What you should know before using IPL or Laser hair removal at home

Before I decided to do any permanent hair removal treatment on my own, I went to seek advice from a friend who is a dermatologist, to learn about the process and how can I achieve the best results at home.

She stated it is very important, prior to any laser or IPL hair removal, to get the skin and hair, ready for the treatment. How do you do that? Well there are important steps you need to go through, in order to be safe and to get visible results.

Bellow, you will find a guide, with instructions on what to do before and after your hair removal session.

As I said on my other post, the first at- home hair removal device I used, was based on IPL technology. Either you go for IPL or laser technology, the steps are the same. When I used for the first time Tria 4x, which is a laser device, I prepped my skin the same way I did for IPL, and I had the same result with no side effects whatsoever.

Do’s and Don’ts Before IPL/ Laser hair removal treatment

  • No plucking or waxing for a month before the IPL or laser sessions. This doesn’t mean you’re not allowed at all to remove your hair( that will be a nightmare for any woman). You can remove your hair ONLY by SHAVING.
  • Stay away from the sun at least 2 weeks before the treatment so your skin won’t get tanned. The darker the skin, the less efficient is the treatment. The whiter the skin, the better.
  • Do not bleach your hair before the procedure, again it will lower the efficiency of the device.
  • Before any laser or IPL session, I shaved my hair the night before or 2 days before. So don’t forget to shave! It is recommended the hair has a growth of 1 to 2mm.
  • Please use sensitive shavers for your face. The skin on your face is sensitive, especially around the mouth area.
  • Clean the area you want to treat and make sure you have no lotion or cosmetics on your hair or skin. You can wash it or clean it with a antiseptic wipe, it’s your choice. The only cream you can use is a numbing cream if you have a lower tolerance for pain ( some people use it, some don’t ).
  • No chemical peels for a 2 weeks period, prior to any laser/IPL treatment.
  • If you are on antibiotics, postpone your treatment. Because they are a photosensitive medication, they have an effect on your skin, by making it more sensitive to light. As laser is a light-based procedure, there’s a risk you’ll get burned or hyperpigmented.
  • You should wear protective glasses for laser hair removal. Even tough some people disapprove I would say they are a must. They protect your eyes and if the googles are used it in a salon clinic then for sure I’ll use it at home. They are not expensive at all.

Do’s and Don’ts After IPL/ Laser hair removal treatment

  • Very important to stay away from the gym, sauna and to not take hot showers in the first 24-48 hours. After your laser/IPL session, the skin stays heated for hours and if you go in a hot environment, like a sauna, you’ll be creating a lovely warm environment for bacteria, where they can grow and multiply and give you spots.
  • Do use a cooling gel after the treatment. It will reduce the heat applied on the skin from the hair removal sessions. I use Tria Smoothstart and my sister uses a gel, based on aloe vera. It helps moisturise and sooth irritated skin. Due to its anti-inflammatory proprieties, the aloe vera prevents infection as well, so I highly recommend you use one after each session.
  • Don’t apply perfumed products on the treated area at least for 24 hours.
  • Don’t wear clothing that will irritate your skin. Let your skin breathe, by avoiding synthetic and tight clothes, including pantyhose.
  • Again, no waxing or plucking between treatments. You don’t want to remove the hair from the follicle. The hair needs to fall out naturally.
  • Avoid the sun at least 2 weeks after you had a hair removal session. Same goes for the fake tan. If you really can’t avoid it, then make sure you use a sunscreen with high SPF for protection, to avoid the skin getting burned or pigmented.

Make sure to follow these steps and I’ll guarantee, you  too, will get amazing results, either you go for a IPL or a  laser hair removal device. Just be consistent with your treatment, that’s all!