What you need to know about tanning and laser hair removal

laser hair removal and tanning

We're breaking down fact from fiction about tanning and sun exposure while getting laser hair removal.

If you’re thinking about getting laser hair removal, there are some important things you need to know to get the best results from your treatments – especially when it comes to tanning.

To make it simple, here’s your quick and easy guide to tanning and sun exposure if you’re getting laser hair removal.

Tanning

You should avoid tanning, whether it’s from the sun or fake tanning (including sunbeds and artificial tanning products), while you’re having laser hair removal treatments. 

Because tanning darkens the skin, this makes it harder for the laser to distinguish between the pigment in skin and the pigment in your hair.

The bottom line is it can disrupt your treatment cycle and make your results less effective, so it’s best to avoid tanning for the duration of your treatments.

Sun Exposure

Laser hair removal can also make skin more sensitive to the sun, so again, you should avoid sun exposure for at least several weeks before and after a treatment (and ideally, throughout your treatment cycle).

Sun exposure can increase the risk of burning and hyperpigmentation from your laser treatments, as well as making it more difficult to get the results you want.

You should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily – this is absolutely critical for the first seven days after a treatment, but it’s also a good habit to get into for your overall skin health.

If you’re interested in getting laser hair removal, or would like more information about the treatment, we’d recommend coming in for a complimentary consultation. You’ll have a detailed discussion with a member of our expert team to go through your options and discuss the results you’d like.
 

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