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Tanning and Laser Hair Removal

Tanning and Laser Hair Removal

purestock_1574r-07481b.mediumSummer is coming, and the two things people love the MOST about summer are the sun and tanning! We also love to a have silky, smooth hair-free body, and what better option than to use laser hair removal to get rid of those pesky hairs?

Laser hair removal has fast become the #1 method for hair removal, as it offers long-lasting hair-free results. Bumps, nicks and cuts caused by shaving and waxing are all things of the past!

Since most people get laser hair removal performed to get rid of unwanted body hair and wear more revealing summer clothing, it’s important to know how laser-treated skin will react to sun exposure and why it’s essential to keep out of the sun while having laser hair removal.

Everyone has different skin sensitivity, and at The Australian Laser & Skin Clinic, our medically trained and highly qualified clinicians are on hand to provide the best advice for what’s appropriate for your skin and hair type. With their professional assessment, and experience with thousands of patients, they’ll know how tanning will affect you both before and after laser hair removal treatment.

Can You Get Laser Hair Removal With a Tan?

People with tanned skin are generally discouraged from laser hair removal treatments, as any type of tanning – whether it be from the sun, solarium or fake tan – changes your natural skin pigmentation.

When having laser hair removal performed, the light of the laser is attracted to the dark pigment in the hair follicle, destroying it so that it never grows back. If the skin in the area being treated is tanned, burning or discoloration may occur, as the laser will also be attracted to the dark pigment in the skin caused by tanning.

If you have tanned recently and are considering laser hair removal, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Wait 4 to 6 weeks before having laser hair removal done, as during this time the tan will fade and make laser hair removal possible. Waiting can be annoying, but it’s much better than wasting your money on a treatment that’s not going to be effective.
  • Wear SPF 30+ or more in the areas you want laser hair removal. If you’re having your face done, try and wear a hat for extra protection.
  • Try and stay out of the sun!
  • Avoid solariums, fake tanning lotions, and moisturisers that contain a gradual tanning agent.

Can You Go in the Sun After Laser Hair Removal?

After you’ve had laser hair removal performed, it’s likely that you’ll want to show off your new silky smooth body with a beautiful tan. However, sun exposure after laser hair removal should be avoided for at least 4 weeks after treatment, as the treated areas will be sensitive and exposure to direct sunlight could harm the skin or cause discoloration. Use a sunscreen that has SPF 30+ or higher to protect the treated areas.

When you avoid sun exposure after laser hair removal, you might miss out on sunbathing or looking golden for a while, but you will get the most effective and safest treatment as a result. The end of winter is the perfect time to get your first laser hair removal treatment, as this is when skin is at its palest.

Can You Put Fake Tan On After Laser Hair Removal?

If you want to know if fake tan and laser hair removal can be used together, the answer is no. The use of tanning creams and solutions should be avoided for at least a month after your laser hair removal treatment. This is because the skin can is irritated after laser hair removal and needs to be treated gently. Once any redness and irritation has disappeared completely, usually after 4 weeks, fake tan can be applied as long as you don’t have another laser hair removal session within the next month.


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