Laser hair removal often seems like a great idea when the warmer months arrive and your skin is on show. However, what people often don’t know is that the secret to enjoying smooth, hairless skin in the summer is getting a jump start in the winter. For people considering laser hair removal from Merrillville, Munster, and other Indiana communities, starting treatments at our Valparaiso and Schererville practices in the fall or winter is the best way to get your skin ready for summertime.
In this blog post, we’ll explain why winter is such a great time to start laser hair removal.
Laser hair removal works best on untanned skin and dark hair.
The Lumenis LightSheer® Duet, the device we use for laser hair removal, targets pigment in the hair as it damages the follicle. The treatment is most effective when there is a large contrast between the colors of the hair and the surrounding skin. Take a look at this American Society of Plastic Surgeons video to see laser hair removal works.
The colder months make it easier to avoid sun exposure that can cause the skin to darken and hair to lighten, decreasing the contrast in color.
You’ll have plenty of time to achieve great results.
Hair grows in cycles, and follicles enter different phases of these cycles at different times. Laser hair removal only targets follicles currently in the active growth phase. While the Lumenis LightSheer Duet targets multiple follicles at once for faster and more efficient treatment, you’ll still need several sessions spaced a few weeks apart to treat as many actively growing hairs as possible.
Starting in the fall or winter gives you several months to schedule most of your sessions before it’s time to get back into swimsuits or shorts. It’s a great reason to plan ahead and get a jump-start on smoother skin. Learn more about what you should know as you plan your treatments in our previous blog post.
It will be easier to avoid post-treatment sun exposure.
Because the laser’s heat can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, covering up, staying indoors, and wearing lots of sunscreen are essential following your appointments. While it may be tempting to soak up the sun in warmer months, winter makes it easier to keep your skin protected so you can effectively heal.
It’s a great time for other treatments, too.
Laser hair removal can be combined with other nonsurgical treatments that are also easier to recover from in the winter. Any laser treatments, including IPL, and other services such as chemical peels, also require limited sun exposure. Having these treatments done at the same time allows you to recover from them at the same time, which many people choose to do over the winter holidays.
If you’re looking for laser hair removal in the Chicago area, please contact us online or call (219) 322-3131 (Schererville) or (219) 299-9300 (Valparaiso).