Laser hair removal should not be performed on tanned skin, as it is at risk of burning. For this reason, we recommend you wait at least four weeks after sun exposure prior to starting laser treatment. If your skin tends to hold a tan for longer than this, it is advisable that you wait until your tan has completely gone. In addition to this use of fake tans or sunbeds would make skin unsuitable for treatment.
Waxing, threading, epilating, plucking and bleaching should be stopped four weeks prior to starting laser hair removal treatment, so that there is sufficient regrowth to treat with the laser. If the roots are not present, then the laser treatment will be ineffective.
We recommend shaving one day prior to your laser appointment, to ensure the hair is the correct length. This means that only the root will be present and not surface hair, which can burn on the skin and cause overheating.
Shaving in between laser treatments is also recommended, rather than other hair removal methods.
When attending for your laser hair removal appointment, skin should be clean and free of make-up, tinted moisturisers, fake tans and deodorants.
This article was written by Jane Keena of Complete LaserCare.
Jane qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 at Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth and worked as a senior nurse in the NHS until 2001.
She left to pursue a career in laser hair removal, initially working for Boots the Chemist where she was appointed laser protection supervisor and gained a BTEC award in Laser and Intense Light Hair removal in March 2001.