Understanding Laser Hair Removal and Tanning
Smooth skin and a gorgeous tan go together like Jim and Pam or Ross and Rachel.
Okay, so maybe not quite like a love story from a network sitcom, but still, you get the idea!
If you decide to treat yourself to the hair-free skin you’ve always wanted, good for you! You’re busy enough with the everyday responsibilities of life. Take one of them off your plate, and never worry again about shaving, waxing or any other hair removal method!
But before you book your consultation and set up that first appointment, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts that come with laser hair removal. Your hair-free journey can be truly enjoyable, but there are rules in place — especially when it comes to tan skin — that, if followed correctly, will make it the joy you want it to be.
Continue reading to find out more!
Laser hair removal and tanning seem like they would pair well. Is that the case?
Context matters with this question. If your laser hair removal treatments are finished and your hair-free goals have been met, then yes! What a beautiful aesthetic: hair-free and tan skin!
But it’s a different story if you’re either just starting or in the midst of laser hair removal treatment. You want the best results with no complications, and tanning — whether it’s outside, with a sunless tanner or in a tanning bed — usually will lead to adverse results with the wrong laser. We’ll get into more detail about that a little later.
… discuss tanning protocols with your laser hair removal provider before beginning treatment to ensure the best, safest treatment for your hair-free quest!
What complications can happen with tanning and laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal is so effective because the laser concentrates on the root of the hair follicle. It works best when it is easy to distinguish between hair and skin.
The laser settings used during your treatment should be based off your natural skin tone and hair color. If you have more melanin in your skin — which is caused by tanning and tanning beds — the more likely you’ll experience a complication.
That’s because the laser may struggle to distinguish between hair and skin. This can potentially lead to reddened skin, discoloration, or worse, burns. Additionally, when your skin isn’t its natural tone, it’s harder to get the consistent results you want.
Are there any lasers that make it safe to get laser hair removal with a tan?
In recent years, more sophisticated lasers have come on to the market. For example, the Soprano Ice Platinum laser has settings that can safely and effectively treat tanned skin or skin that isn’t its natural tone.
Still, clients must wait seven days following sun exposure to allow any sun-induced inflammation or sunburn to subside, otherwise the laser hair removal treatment can’t take place.
What’s the most important lesson when it comes to laser hair removal and tanning?
The biggest factor when it comes to any discussion about laser hair removal will always be safety. So be sure to discuss tanning protocols with your laser hair removal provider before beginning treatment to ensure the best, safest treatment for your hair-free quest!