Introduction To Laser Hair Removal

đŸ’„First things first- Laser Hair Removal is the sh**tđŸ’„

Imagine never having to wax, shave or epilate again… it is definitely something all you girls and boys, need to know/be educated about and hopefully, I can help😊!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone- with up to 95% permanent reduction in unwanted hair, saving hours of shaving, dreaded shaving rash as well as those nasty cuts, great for in grown hairs and a long lasting solution!

I also love that this is a treatment is mostly available to everyone. Yes it is great for us girls who can’t be bothered with our legs but it’s also great for any girls with polycystic ovaries, or anyone transitioning to transgender or simply any gym buffs out there who want to be smooth for their shows!

Not only is it great physically on the outside, but can also help confidence mentally💕

 

Where do I start?

Always make sure to research different clinics, look at reviews, talk to others you know who have had the treatment done (if you do) as I personally believe word of mouth is always the best referral and most importantly BOOK A CONSULTATION. As this gives you the best feel of the clinic, the staff, the machine, the laser technicians knowledge and you get to ask any questions you like before you decide if you want to take the plunge!

Consultation Time

Of course, i went to my trusty local Skin Health Spa where I have been going for years, as I feel very comfortable around all the girls and they have always provided me with 5-star service. After being greeted through reception and into the waiting room, I was given a medical history form to fill in with various questions about my personal health as this helps give the Aesthetician/ Laser technician a rough idea if I am suitable for the treatment and what she can and cannot do with me for safety and to have on her records for future. I am then called through into the laser room and asked to take a seat. My Aesthetician sits with me and introduces herself, her qualifications/experience in Laser hair removal and then also gives me a brief overview of Skin Health Spa ethos before running through my medical history form to make sure it is all correct and in order. Now it’s time to be introduced to the laser…

How Does It Work?

Skin Health Spa uses a Cynosure Elite+ℱ Laser machine which is one of the original brands/innovators of Laser and one of the best for Laser hair removal on the market. It has adjustable wavelengths using both Alexandrite and ND-Yag for all you Aestheticians out there, making it safe to use for all skin types as well as being able to target lighter hair colours. That being said if you have white or grey hair this is a no-no as the laser is attracted to the pigment in your hair, so if there is no colour it can’t attack itđŸ‘”đŸ».

Essentially the lasers light energy ZAP converts into heat which passes through the skin and is absorbed by the hairs dark pigment in the hair follicle. This cuts the supply of blood going to the hair follicle and destroys the root without damaging the surrounding cells, inhibiting growth. So, each and every time you come in for treatment you will weaken the follicle, you will notice this more and more as your treatments go on as your hair will become a lot lighter and softer- More of a peach then a wiry Hagrid🍑… Then eventually you will be smooth as a baby’s bumđŸ‘¶đŸ»

What Do I Need To Do?

Your Laser technician will run through a few do’s and don’ts for laser, these are VERY important so make sure you remember.

‱ DO SHAVE- Do not wax, pluck or epilate! You need the hair to be in the root for it to be attacked with the laser – if it’s not there it is just a wasted treatment! Try and shave the day before or on the day of treatment.

‱ NO REAL OR FAKE TAN- This is a biggy, as having a tan changes the pigment in your skin, so your laser settings will not be correct and can result in a laser burn ouchÂ đŸ˜”Â which can scar, blister, scab and all that nasty stuff!  So it’s  definitely better to be safe than sorry- but obviously, if you are having your underarms done it is fine to have tan on your legs, and if you do have a tan you just have to wait 6 weeks for it to fade, then your good to go again!

‱ NO PERFUME, CREAMS OR DEODORANT – Avoid all these on the day of your treatment, you don’t want anything to irritate your skin. The only thing you should apply after is Aloe Vera gel to soothe the area, you should also wear an SPF30 every day on the area you have treated if exposed to the sun- especially the face!

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

On average it takes 6-8 treatments but this all depends on the individual! If you are having facial treatments it is recommended to have a treatment every 4 weeks, but for the body it is every 6 weeks. It is also important to remember there is no guarantee for the hair to be 100% gone- but there is up to a 95% permanent reduction in unwanted hair.

Does It Hurt?

During your consultation after going through verbal communications and your questions, your laser technician will perform a patch test to find the most suitable settings for your skin/hair type and will tell you there and then if Laser hair removal is for you. But no need to fear it will only be a couple of quick zaps, it essentially feels like being flicked by an elastic band also you do have a cooler blowing on you which definitely takes the sting away. It is definitely bearable and oh so worth it, but it all depends on your pain threshold. *You also get given some funky goggles to wear. Once you know the feeling, you get used to it. I now scroll through my phone or read a magazine through treatments and I almost forget I’m having a laser treatment!

