According to figures from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), their members performed approximately 633,000 laser hair removal procedures in 2014. This figure indicates a 27% surge from the 2013 figures. Laser hair removal continues to be very popular, and more and more people are doing it. If you’re one of these people, keep these post-treatment skin care tips in mind after getting a laser hair removal in hot cities, such as Salt Lake:
Refrain from Taking Hot Baths
In the next 48 hours after your laser hair removal treatment, it’s important to abstain from taking a hot bath. But if you must, you can use lukewarm water instead. Cold showers or baths are optimal. It’s important to be gentle on your skin when scrubbing. Exfoliating products are a no-no, at least for now. The same thing is true about scented lotions, liquid soaps, and other skincare products for the treated area or areas.
Know When to Exfoliate
It has now been at least two weeks since the treatment. You’ll start to notice some hair (which resemble blackheads) growing out of the areas where you had hair removed. Don’t think of this as a sign that the treatment didn’t work. We call this hair shedding, and once it's over, say goodbye to body hair forever. Wait 72 hours (or until you get a signal from your doctor). Only then can you can start exfoliating using a washcloth, a loofah or even a shower sponge. Just make sure you don’t use anything that is too rough for your skin. Gentle exfoliation can help the hair shedding process to speed up.
Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure for at Least a Week
If you do need to go out, make sure you wear good quality sunscreen, sunglasses, and even a sun hat. Yes, you can wear sunscreen on the treated area. You can also ask your doctor for some recommendations for sunblock. And of course, limit your sun exposure and steer clear of hot baths, saunas, and tanning beds for at least 72 hours.
If you have always wanted smooth, hairless skin, laser hair removal can be a life-changing treatment for you. So keep these post-treatment tips in mind if you undergo the treatment.