The improvements in laser technology have evolved substantially within the past 10 years. Laser hair removal can now effectively treat a wider range of hair colors and skin types. Nevertheless, because laser treatments can make your skin photo-sensitive, it is best to avoid sun exposure for 30 to 60 days to avoid burning or skin discoloration after your laser hair removal treatment in Melbourne. After that time, a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is typically recommended.
If you are considering laser hair removal, here are some general guidelines regarding the effects of sun exposure on your treatment:
- Tanning before your laser procedure may make your treatment less effective. This is because lasers pick up on the darker hair pigments. In general, the darker your skin, the more difficult it is for the laser to detect the hair follicle.
- Do not tan in between your laser treatments, as this could increase your risk for skin discolouration or burns.
- Self-tanning lotions may reduce the effectiveness of your laser session. Tanning products cause the skin pigments to darken, thereby redirecting the laser’s energy to the skin rather than the hair follicle.