Are There Any Side Effects?

Immediately after treatment, your treated area may feel quite warm, look pink/red and be a little swollen but your Aesthetician will always apply Aloe Vera Gel and SPF before you leave and generally only lasts a few hours. But for the next 24 hours you should avoid any sun exposure, sauna, hot showers/bath, the gym as if we need an excuse to get out of that one. So just take it easy and your laser technician will run through any other aftercare!

⚡ There you have it ⚡

A quick introduction to Laser Hair Removal, I hope this helped and if you do have any other questions then please do not hesitate to ask! Or if you want any treatments or topics covering then just hollllaaa

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Welcome To Fitzpatrick/Skin Types

It don’t matter if your black or white…Sorry MJ, in this case- it does.

What is The Fitzpatrack scale I hear you say?!

Well essentially In 1975 Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick developed a way to evaluate a how a persons skin responds to UV exposure in terms of the degree of burning and tanning! (hence the name- I’m going to name a pizza after myself one day- you wait). This system became known as the fitzpatrick scale and ever since has been used by Doctors, nurses and aesthetic practioners to help decide the best/strength of certain treatments like laser and chemical peels.

With it being summer… although not in Britain *shock, sun where art thou? But for many holiday makers and anyone who is interested in aesthetics or considering laser treatments or peels you should hopefully find this helpful and interesting! Watch…well read and learn 💁

SO the Fitzpatrick system consists of six skin types. Starting from type 1 (skin that never tans and always burns) all the way to type 6 (which always tans and never burns).

 

Skin type 1/ Emma Stone: Red, fair hair. Green or blue eyes, pale skin with freckles. Burns very easily, never tans. Very sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 2/ Gwyneth Paltrow: Blonde, darker blondes, red hair. Green, blue, grey and hazel eyes. Pale skin. Burns easily, rarely tans. Fairly sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 3/ Kelly Brook: light brown, dark blonde, chestnut hair. Brown, blue, hazel, green, grey eye colour. Neutral skin colour. Skin is defined by gradual tan, sometimes burns. Sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 4/ Mila Kunis: brown, dark brown, medium brown hair shade. Hazel or brown eyes. Skin is naturally tanned, olive.

Did you know? In lighter skins, signs of sun damage are usually seen through wrinkling and sagging noooođŸ˜Č, thread veins, liver spots and many more. For those who are a skin type 1 with red hair they produce pheomelanin which is mostly ineffective at protecting the skin against UV rays (now you know redheads!).  Which can lead to pigmentation- described simply as ‘colouring’ it can show itself differently depending on the skin type, skin types 1-4 may start with ‘cute’ freckles but as they begin to age they enlarge and can age you visually- Lather on your high Factor! đŸ‘»

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Skin type 5/ Freida Pinto: dark brown to black hair. Brown eye colour. Darker complexion, which never burns tans easily and quickly darkens. Minimally sensitive to UV exposure.

Skin type 6/ Rihanna: black hair, dark eye colour. Dark and deep skin colour, defined by the absence of burns and the ability to obtain a dark tan with ease. Minimally sensitive to UV exposure.

Did you know? Darker skins usually look more youthful for longer, they have inherent protection meaning aging is much slower then it would be for lighter skin types. Those with skin type 6 mainly produce all eumelanin and that is very dark and highly effective at blocking UV rays and protecting the skin against UV damage. But it is a common mistake that people with skin types 5/6 no not need sun protection. While darker skin types have less issues with wrinkling and sagging they are more prone to pigmentation, often seen as sun spots or  ‘dyschromia’ where their skin is no longer that even brown/black tone and now have developed areas of light or dark patches.

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All In All…

I fully believe Protecting your skin at an early age is so, so, SO important! It’s easy, you can literally just start with an SPF in your moisturiser or foundation and there, done. Yes, we all know about the risks of skin cancer as it’s shown everywhere but as I see more and more young’uns hitting the sun beds I think…

 ‘do you want to look good as you can for as long as you can?’ then cover with high factor, simple.

Honestly I laaaaaav to tan but slow bake is better then a quick fry! I promise you will still tan with sun cream on, just take it easy and you will be  a golden goddess/god in no time!

 

I hope this helped you learn something new today and you found interesting if your a skin geek like me!

If you would like to know more about pigmentation, laser hair removal or chemical peels please let me know in the comments below and I would be more then happy to write up a post!

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