Sun-Kissed Days Ahead: Embrace Laser Hair Removal Before Summer Arrives!

By Nigelle Fredette

As the warm temperatures give way to winter wonderland walks, skiing, skating, and other frosty adventures, it's easy to forget that the sun-kissed days of summer are just around the corner. While we revel in the magic of winter, now is the perfect time to prepare for the upcoming sunshine season. Have you ever considered that laser hair removal might be the ideal step in your beauty routine as we bid farewell to our winter layers?

In this article, we will discuss laser hair removal and explain why now is the best time to consider it if you're interested in getting rid of unwanted hair. But first, let's better understand what it's all about.

Laser hair removal is a procedure where a concentrated beam of light, also known as a 'laser", removes unwanted hair. The laser hair removal process consists of the esthetician or skin care professional will press a hand-held laser instrument to your skin, that emits light absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The laser's effect damages the hair follicles responsible for producing hair deep down. As a result, future hair growth in these targeted areas is either inhibited or delayed. One common misconception is that laser hair removal permanently removes hair. Instead, after multiple laser hair removal treatments, the client will notice a longer hair growth delay. Laser hair removal will require two to six treatments, depending on the location. While many will get great results from laser hair removal, a population of individuals see quicker results as it is most effective for people with light skin and dark hair. In addition to this, if you have a tattoo in a particular "problem area," laser hair removal might not be possible. This is why a consultation with your skin care professional is ideal when determining which avenue best suits your hair removal goals.

Laser hair removal is an option explored by individuals who wish to remove unwanted hair in a way that does not allow the hair to grow back at a rate similar to shaving. In many cases, target areas are armpits, upper lip, chin, the bikini line and legs. To find out the best method to remove unwanted hair in other areas, you should speak to an expert to determine your best options.

As previously mentioned, the success of laser hair removal is influenced by skin type and hair colour, yet it's important to note that the hair pigment absorbs the laser beam and not the skin.

It’s remarkable that while this procedure damages the hair follicle while avoiding damaging the skin, hence the importance of having a contrast between hair and skin colour – such as dark hair and light skin to achieve the best results. However, with technological advancements, treating dark hair on dark skin is becoming increasingly possible. Yet, to this day, certain hair colours, such as grey, blond, red, and white, don't easily absorb the light as well. There are hopes that technological advances will eventually catch up and make this possible.

The best time to get laser hair removal done is now, seeing that your skin’s pigment has not changed due to exposure to the sun. Once your skin is tanned, having the necessary “contrast” between the skin and hair is harder. If you want to obtain a better chance at hair removal success, now is the time.

Like everything in life, there are always risks, and the extent of those risks will naturally vary from person to person. When considering laser hair removal, your esthetician will review the possible side effects to ensure that you are well prepared if they occur. The most common side effects are pigment changes and skin irritation. There is always a chance that laser hair removal may darken or lighten the skin of treated areas or that the skin may be red, uncomfortable and a little swollen; however, these symptoms should disappear within several hours.

When anticipating results, it’s important to note that hairs do not fall out immediately, but the hair in the treated areas should shed over a period of days to weeks. With additional treatments, the hair growth will be significantly reduced as the laser beam is most effective with hair follicles in the new growth stage. While some hair removal may last for several months for some individuals, others might enjoy hair-free areas for years. Results will vary on several factors.

Ready to bid farewell to unwanted hair and embrace a smoother, carefree you? Don't wait for the sunny days to return – take the first step towards effective 'hair-riddance' today! Connect with a registered skincare professional, schedule a consultation, and embark on your journey to radiant, hair-free skin. Whether you're curious or committed, now is the perfect time to book your appointment and unlock the beauty of laser hair removal. Let the countdown to confidence begin!

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