Preparing Your Skin for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is the most effective way to get rid of unsightly body hair, but you need to prepare for the treatment so that your skin comes out smooth and less irritated. The experts at Nads Laser Hair Removal have shared their best tips for preparing for a smooth treatment:

  1. Use a new razor and plenty of shaving cream to shave the area 24 hours before the appointment.
  2. Avoid sun exposure, tanning, solariums and fake tans before the treatment because your skin needs to be of its natural colour for the best results.
  3. The hair roots must be present in the follicle for laser treatments to be effective, so avoid waxing or plucking before your appointment.
  4. Your skin needs to be clean and bare so that the hair removal equipment can work properly, so skip using deodorants, moisturisers or any other skincare products.
  5. Your therapist will ask about your medical history as well as any medications you are on, so be prepared to give them all the details.
  6. It often takes about 10 sessions for the hair removal process to be completed, so make sure you stick with it until you get the desired results.

Removing Unwanted Body Hair Without Shaving

The average woman is very busy these days. Unfortunately, in all the chaos important personal tasks like shaving often get put off for another day.

Luckily, there are easier methods for removing unwanted body hair than just shaving. The following are the three most popular hair removal methods:

  1. Waxing. While waxing gets the job done, it can be quite painful, expensive, and often leaves little bumps of regrowth behind. Not only that, but it’s hard to do yourself so many women must make regular trips to the salon.
  2. Electrolysis. This method uses a needle-like electrode that destroys the root of each individual hair. It’s not something you can do from home, however, and requires several sessions to complete an area. This means it can become quite expensive if you have to go back often.
  3. Laser Hair Removal. This has become the most popular way to remove unwanted body hair, and you can even do it at home with a personal laser hair removal machine. The laser works by damaging the hair follicle, effectively reducing hair regrowth. This option is more permanent than the others and less painful, but still requires multiple visits to complete.


Skincare Beauty for Every Age

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF), about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to ageing caused by the sun.

In our 20s, we do not yet see the effects of UV exposure on our skin because our cells turnover at a relatively quick rate.

The best strategy in our 20s is to wear sunscreen, avoid long term sun exposure and start a solid cleansing routine.

In our 30s, fine lines, wrinkles and sunspots start to surface, causing many of us to run to our dermatologist in search of a solution.  We can’t turn back time, but exfoliating will help.  This is one of the best tools to help promote faster cell turnover, smooth skin texture and even out skin tone.  Now is the time to start using a richly moisturising eye cream.

The 40s is the time to bring out the big guns.  If you overlooked skin care in your 20s and 30s, you will really start seeing the results in your 40s.  Cell turnover and collagen production have significantly slowed down at this point in your life, making continued exfoliation and moisturising even more important.  Look for skin care products that contain peptides to help increase skin firmness and reduce the look of wrinkles.

Skin in your 50s tends to be dry and thin, mainly because of fluctuating hormones due to menopause.  Reduced estrogen results in dryness and a loss of collagen and elastin causes crepey skin.  Keep exfoliating (either mechanically with microdermabrasion or chemically with peels) and use products containing retinoids, hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Choose creams over lotions because they provide a more intense level of moisturising.


Nourish Your Skin with Natural Food Based Products

“Natural ingredients have been used for centuries by natives from all over the world, and have demonstrated their proven effectiveness time and time again,” says Vicki Engsall co-founder and product director of The Jojoba Company.

“People are becoming more conscious about avoiding chemicals in their diet and in their skin care products, and are choosing to use natural alternatives in order to avoid a chemical overload,” she said.

Coconut – provides superior hydration because of its high concentration of fructose and glucose, says Vicki, making it a marvellous ingredient for those with dry, dehydrated skin.

“It will also soften, cleanse and condition the skin,” she adds.

Coconut’s antiseptic properties enable it to repair and heal the skin, too, while acting as a moisture barrier.

Acai Berry is hailed as one of nature’s super foods and acai berry supplements are a must-have for the ultra health conscious.  This fruit is deemed to also have a multitude of benefits when applied topically.

Corinne Morley, in-house beauty expert for Trilogy, explains why the brand makes use of this purple berry in some of its products.

“It’s known to nourish the lipid barrier and stimulate the regeneration process by encouraging new collagen production,” says Corinne, which makes it an essential ingredient for those wanting to combat premature signs of ageing and maintain healthy, glowing skin.

“Acai berry is also jam-packed with antioxidants such as phytosterol that conditions the skin.  It’s like a healthy meal for your skin,” she says.

Papaya and Pineapple

Corinne says that ‘papain’ a natural fruit enzyme derived from papaya, is made up of sugars, enzymes and AHAs that help break down and loosen dry, damaged or older cells from the surface of the skin, promoting brighter, more radiant skin.  It also contains vitamins A and C, which makes it a powerful wrinkle-fighter and free radical-protector, she explains.

Pineapple is equally brilliant for dull lacklustre skin.  Corinne says, “Bromelain, which is derived from pineapple, is another source of sugars, enzymes and AHAs that help remove dead and damaged skin cells.”


Laser Hair Removal Considered Safe if Performed by an Expert

Laser hair removal is safe and can be effective when administered by a qualified expert.

It’s important to have laser hair removal done by trained, certified and qualified experts.  Anyone considering this kind of hair removal should ask to see the clinic’s certifications and ask about how the staff are trained.

Some laser hair removal clinics use the services of a doctor certified in dermatology or cosmetic surgery and who has experience with laser hair removal.

Laser hair removal is an important procedure and it is recommended that you schedule an appointment to discuss the procedure and what to expect from it.  One thing which surprises many people is that more than one treatment may be required.

Hair does not grow continuously.  A hair follicle grows for a period, stops and grows more later.  As laser treatments are only effective when the hair is growing, successful treatments may require two or three visits.