Can You Shave Between Laser Hair Removal Treatments?
Unwanted or excess hair on the body or face is a common beauty concern for many women. And while there's nothing wrong with loving yourself exactly as you are, those who want a bit of a confidence boost often turn to laser hair removal for more permanent results.
But laser hair removal treatments take multiple sessions, and you might want to deal with the regrowth between them. So is it alright to shave or use other hair removal methods between appointments?
Yes—if you do it the right way. Read on to find out how to manage unwanted hair before, during, and after your laser treatments.
Shaving Before Laser Hair Removal
Because laser treatments target the hair roots, having long, unshaved hair can block the laser from hitting the follicle. This greatly reduces the treatment's effectiveness.
As such, it's recommended that you shave the area between 48 and 24 hours before your appointment. Any earlier than that and the hair will have had time to regrow; any later and you could end up with irritated skin.
If you're having laser hair removal done on your face, it's important to shave the right way. Many women already shave to get rid of facial hair, but if this is your first time, follow these steps for best results:
- Use a single-blade face or eyebrow razor, not the kind you use on your legs.
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser before shaving.
- Hold the blade at a 45-degree angle and use short, even strokes.
- Don't shave over scabs or blemishes or you could irritate them more.
- Finish by rinsing your face with cool water and applying anti-inflammatory moisturising face cream.
If you're worried because shaving left your hair looking like little dark spots beneath your skin, don't be. This makes it easy for the laser to target the melanin in the hair root, meaning it can do a better job of destroying the follicles.
Shaving Between and After Treatments
There's a good chance that you'll experience some slight redness and irritation after your laser session. That's normal, but you should avoid shaving the area for at least 10 days post-treatment to allow your skin time to heal.
After all your sessions are complete, you shouldn't have much hair left to deal with. But if you find that some areas start to grow back, you can use any method you like to deal with the hair.
Other Hair Removal Methods
Many people prefer hair removal creams, waxing, and plucking their hair to shaving it, especially on the face. But doing so during laser treatments will do more harm than good.
These treatments are more effective at removing hair than shaving because they either remove or dissolve hairs right at the root. Unfortunately, this means there's no longer any melanin in the area for the laser to target, and the treatment won't do any good.
The same principle applies to bleach creams, even though they don't remove the hairs themselves. So if you'd like to get your money's worth out of laser hair removal, stick to shaving instead.
Getting Rid of Unwanted Hair with Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is an excellent way to rid yourself of excess hair on your face, underarms, bikini area, and legs. As long as you follow the guidelines above, you'll be able to supplement those treatments with shaving and keep your skin smooth and clear.https://andymillward-facialist.co.uk/contact/
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