Laser hair removal is, hands down, one of the most common ways to tame unwanted body hair simply because it offers a number of benefits that shaving, tweezing, and waxing, lack. According to Ubiqi.sg one of the most visited health portals in Singapore, laser hair removal is among the top cosmetic procedures carried out worldwide, and it is essential that people are familiar with how to take care of the treated area after each session. Before you head for the local beauty centre to get that smooth and silky skin, read on to check out all of the things you ought to do.
Use soothing creams
The area that was given laser treatment will swell for up to three days, and that is totally normal. There may also be bumps and redness, which will not persist for too long. However, if you find that these reactions are still present after 72 hours, you may opt for topical creams with aloe, hydrocortisone, or calamine.
Keep away from the sun
The best way to avoid direct sunlight is to cover the treated areas with clothing. If that is not possible right now, or at all, make sure to spray your skin with a product that comes with a 30SPF+ and is designed to block both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t forget to reapply it every so often because parts of it will naturally fall off as you sweat or get wet, even if it is waterproof. Now, as far your complexion is concerned, feel free to go 50 or higher. Moreover, you should wear a hat and sunglasses for additional protection.
Stick with a mild cleanser
It is vital to keep your body clean, including around the area that was treated with the laser. You can wash once to twice a day but do ensure that you choose your products carefully. It is advisable to go for a shower/facial gel that was meant for sensitive skin, as this will prevent irritation. Once the redness and swelling are over – that is, after 2-3 days – you can resume your normal skincare routine.
This rule applies only if you have removed hair from your face. You should not use the likes of foundation, blush, and mascara for as long as the healing process goes since it may increase the irritation and cause further redness. If you can’t resist the temptation to enhance your appearance, wait at least 24 hours of the session being completed to recommence application. That being said, it is also essential to skip any harsh products like perfume-infused lotions, and scrubs.
Steer clear of heat
Right now heat sources are a no go-to destination. If you have planned to try any steam rooms, saunas, or Jacuzzis, call to postpone your appointments to a later date. When you take a shower, just stick with warm water and you will be fine.
Do not work out
You should, by all means, avoid strenuous exercise the first couple of days after your laser hair removal procedure. Otherwise, it will cause irritation and here are the two main ways in which this can happen: 1) by raising your body temperature which also makes you sweat profusely; and 2) by causing your clothes to rub against the skin.
Apply cold packs on the affected site
What a laser session does is to create small, controlled wounds on your skin, resembling very much the effects of a sunburn. As you can imagine, all this creates minor discomfort, swelling, and redness, but the good news is that they can be minimised using ice. Remember to wrap the packs in a cloth or towel so that they don’t come into direct contact with your skin, then keep them on for about ten minutes. Reapply three times a day until you notice a difference (the swelling will subside and the discomfort will be gone too).
Do not use anything aggressive to dispose of existing hair
Other than shaving, you had better not settle on any other hair removal techniques because it will hamper the results. In other words, you should altogether avoid tweezing, waxing, scratching, and epilating the affected area throughout the treatment course, no matter how many sessions are needed.
Opt for painkillers
If the discomfort gets so unbearable that the application of ice packs doesn’t seem to be effective, resort to over-the-counter medication, but make sure you don’t take it too far. Usually, if there is any pain, it should not persist longer than 24 hours after the session, which means you will need just a couple of pills to get through the aching. Do call your doctor if you still feel out of your element on the second day. They will know better what steps you can take to stop the inflammation.
Although laser hair removal is a safe procedure, there are some aftercare tips that you ought to follow if you want your recovery to go smoothly. Not only that, but it will ensure that the manipulation is effective.