Spring/Summer: it’s the season that we all look forward to filled with sunshiny days, clear blue skies, barbecues in the back garden and getting naturally bronzed. However, it’s also the season that requires much more beauty maintenance as we flash more skin to feel as comfortable as possible.
Sigh. Grooming oneself can be such a chore.
If you’re inclined to agree, I may have a solution to take away the stress of shaving, waxing or epilating so you can spend less time defuzzing and more time soaking up the sun. And it’s called laser hair removal.
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Simply put, laser hair removal is the process of eliminating unwanted body hair using a light applied by a licensed and certified laser technician. You can have it done in one key area (like your lower leg or underarms, for example) or all over your body.
The pulses of light emitted by the laser target the hair and the follicle. This ends up destroying the hair at the root so that it cannot grow back. (Hurrah!)
That said, one treatment isn’t enough. The hair needs to be in the growth phase for it to be destroyed, therefore, you’ll only be able to capture each hair in the growth phase if you have several treatments.
How Long Does Laser Hair Removal Last?
Every body is different and so is everybody’s hair, meaning the exact number of laser treatments you’ll need will vary to the next person.
As a general rule of thumb, most people need between 6-8 sessions spaced out every six weeks. In other words, the full treatment can take up to nine months before completion.
Does Laser Hair Removal Last Forever?
You may need to have an occasional maintenance session to ensure your hair follicles don’t regenerate. Keep in mind that hormonal changes, such as those experienced in pregnancy, can stimulate new hair growth.
Even so, laser hair removal treatment usually lasts a long time — I’m talking months or years. But the exact timeframe depends on your skin’s unique hair growth cycle.
7 Huge Benefits of Laser Hair Removal
Although there’s a myriad of ways that women can get rid of body hair, one of the most popular and effective is a course of laser treatments. After all, the benefits of laser hair removal speak for themselves.
1. Each Treatment is Speedy
According to the expert term at Therapie Clinic, each laser hair removal session lasts no longer than half an hour. “Compared to shaving and waxing sessions, which usually take more than an hour to complete, having a laser body hair reduction treatment is perfect for busy women on the go.”
To put this into perspective, you could squeeze in a session on your lunch break at work or on your way home before your scheduled gym class later that evening.
2. Each Treatment is Painless
As well as being quick, each laser hair removal treatment is practically pain-free. Therapie Clinic’s expert team explains: “As the laser beam makes contact with your skin, all you would feel is a sensation that is similar to a rubber band snapping against your skin.
This is minimal compared to the burning sensation some women may feel from shaving or waxing away body hair. However, if you don’t want to feel anything, you can always ask the technicians at your preferred skin clinic to apply a numbing cream on the intended target areas of your skin so that you can relax.”
3. Laser Hair Removal Doesn’t Damage the Skin Like Other Hair Removal Methods
The truth is, women have delicate skin. When your skin is subjected to other hair removal methods, it can harm skin health.
Therapie Clinic’s expert team advises against waxing, shaving or using epilators. “These methods forcefully remove body hair, leaving you with irritated skin, rashes or even cuts.”
4. Laser Hair Removal Keeps Your Skin Blemish-Free
If you shave regularly at the moment, you’re probably familiar with razor bumps. You know, those big, red bumps that can cause itching, pain and blemishes when all you really want is smooth, flawless skin so you can wear the cutest little sundress or your favourite pair of shorts. Wah.
Razor bumps can occur anywhere that’s been shaved, but waxing, plucking and epilators can cause the condition too. Laser hair removal leaves your skin so clear and soft that you could swear it’s been Photoshopped.
5. You Can Say Goodbye to Ingrown Hairs
We all get frustrated with the pesky ingrown hairs that come from an improper shaving technique. It happens when the hair is cut very close to the skin, creating a sharp tip on the end of each hair and causing some hairs to curl back on themselves and grow into the skin.
Ingrown hairs can also be sore to touch and leave your skin with blemishes that you didn’t ask for. Having said that, one of the best benefits of laser hair removal is that you no longer have to experience the discomfort of ingrown hairs again.
6. Laser Hair Removal is a Long-Term Solution
The precision level of laser body hair reduction treatment is unparalleled compared to threading, plucking, shaving and waxing, especially if you complete all the sessions recommended by your chosen skin clinic.
Laser hair removal is especially handy for those who love to travel or are fortunate enough to be able to go on multiple warm-weather holidays each year. It cuts the body preparation time down massively and means you have one less thing to worry about when it comes to achieving beautiful, beach-ready skin.
7. You Save Time and Money
I know what you’re thinking — you don’t have the time to keep going back to a skin clinic every few weeks. Similarly, you don’t have the money to spend on several treatments before you can see the final results.
I totally get it. However, think about how much time and money you would save in the long run. You would get to retire your go-to shaver and stop shaving in the meantime!
Plus, you wouldn’t have to spend extra money on your weekly supermarket shop on body hair removal products. And these savings would soon add up, giving you more cash to spend on other things. Win-win.
Maximising the Benefits of Laser Hair Removal Treatment
Laser hair removal can be a great solution if you’ve grown tired of using other hair removal methods that harm your skin and don’t give you the results you’re after. It’s less maintenance for more precision and skin that looks and feels healthier, i.e. a no brainer if you can afford the investment!
Just be sure to have all the sessions advised by your skin clinic, including follow-up treatments, to maximise the benefits of laser hair removal for seasons to come.