Your FAQ laser questions answered

For those that choose to defuzz body hair, laser hair removal has been a popular form of permanently axing pesky hairs for years, with UK Google searches for ‘laser hair removal clinics’ up by 150%. Some see it as a short-term investment – prices can start from around £50 per session – as long-term it can save you time and money waxing, shaving, or epilating.

There are a few rules when it comes to laser hair removal to get the best results. Thankfully we’ve spoken to Specialist Aesthetic Practitioner, and Lumenis ambassador, Petrina Nugawela of MBA Clinic to break down all the do’s and dont’s.

HAIR REMOVAL IN BETWEEN SESSIONS

“One of the most frequently asked questions is about removing hair in between laser sessions. It is so important to not pluck or wax any hair on the area that is treated or even has been treated in the past. This can disrupt the treatment process and stimulate the hair follicle, leading to potential regrowth.”

WHEN SHOULD I SHAVE BEFORE LASER?

“It is recommended to shave 24 hours before your planned treatment. Shaving on the day of your session can be dangerous and should be avoided completely. This is because when you shave the razor may lift a layer of skin off as it passes over your skin.”

SKIN PREP

“Before a treatment of laser hair removal, make sure that your skin is clean, dry and free from any cosmetics, including skincare and sun cream, lotions, deodorants or make up. Products on the skin can increase the likelihood of adverse responses to the laser. I recommend stopping using any products that contain Alpha and beta hydroxy (AHA/BHA), hydroquinone, retinols/retinoids (Retin-A, Tazorac, Differin, etc.), at least 7 days prior to treatment. This will make sure that your skin is not too sensitive or fragile.”

SUN CARE

“At least a week before laser treatment you should avoid sun exposure greater than 30 minutes, even if wearing sunscreen. UV rays activate melanocytes in the skin, which leads to competing targets for the laser, resulting in a decrease in desired results or hypopigmentation (white spots) which may not resolve for several months.

After treatments make sure you are wearing SPF30 or above daily, even if you are not tanning, this is to protect your skin sensitivity. I’d recommend waiting at least 1-2 weeks before exposing your skin to the sun intentionally, again you should do this with an SPF30 or above.

After a sunny holiday/sunbathing, treatment shouldn’t be done until 4 to 6 weeks post-holiday.”

EXFOLIATING

“Two to three days after your hair removal session, you need to begin gently exfoliating your skin. Use a soft washcloth, a puffy shower sponge, a gentle loofah, or an exfoliating body wash. Do not use harsh scrubs that can leave your skin feeling dry. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for the first two weeks after your laser hair removal as this minimises the risk of ingrown hair and encourages the shedding of treated hair.”

Lumenis Splendor X is the first laser hair removal that uses BLEND X technology and can be used on all skin types. This IPL system has unprecedented power, speed, versatility, and coverage rate, making laser hair removal very quick. 

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