If laser hair removal is something you’ve considered, or even just wondered about in the past, then home laser hair removal has almost certainly come up as an alternative to the usual professional procedure.
Home laser hair removal has grown in popularity over the years, with countless devices and products designed to give you the results and the experience that could only previously be obtained in a professional setting.
The good news is that home laser hair removal is a cost-effective, safe, and brings great results. The key to this is to follow the appropriate steps associated with home laser hair removal, both before and after. This will ensure that not only will it be safe, you will also see the best results possible.
Before Hair Removal
1 – Keep the Area Clean
This step might be an obvious one, but it’s important nonetheless. The area where you will be performing the laser hair removal needs to be thoroughly cleaned, meaning any excess dirt and oil cannot be present. For best results, make sure this area is completely clean well before the treatment begins.
In some cases, lotion or a numbing cream may be applied before hand. If using lotion, only do so if the area is extremely dry, and make sure to avoid anything that contains a scent.
2 – Avoid Tanning
Besides dirt and oil, other outside factors can play a part in how effective your home laser removal treatment will be. You should avoid tanning the area where the removal will be done at least 4 to 6 weeks before the treatment. This also includes using tanning sprays or lotions.
If the area is tanned, especially with the use of products, the laser hair removal will not be as effective and might not even work at all.
3 – Preserve the Hair
Now, this step might seem counterproductive. After all, the entire reason for performing home laser hair removal is to eliminate or reduce body hair. However, this is actually very important for effective laser hair removal.
You should avoid bleaching, plucking, or shaving the area for a minimum of three weeks before doing any removal. For the treatment to work, the roots of the hair need to be preserved, because the laser attacks the root of the hair.
If this step isn’t followed, the hair roots may not have had time to recover from being bleached, plucked, or shaved. If this is the case, the hair will have not gone through enough regrowth, and there won’t be anything for the laser to target.
After Hair Removal
1 – Avoid UV Exposure
For at least seven days after performing home laser hair removal, make sure to keep the area out of any extended exposure to UV rays. Your skin is healing and more vulnerable, so it’s important to let the area heal completely before exposing it.
If you know you will be in the sun for a long amount of time and can’t avoid it, make sure to use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 or higher for protection, and re-apply as often as you can.
2 – Use Appropriate Products
Harmful chemicals can hinder the skin’s healing process and cause discomfort. Make sure to stick to things like ice packs, aloe vera gel, or a restorative gel if you are experiencing any discomfort. Also make sure to avoid any scented lotions or perfumes, since the chemicals that create those scents can he harmful to the healing process.
If you happen to experience any blistering, make sure to not puncture them. Instead, use an antibiotic ointment until the area is healed.
3 – Exfoliate
After your skin has fully healed, it’s important to exfoliate the area to avoid any ingrown hair. Hair in the area that was treated will grow back slower and will be shorter, which increases the chance of ingrown hairs. These should be avoided not only from a comfort standpoint, but also because ingrown hairs could affect any additional treatments.