As summer bakes the country, the common solution is to wear less clothing. Legs are exposed with shorts and bikinis, arms are shown off with tank tops and T-shirts. While summer clothing is liberating, it also means you have to be more vigilant in your battle against unwanted body hair. For some, that means stocking up on vax, razors and tweezers.

For men and women alike, potentially spending hours a week removing unwanted hair is perhaps the worst part of the summer. On top of wasted time, razors often lead to cuts and rashes, while waxing is just downright painful — and potentially dangerous. So what’s the best alternative?

Laser hair removal!

While summer isn’t the optimal time to get laser hair removal (more on that later), it does offer a permanent solution to getting rid of unwanted hair. It’ll take some patience and a larger budget than simply buying a razor, but the payoff is well worth it. If you’re considering laser hair removal, keep these dos and don’ts in mind:

Before Your Treatment

In the week leading up to your laser hair removal appointment, DO wear sunscreen any time the area getting treated will be exposed to the sun. Your sunscreen should be at least SPF 30. Obviously, this means that working on your tan, whether outside or in a tanning bed, is a big DON’T.

DON’T pluck or wax the intended area before your treatment. Doing so removes the hair root, which is what the laser targets. In addition, DON’T bleach the hair in the intended area; the darker the root, the easier it is to target. However, you DO want to shave the night before your treatment. That way, the laser can more easily reach the root in the follicle and destroy it.

During Your Treatment

During your appointment, you will be given a set of instructions to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the treatment. It is imperative that you follow every instruction given to you, even if you don’t think it’s necessary.

First, DO choose a reputable laser hair removal center. Read online reviews, and during your initial consultation, be sure to ask plenty of questions. The specialist performing your treatment should be able to produce certifications that show they are qualified to do the work.

When the procedure begins, you will be given protective eyewear. While they may look silly, DON’T take them off until you are told to. Otherwise, you could potentially damage your eyes. It is lasers being used, after all.

If at any point you feel uncomfortable or have questions during the procedure, DO speak up. Your specialist is there to help you.

After Your Treatment

This part is why laser hair removal during the summer isn’t always the best option: After your treatment, DON’T expose the area to the sun for at least a week. In addition, DON’T take hot showers or baths for at least a week, and avoid saunas for at least a couple of days.

DO follow all post-treatment instructions. Your specialist may give you a certain gel to use; be sure to use it! It will help your skin heal better.

Laser hair removal works differently for everyone. Its effectiveness is influenced by your skin color, hair color, hair thickness and much more. Additionally, what may take one person three treatments to take care of may take another person six or seven. As such, perhaps the most important tip is: DO talk to your specialist about what you can expect from the treatment. That way, you know exactly what you’re paying for when you get laser hair removal!

 

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