You know how they say beach bodies are made in the winter? Well, it’s true — but we’re not thinking about your shape. Your skin also needs prep time to be ready for the warmer, bare-all days ahead. To ensure smooth, carefree skin this summer, now is the time to schedule your laser hair removal treatments in Hampton Roads. To get your best possible results, here’s a primer on prepping.
Stop plucking and waxing now!
If laser hair removal is in your future, even if you don’t know when exactly, stop plucking and waxing your hair. The sooner you can preserve the roots of your hair, the better. Laser hair removal needs your roots to be intact for it to work, since the laser only targets your hair roots, not the hair or surrounding skin. We recommend at least a month without plucking and waxing to ensure your roots have enough time to grow back.
Start shaving regularly.
For laser hair removal to work, it also needs your hair follicles to be in the active phase of hair growth. Inactive follicles cannot be effectively disabled by the laser. You can ensure your hair follicles are active simply by shaving them before your appointment. We recommend shaving the day before your appointment. This will give your hair follicle time to grow and create a tiny amount of stubble, which helps the laser to identify and disable the follicle.
Don’t grow out your hair.
By the same token, avoid letting your hair grow out long, which interferes with the laser’s ability to target your hair follicles.
Avoid the sun before and after your treatments.
Laser hair removal and the sun do NOT mix. EVER. For starters, your skin needs to be tan-free before your treatment because any pigment in your skin can increase your risk for side effects. Sun exposure after your laser treatment can also result in pigmentation issues, so be vigilant about avoiding the sun throughout the course of your treatment.
Don’t forget that your best results are often achieved with a series of treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, which means advance planning is key. Don’t wait, schedule your series of treatments today by calling 757.819.7633 or requesting your personal consultation online today.