Women go through an extensive beauty routine just to achieve their ideal appearance. From piling on layer after layer of skincare product on their faces to subjecting their body to various hair removal techniques, it is amazing what the female species is willing to go through for the sake of beauty.

Some of these routines might even involve painful procedures such as the ones in hair removal techniques. Shaving poses the risk of razor cuts, waxing has the potential to irritate your skin, and the sudden pull of your body hair from epilating is just plain painful. As if the pain was not enough, these techniques tend to leave other after effects on your skin as well including ingrown hairs, redness and itchiness. The lengthy process of removing your body hair can make it a dreaded routine too, especially when done on your own.


Laser Hair Removal: The Basics

If you hate standard hair removal techniques like shaving and waxing (and you do not mind burning a relatively big hole in your wallet), how about opting the far less painful method of laser hair removal? As the name suggests, this procedure involves using a laser to get rid of unwanted hair, whether it is on the face or body. This laser produces a light, which converts to heat, which in turn destroys the hair follicles. As a result, this slows down the rate at which the hair grows in the future.

One thing to note is that laser hair removal does not necessarily lead to permanent hair removal. Laser hair removal is usually an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. Multiple sessions are required to even see initial results, and you will need to keep going for sessions to maintain these results. However, you will not need to go for laser hair removal as frequently since your hair will be growing back at a slower rate, compared to if you were to shave or wax.


Before Laser Hair Removal: The Preparation

If you have never gone for laser hair removal before, there are certain steps you need to take before your treatment. Even though laser hair removal is a less painful procedure than other hair removal techniques like shaving, waxing or epilating, the common after-effects of hair removal such as skin irritation and redness are still possible after the laser treatment. To reduce the severity of these effects, be sure to do the following steps before your laser hair removal session:

Avoid Waxing Your Hair

Similar to laser hair removal, waxing removes your body hair by pulling out the hair follicles underneath the surface of your skin. This is why you should not wax at least one month before your laser hair removal session. Your hair follicles need to be present for laser hair removal to work since the laser targets the follicles specifically. When you wax, you are removing your hair follicles, which will make the laser hair removal ineffective. Do not do other hair removal techniques that involve pulling out the hair follicles such as plucking and epilating either.

Shave Before Your Session

While waxing is not recommended before your laser hair removal session, you should shave the treated area one day prior to the session. Shaving before your session is important as your body hair will be exposed to the light from the laser beam, which can lead to some unwanted reactions such as burnt hair or skin irritation. Since shaving only removes the hair on the surface of your skin and not the hair follicles,it is perfectly fine to be done before your session.

Stay Out of the Sun

Your desire to have golden bronze skin à la Giselle Bundchen will just have to wait if you have booked a laser hair removal session. About a couple of weeks prior, avoid being out in the sun as much as possible to prevent your skin from getting sunburnt (we know this is hard to do in our perpetually sunny island, but try your best!). That means no long picnics at the beach or working out under the blistering hot afternoon sun. We do not have to tell you that sunburns can be incredibly painful and you definitely do not want to undergo laser hair removal while your skin is in that condition. Therefore, make it a point to apply sunscreen on your body every time before you head out the door to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. In addition, you should not apply any tanning products either as they might result in a discolouration of your skin after the laser treatment.

Remove Any Skincare Products

The ingredients in your skincare products have the potential to irritate your skin when the laser treatment is administered. Thus, remember to remove anything that you have applied onto your skin before your treatment starts, whether it is a moisturiser, sunscreen or body oils. Just clean your skin using soap and water to get rid of all the product on your skin.