If you’ve been keeping up with your laser hair removal this past winter, you may be eager to show off your gorgeous skin now that the weather is warmer. Taking good care of your skin afterward is crucial for seeing optimal results, however, and that includes avoiding direct sun exposure. Even during the colder months, protecting your skin from the sun is going to keep it looking healthy and beautiful. But that doesn’t mean you can’t venture outside at all this summer. Instead, you should use these tips for keeping your skin safe from sun exposure.
What Happens After Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal, like FDA-cleared Vectus®, uses a concentrated beam to destroy hair from the follicle, discouraging regrowth. After your procedure, your doctor will give you information about properly taking care of your skin. You may experience temporary redness or swelling, so ice the area on and off for a few hours after the procedure. Your skin will also be sensitive to the sun, so it’s imperative that you keep yourself protected, says the American Academy of Dermatology.
While protecting your skin from sun exposure is important for keeping your skin healthy post-laser treatment, avoiding sun damage can also prevent skin cancer, uneven skin tone, and even premature signs of aging. The best way to maximize the effects of your laser treatment and keep your skin beautiful and healthy is to avoid sun damage.
Protecting Your Skin
The easiest way to protect your skin is to use sunscreen. Make sure it’s at least SPF 30, and apply it half an hour before you go outside. To protect your face, find a tinted moisturizer or foundation that contains sunscreen, so you feel confident that you look your best while taking good care of your skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation has a list of protective ingredients, such as avobenzone, ecamsule, octinoxate, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide, that they recommend when you’re selecting a sunscreen. To keep vulnerable areas protected, put on a wide-brimmed hat and wear denser fabric.
This isn’t such a problem in winter when you’re usually bundled up, but the cold weather doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Wear sunscreen every day, even when it’s overcast, raining, or snowing. This is the best way to avoid damaging your skin. Invest in some clothing that contains SPF, like a sun shirt, so you can enjoy being outside without worrying about sun damage. If you need to do something outside, pick a time early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid when it’s strongest—this is typically between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Beyond the Sun
This also goes for tanning beds—both natural light and artificial UV light can wreak havoc on tender skin, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you really can’t go without looking bronze, consider using a self-tanning lotion that contains SPF. There are plenty of temporary bronzers that wash off in the shower or with makeup remover, though if you’re looking for something with more sticking power, consider a buildable self-tanning lotion that you apply gradually over the course of days or weeks.
The good news is that the same UV rays that damage your fragile skin also contribute to aging, spider veins, and even skin cancer, according to the AAD. Taking care of your skin by sticking to a consistent sunscreen regimen can actually keep you looking younger and healthier!
Laser hair removal can give you the confidence you need to flaunt your beautiful skin this summer. Just remember to keep taking care of your skin and use these tips to avoid any future skin damage from the sun. If you’re considering laser hair removal, keep these tips in mind so your skin can remain beautiful, healthy, and hair-free.