Soon it will be time to shed the parkas, sweaters, and boots. There are parts of your skin that will see sunlight for the first time in months. If you haven't hit a warm destination this winter (don't worry, you're not alone) it's time to start thinking about prepping your skin for shorts, tanks, and (gasp!) bathing suits. Scrubs and creams aside, I decided to take a more drastic approach to my summer prep this year. Laser hair removal is something I've been contemplating for years, but after a few very reassuring and positive conversations with friends who had completed the process, I recently began to take it more seriously. I actually met Heather Meehan of Bareskin Medspa at a Pure Joy Home holiday event last November and decided to finally take the plunge. A magic laser that permanently removes unwanted hair? Sign me up!
I couldn't be happier with the results so far. I've completed two full treatments and already see a very drastic difference. So at the risk of sounding like a "how to" manual, here is everything you need to know!
- I recommend doing your research first, because although it's a very common procedure, it doesn't come cheap and you really want to make sure you trust the person holding the laser.
- The best time of year to do this is during the winter months. A minimum of 6-8 sessions is recommended, with a space of 4-6 weeks between sessions. You should avoid the sun up to 14 days after treatment (because of increased sensitivity) or make sure the area being treated is properly covered with sunscreen.
- No waxing or plucking the area being treated in between sessions (shaving is totally fine). The laser targets the root of the hair, so it will reduce the effectiveness of the treatment to pull the hair out by the root.
- Laser treatment is not effective on hairs that are white, blonde, or even ones that contain orange or red pigments. Hairs containing melanin (medium brown to black pigment) are best candidates for treatment.
- There is no guarantee of permanence and some degree of annual maintenance may be required. This might mean one session per year, or maybe none at all. It depends on how your hair reacts to the treatment. Many places may use the phrase "permanent hair reduction" since there is no guarantee of complete removal.
- There is the risk of skin discoloration in clients with higher pigmentation (darker skin tones).
- It doesn't really hurt. I'm not gonna lie, there is slight discomfort in more sensitive areas, but nothing compared to waxing.
- Length of the session depends on the size of the area being treated, but on average it only takes about 20 minutes.
For those interested and local to Fairfield county, I highly recommend Heather at Bareskin Medspa. You can call 203-323-7546 to make an appointment (consultations are free). I took advantage of the promo they are running now (Buy 3 sessions, get 2 free) which expires on 3/31.