Laser hair removal and exposure to the sun: Main precautions to be taken into account
Having a laser in summer is a very common practice to show off your body at the beach. However, it is also something that can have contraindications, since it involves extra wear and tear on your skin. For this reason, we explain what you have to do before and after this process to eliminate any risk you may be exposed to. At MedVisit we take care of you!
Care before and after the laser in summer
First of all, I would like to take the opportunity to debunk a widespread myth: summer is as good a time as any other to undergo laser hair removal. Although it is true that you will have to take a couple of extra precautions. If you follow them correctly, your skin won’t be damaged and you’ll be able to enjoy the sun without having to worry.
What do you need to do before you start lasering? The only advice is that, before a session, spend three to four days without sunbathing in the area to be waxed. The reason? The exposure of your skin to ultraviolet rays produces melanin, which can generate incompatibilities with the laser. If you are going to wax an area where you have not been able to avoid exposure (such as your arms, for example), always inform the technicians so that they can adjust the laser to avoid damage. And if you need English-speaking doctors, don’t hesitate to contact them.
What happens after a laser session? Will I be able to sunbathe after laser hair removal? The truth is yes, you will not have any major problems. However, you will also need to follow certain recommendations that we will see in detail below.
How to sunbathe after laser hair removal?
These tips are very simple and you will not have to make any additional effort. Quite the contrary. Apply them and you will see how your body will thank you.
Allow three to four days after the laser treatment.
Your skin will be much more sensitive (especially in the area where you have applied the treatment). Therefore, the sweat may irritate or infect some follicles. Therefore, it is best to wait for the inflammation to go down so that you don’t encounter any future problems.
When you go sunbathing, something you can’t miss along with your towel is a quality sunscreen with high protection. This is something you need to apply both before and after the treatment. If you go to a laser session with irritated or burned skin, serious problems can occur. The same applies if, after the laser, you get a burn in the same area.
To avoid this, buy a high protection cream (preferably protection fifty) and apply it repeatedly on your body when you are going to expose it to the sun. Especially in the area where you have undergone laser hair removal.
Another interesting point is to reduce, if possible, exposure at times when UVA rays have the most direct impact on the skin, i.e. between midday and four o’clock in the afternoon. This is the time when it is easiest to burn your skin.
Moisturize your skin properly
Finally, the last tip is to keep your skin always ready, and perfectly hydrated. This is a care that you not only have to apply before going to the beach, but also after. The sun and heat can dry out your skin. Therefore, apply moisturizers continuously to keep it healthy and in perfect condition.
A little aftersun or aloe vera, for example, can be very useful, as they moisturize and nourish. After all, the sun’s rays not only tan your skin, they can also damage it. And with moisturizing you guarantee its safety.
Some extra recommendations for laser in summer
Direct exposure to the sun is one thing, but a UV treatment is another. In this case, if you want to apply a depilatory laser, you will have to allow about 15 days, both before and after, to resume this tan.
As for other types of self-tanning treatments (such as creams, for example), the rest period is a little shorter. Generally one week.
And if you have any problems, do not hesitate to make an appointment with our English-speaking doctors Barcelona. So, in case of rashes, abnormalities or skin problems, first ask a dermatological professional to tell you what you can or cannot do.
In conclusion, getting a laser in summer does not have to leave you without a beach. As we have seen, you only need to follow a few tips: reduce exposure, rest the skin for a few days, protect it and moisturize it constantly. This way, you will be able to enjoy the sun to the fullest and, at the same time, get rid of the hair on your skin. In other words, summer does not mean an interruption of laser hair removal in any case, you just have to be a little more cautious.