Mistakes To Avoid Before & After IPL Laser Hair Removal Treatments
1. Stay out of the sun
Stay out of the direct sun before and after treatments. Naturally tanning before and after any IPL laser hair removal treatments is a huge no no. Ideally, you should try and avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 48 - Hours. This means if you are sunburned, or even just tanned, the recently darkened pigment isn't a good mix with laser hair removal treatment. It can cause sensitivity, hyper-pigmentation and at worst a slight burn.
The good news is you can still go in the sun and see results from your at-home laser hair removal device. Just be sure to wear SPF 50+ and if possible, try to cover the skin. Also, an at-home device like the Lumilia Lux™ isn't as painful or intense as laser hair removal technology used in a clinic – this means the light isn't as intense therefore there is a little leeway.
A good tip is to start laser hair removal in the wintertime so that you are ready for those hot summer months. For example, it's good to do your legs in winter when they won't be exposed to the sunshine whereas an area like your armpits won't see much sunlight in the sunshine.
2. Only perform treatments on clean washed skin. Remove all fake tan and makeup
You cannot expect to see results from laser hair removal if your skin has a layer of fake tan or makeup on the skin surface. This will act as a blocker that will stop your at-home laser hair removal device from doing its job properly. Also, again, you will probably smell a slight burn which will be both nasty to smell and feel.
3. Don't wear deodorant before treatments
Like the effect of wearing makeup or a fake tan, you'll feel an uncomfortable or slightly painful feeling along with the nasty burnt smell. This happens because the IPL isn't targeting your underarm skin, it's directly targeting the deodorant on your skin. It's important to avoid using deodorant so the intense pulse light can work correctly, otherwise, you won't see the results you should see.
4. Shave for the best results.
Before you give yourself a treatment, you need to remove the hair. As per our recommendation, you cannot wax, epilate or thread beforehand. You must shave for the ideal results. That's the first step. The second step is ensuring it's a close shave. Be sure to use a good sharp razor, and be sure to shave closely.
Once you've done this, we recommend you start your treatment soon after. Why? Your skin will be as smooth as it can be which means our device will be as effective as possible. Any sort of regrowth or even light stubble will stop you from getting the desired results. Plus, if there is even the slightest spot of regrowth, you'll smell your hair burn. Expect to experience discomfort.
Have more questions? You are welcome to contact us and one of our professional customer service representatives will assist.