Can I still have laser hair removal if I have a tan?
If you have a suntan or have used fake tan, you will not be able to be treated straight away as it is possible to have a reaction to the laser.
This is due to the fact that UV, (Ultraviolet) exposure stimulates the melanin activity in your skin and that laser hair removal predominantly works by targeting melanin in order to destruct the hair follicle from producing hair.
When tanned, it is advised to wait 4 to 6 weeks before resuming your treatments. You will be required to have a patch test on the areas being treated to ensure that there is no remanence of an active tan.
Lasers can not distinguish between the active melanin in the skin and the melanin in the hair.
If your aesthetic practitioner feels that your skin is tanned, the procedure will have to be postponed, to allow the tan to fade and a patch test will be required to commence your treatments safely after a minimum of 48 hours.
Suitable for the face and body, a course of treatments is usually required at four to eight a weekly intervals to follow the hair growth cycle. The treatment will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and free from both unsightly hairs and painful in-grown hairs.