Laser Hair Removal is a method of permanently removing hair by targeting hair follicles with a highly concentrated beam. During this process, you may lose irritating hair. This is a safe and dependable method for reducing hair growth and providing long-term relief from unwanted hair. Because light beams are sent directly to your skin, you should exercise caution for a few days. Following the procedure, your skin becomes more delicate. As a result, it is critical not to be harsh on your skin for a few days. If you do, your skin will be severely damaged.
So, after getting laser hair removal, you should follow some guidelines. Your skin care products should be limited in this period. But your skin needs proper care too in this delicate time.
As a result, there is some confusion about what to use and not to use to care for the skin properly. Lotion, a popular skin care product, is a common source of confusion.
In this article, I’ll discuss whether or not it’s safe to use lotion after laser hair removal. If you’re still confused, stick with me.
Can I Apply Lotion Following Laser Hair Removal?
Because highly concentrated light is passed through your skin during this process, your skin becomes extremely sensitive, and it takes time to resolve the situation. Fortunately, in most cases, proper recovery takes only 2-3 days.
In this case, lotion can be helpful. However, not all creams can be used.
It is best not to apply any product to the area for the first 24 hours after the treatment. During this time, your skin is susceptible and reacts to everything. Use only scent-free and alcohol-free body lotions if you’re desperate for miniaturization. Apply a small amount at first to see if it irritates your skin. You can apply it if it does not irritate your skin.
Your skin has recovered slightly after 24 hours. You can now use scent-free and alcohol-free lotion if you prefer. Continue in this manner for the next 48 hours.
After three days, you can resume using your regular body lotion. But be cautious and start with a small amount. You may proceed if you do not feel irritated. However, you should not use it if you are irritated. Continue to use the scent-free one for a few more days.
It is always best to consult with your cosmetics specialist. They can advise you on the best one to use.
In short, your skin will be sensitive for the first 72 hours following laser hair removal. So, avoid using any lotion that may cause irritation or harm during this time. As a result, you should prevent scent-free and alcohol-free lotions that do not contain irritating ingredients.
Other Things to Consider: Below, I’ll discuss some common skin care issues that may arise following laser hair removal.
1. Exposure to the Sun
You should limit your sun exposure for at least a week as much as possible. After the treatment, your skin becomes very fragile, and the Sun can cause severe damage to it. As a result, you should avoid spending as much time as possible in the Sun. I’m not suggesting that you stay at home for a week. You can go out but wear sunscreen. However, applying sunscreen within 72 hours of the treatment is risky. In that case, you can either avoid going out or protect your skin with a hat, cloth, or another physical barrier.
2. Having a Shower
After the treatment, you can take a cool shower. It won’t be a problem. However, because your skin is sensitive, avoid using icy water. You could also take a shower with lukewarm water. However, do not take a hot shower or bath for at least 48 hours. Your skin cells are delicate, and hot water can easily harm them.
3. Applying Deodorant
If you use this treatment to remove underarm hair, you should inquire about using Deodorant. No, is the answer. Deodorants contain fragrances that irritate your sensitive skin. As a result, you should avoid it for at least 48 hours after the treatment.
4. Applying Makeup
For the same reason, you should avoid wearing Makeup after laser hair removal. Your skin is sensitive during this time and requires adequate healing time. Makeup ingredients can harm your skin’s delicate cells. I know you don’t want this to happen. So, avoid wearing Makeup for 48 hours after the treatment.
Exfoliation is necessary, but not when your skin is irritated. Exfoliation should be avoided for at least a week after laser hair removal. Exfoliation is rough on your skin and can cause damage and irritation. Similarly, you cannot use a scrub on the treated area for at least a week. Exfoliating, scrubbing, or scratching will aggravate the situation.
Lotion and other skincare products are unquestionably essential and beneficial to your skin. However, you should exercise caution when using these immediately following laser hair removal. Be patient, and make sure that whatever you use does not irritate your sensitive skin.
Avoid products with added scent, alcohol, or other cruel ingredients that dry out your skin.