Summer Skin: How to Make the Most out of Laser Hair Removal
The summer sun is shining, the pool is open, and you're ready to put on your cute suit and head out for a swim. But wait. You forgot to shave. And that's not all - you're out of razors. Now what?
Laser hair removal is a nonsurgical procedure that can stop the possibility of this type of scenario from ever happening. This popular permanent hair removal option ranks third when it comes to nonsurgical procedures in the U.S., according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. If you're considering a laser treatment, understanding how to maximize the effects is a part of the process that you shouldn't skip.
What can you do to get the most out of your laser hair removal? Take a look at how you can get better results from this cosmetic treatment.
Stay Out of the Sun
This tip isn't only a pre-laser treatment 'do' - it's one you should always follow. While there may have been a time in your life when you happily slathered on tanning oil and fried, it's likely that you now know the dangers of the sun. UV rays (both from the sun and the man-made ones from a tanning bed) can damage DNA in skin cells, leading to melanoma and other types of skin cancers.
Along with the dangers of repeated sun exposure, newly tanned skin may make it difficult for the laser to find and remove all of your hair. Laser hair removal focuses on melanin pigments in hair follicles. This helps the laser to destroy the follicle without harming the skin that surrounds it. Newly tanned skin may make it a challenge for the laser to correctly identify what is a hair follicle and what is smooth skin.
With improvements in laser technology, modern treatments are better able to find and target follicles, instead of attacking tanned skin. But that isn't to say you should tan immediately before a removal procedure. While today's lasers are much more precise than the ones used in the early days of laser hair removal, it's preferable to reduce the risk of a potentially blotchy result and skip the tanning session.
Keep in mind that tanning causes skin damage. If you have a recent sunburn, you should wait to get a laser hair removal. Use a broad-spectrum SPF sunscreen in the weeks leading up to your procedure.
You're about to give up shaving, so why should you start this journey by having to shave again? Instead of the laser having to target long lengths of hair, it's easier (and often more successful) if the laser only has to destroy the hair that's in the follicle and under your skin.
Even though shaving is advisable the day before, or morning of, your procedure, avoid waxing and tweezing. These hair removal methods will make it a challenge for the laser to work correctly and may mean that it can't identify the hair follicles.
Keep All Appointments
Laser hair removal isn't a one-time-and-you're-done type of procedure - it's likely that you'll need between four and six laser treatments to see the full effect. The laser will target hair that's in the active phase of growth, which means it can't destroy every follicle during one session.
Skipping sessions may set you back. If you miss a session or end the treatments too early, you may still have actively growing hair follicles that remain. This means that you'll still have to shave, wax, thread, or tweeze to keep your skin hair-free.
Are you ready to ditch the razor? Contact Woman's Clinic PA for more information on this nonsurgical procedure.
Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be scary if you are not sure what to expect. Here are a few things you should know about what happens during each trimester.
During this time, the egg is fertilized and your baby begins growing. Around the fifth week, you will be able to confirm it with a home pregnancy test. You may begin experiencing symptoms such as morning sickness, tender breasts, frequent urination, exhaustion and bloating. By the end of this trimester, you’ll likely start feeling a little more back to normal.
You’re now 14 weeks pregnant, and your baby is continuing to grow and develop. Around week 18, you may start feeling your baby moving around. It is also around this time that you’ll be able to find out the sex of your baby. Some symptoms you may be experiencing include dental issues, back pain, leg cramps, swollen feet, difficulty sleeping and hemorrhoids. You may also develop stretch marks or a linea nigra on your belly.
It is now week 28, and both your baby and your belly are continuing to get bigger. During this time, you might experience varicose veins, heartburn, difficulty breathing, aches and Braxton Hicks contractions. As you get closer to your due date, your doctor will check for signs of labor. By week 40, your baby is ready for its arrival, but don’t panic if it decides to come a little bit late.
Pregnancy can be a challenging time, but it will all be worth it when you hold your baby for the first time. To get relief from pregnancy’s aches and soreness, schedule an appointment with the prenatal massage therapist at Woman’s Clinic P.A.