow Bar, shares what you need to know.
Niki Garcia’s 3 Rules for Summer Laser Treatments
1. Some rules are NOT meant to be broken. Avoid sun exposure/tanning two weeks before and two weeks after a laser hair removal treatment. Period!
2. Do NOT laser the face or any regularly exposed area (arms, legs, fingers, toes). Even if skin doesn't look tan, the exposure from UVB and UVA rays is active. “UVB rays affect the top layer of skin and UVA rays go even deeper," explains Garcia. "Have you ever showered after being in the sun and then you think you look darker? It’s because you’re exfoliating the top layers off, revealing the deeper, darker skin that the UVA rays altered."
3. It is safe to laser under the arms in the summer because that area is not exposed to the sun and is protected by the arm. The bikini area can also be treated because, hello, we wear pants!
What You Should Do After a Laser Treatment
Apply a broad spectrum SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB rays—even on cloudy days!
The heat from the laser may cause dryness; apply aloe vera or a gentle fragrance-free lotion to keep skin hydrated.
Pores are open after a service; don’t go to the gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, ocean or pool for two days.
Let skin heal for five days before exfoliating.
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