It’s that time of year when hair removal is at the forefront of our minds, with legs being bared in shorts, bikini lines coming under scrutiny on holiday and armpits needing to be fuzz-free for summer dress wearing. If you’ve got to the point where shaving or waxing is just too much bother, you may well decide to opt for laser hair removal to give you a more permanent solution, however this can leave your skin extra-sensitive. We’ve got some tips for ways to ensure that your skin heals properly after laser hair removal with Dermalogica and Decleor’s best products.
Although baring all in the sun is one of the main reasons for laser hair removal, keeping your skin away from the sun afterwards is very important as it can make sun damage far worse. Use a high protections sun-cream, such as Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 and consider keeping your sensitive areas covered altogether so that you don’t increase your risk of severe burns.
If you’re having laser on your face to take care of any pesky strays on your top lip or cheek areas, try to avoid wearing make up (except for mineral make-up) for at least a day afterwards. Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint SPF30 would be the perfect product if you don’t want to go completely bare faced as it not only offers pigmented coverage from earth minerals, it also contains SPF30 which will give you added protection while your skin is sensitive.
Using an ice pack on the areas you’ve had lasered is a good way to reduce redness and sensitivity, so keeping something in the freezer for a few days afterwards would be sensible. Once the initial healing period is out of the way, you may also benefit from using Dermalogica All Over Toner as it cools and soothes the skin – and you can keep it in the fridge for an extra bit of cooling power!
Any type of hair removal can leave your skin feeling dry and lacking moisture, especially laser as it goes beneath the skin to kill the hair follicles, which can have a knock-on effect with the rest of the skin. Using a good moisturiser which is targeted for sensitive areas, such as Decleor Post-Wax Cream – Sensitive Areas will help to replenish lost moisture, allowing your skin to heal itself more effectively.
If you’re having your underarms lasered, it’s necessary to avoid using deodorant for a few days before hand as it can impede the laser’s ability to remove hair effectively. If you feel self-conscious without deodorant, make sure you wash your underarm area regularly to avoid the build-up of bacteria using Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash, which should help you stay fresh.