Which Season Is Best For Safe Laser Hair Removal
When is the best time for removing hair with laser? It is usually at the spring time when people start to think of laser hair removal. Just before the summer when the long winter cloth are off, the shirts are getting shorter, and the days get warmer, people start planning schedule for laser hair removal sessions.
Having hairy body at the winter is something no one really can notice (except you and your bed partner). When the spring sun and longer days come around, people start thinking of vacations, of new fashion and all the bare long legs that will soon be out and how those legs need to hair free and smooth. It is usually the spring or summer when people think it is best time for laser hair removal.
Understanding The Sun Ultraviolet Rays
The sun sends to earth two kinds of Ultra-Violet rays, UVA and UVB (there is also a deadly UVC but it is blocked at the upper Ozone layers ), the UVA sun rays are reaching earth all year round, these are long wavelengths and like X rays they can penetrate some kind of materials. If you place a colorful cloth in sunlight for a few weeks you will see it fades away – this is the effect of the UVA. Our body absorbs UVA all year round, the same amount in December as in mid summer, in the cool mountains and in the hot deserts, UVA is always there.
The sun ultraviolet shorter waves – UVB are reaching earth only at spring and summer when the earth rotation is closer to the sun. The UVB are less powerful and penetrate only the top skin layers, and not deeper into the skin Basal layers like UVA. It is the UVB which cause us to sun tan and sun burn, and most SPF protection creams are protective only for UVB dangers.
Laser Hair Removal And UVB Sun Safety
Well, it is important to understand some of natures mighty powers to know when is the best time for safe laser hair removal. The safety of laser hair removal depends on using the correct type of laser and following the safety procedures, but it can depend on the harmful sun UV rays too.
When doing a laser hair removal, the skin is flashed with laser light energy, this light penetrates the skin and causes the hair melanin to absorb the light and turn to heat. Just like a dark color car will heat more in the sun than a light colored car. The dark hair heats and gets destructed.
If you check the laser hair removal safety guidelines you will see dermatologists recommend NOT to be in the sun for three days after a laser session. After a laser hair removal session the skin have been abused badly with all the light energy and melanin production can be damaged by this high light energy. Some of the side effects of laser hair removal are hyper-pigmentation (dark spots) or hypo-pigmentation (white spots) and redness, soars, skin burns and blisters.
When you add to this the UVB sun rays, you see, that the skin in its most vulnerable situation needs to be protected from the UVB rays. The best way to protect the skin, is not to expose it to UVB sun rays three days after to a laser session. If you need to leave home, make sure to wear long sleeves shirts, pants and hat (when facial laser is done). Make sure to protect the skin with high rate SPF creams, look for SPF 30 lotions or higher.
The Best Season For Laser Hair Treatments
The conclusion is that the best time for laser hair removal sessions is in the end of Autumn, after October when the UVB rays are getting weaker and less harmful. Because laser hair removal needs to be done in a two week intervals (to capture the hair in it’s growth cycle stage, laser hair removal treatments can take up to two three month to be completed. When the laser hair removal is done at the end of October, the laser sessions stretch deep into the winter month, and the skin which is not getting UVB rays can recover much better and safely between each session.
The Most Dangerous Time To Do Laser Sessions
The most harmful times to start laser hair removal treatment plan, is at the end of spring, when the UVB rays are getting more severe and the skin self tanning (additional melanin production) tries to protect the skin by covering it with a darker layer. Beginning at the end of spring, means the laser sessions will be completed at the peak of the summer, when the body and the skin is exhausted by the constant bombardment of UVB rays. In the spring and summer there are better chances to develop hyper pigmentation (dark skin spots) or worst hypo pigmentation (white skin spots which are permanent and irreversible!).
Unfortunately most women and men begin the laser hair removal treatments at the spring and summer, as this is the time they start wearing shorter cloth and swimming suits and hairy legs, thighs or hairy armpits can not be hidden any more. If this is your case, protect yourself more carefully, use high SPF creams daily, apply them on every 1-2 hours for best protection, walk in the shade, wear hats and cover exposed skin.