"Can I sunbathe before or after laser hair removal?" is one of the most popular questions specialists receive about this modern treatment. Since most people want to get rid of unwanted body hair so they can wear more revealing clothing, it's important to know how laser-treated skin will react to sun exposure.
Everyone has different skin sensitivity. A doctor will be able to provide the best advice for what's appropriate for your skin and hair type. With their professional assessment, and experience with hundred of patients, they'll know how sunbathing will affected you both before and after treatment.
It used to be true that sun tanning was discouraged before going under the laser. The early equipment was only designed for people with fair skin and dark hair to ensure the light energy was directed to the hair follicles. However, the technology has progressed in recent years.
A new laser for hair removal has been developed to avoid affecting the top layers of skin, where the skin pigment is located, and to reach down deep in the hair follicle to 'zap' the hair-producing cells.
The good news is the that newer lasers can now work on darker and tanned skin tones without causing burns or blisters. Avoid sun bleaching hair since laser hair removal still isn't effective on grey, blonde, or red hair.
The bad news is that these lasers are more expensive and not wide spread yet. Even though the technology is available, these machines are not as common in clinics and salons.
Laser hair removal usually requires a multiple treatments to achieve smooth skin. Clinicians usually recommend to avoid sun tanning so the same laser can be used throughout the duration of the procedure.
But if it's impossible to avoid the sun between treatments, try using a beach umbrella or seek a nice shady spot to minimize tanning.
Once the patient finishes all of the sesssions, it's can be tempting to show off the newly-smooth skin. However, the skin will be sensitive as the hair follicles recover, regardless of the type of laser used. The amount of time to avoid direct sunlight will depend on your skin type.
If you can't avoid being in the sun, then follow the same precautionary measures as before:
Please also remember that prolonged sun exposure can be detrimental to the health of your skin. Skin cancers are not uncommon. Talk to your doctor.