Laser hair removal can leave you feeling smooth and fresh without waxing, plucking, and shaving. Though many people don’t start thinking about body hair until the spring and summer, winter is actually the best time for laser hair removal for multiple reasons.
No More Summer Tan
Laser hair removal works by emitting a light that is absorbed by darkly pigmented hair. This light causes heat to build up in the hair follicle, preventing future hair growth. Laser hair removal works best if you have pale skin and dark hair, allowing the light to be more concentrated in the hair follicle. Having paler skin in the winter will make the treatment more effective than if you have a summer tan.
A Break from Waxing and Plucking
In the winter, many people spend less time waxing and plucking since they wear more clothes and are well-covered. Because laser hair removal targets hair roots, you have to stop waxing before your removal appointment in order for it to be effective.However, you can still shave in the 24-48 hours leading up to your hair appointment. Shaving can actually help the treatment be more effective and reduce risks of burns during removal.
Cloudy Gray Days
You need to avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before your laser hair removal appointment. This is much easier to do during the cloudy, gray days of winter. If you have sun exposure, including in tanning beds or even sunless tanners, your treatment may be less effective and you may have a higher risk of skin redness and burning after your treatment.You’ll also want to avoid the sun after your treatment as your skin may be sensitive.
Time to Get Completely Smooth
Each hair follicle has its own growth schedule, so it can take six to eight laser hair removal treatments before you are completely smooth. By starting treatments in the winter, you have plenty of time to get rid of unwanted hair before you want to wear shorts or a bikini.Though winter certainly makes laser hair removal easier, you can still get silky smooth skin in the summer, too. With the right use of sunscreen and other skin care steps, you can have a great laser hair removal experience even with the weather is warm.Don’t worry about shaving or waxing all summer long. Contact the Spa and Laser Center at North Shoreonline or at 757-965-7444 to take the first step toward smoother skin.