Winter is here. And while you may be feeling a little disappointed with the chilly weather and limited daylight hours, there is a positive to this season: it makes the perfect time for laser hair removal.
Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up a list of the top five reasons why winter is the best time for laser hair removal. So, if you’ve been considering banishing your unwanted hair for good, here’s your green light.
1. You’re Less Exposed to the Sun in Winter
For the safest and best results, it’s important to ensure your skin hasn’t been exposed to the sun for approximately two to four weeks before beginning laser hair removal. As such, winter often makes the best season for starting the process. Plus, winter clothes cover more than summer garments and can help shield your skin from the sun in the weeks before your first treatment.
Minimising sun exposure after treatment is also vital. Your skin is more sensitive after laser hair removal, so exposing your skin to the sun after laser hair removal treatment can lead to damage. And conditions such as hypo- and hyperpigmentation can occur, which causes white and brown spots to appear. So, be mindful of how sensitive your skin will be in the weeks following your treatment and avoid exposing targeted areas to direct and prolonged sunlight.
2. The Process Works Best on Pale Skin
Although advances in technology mean that more skin tones and hair colours can receive laser hair removal than ever before, the treatment still works best on those with pale skin and dark hair. This means that winter (a time where your skin is naturally lighter due to its reduced exposure to sunshine) is the ideal season for receiving the treatment.
Just as a natural tan can affect the outcome of laser hair removal, a fake one can too, meaning you should avoid self-tanning lotions and sprays for one to two weeks before treatment. So, if you like to stay looking bronzed all summer long, be sure to plan your laser hair removal in winter instead. If you have a tan at the time of your appointment, treatment may need to be postponed.
3. You Can Be Hair-Free by Summer
For successful hair reduction, multiple laser hair removal treatments are needed. Therapists generally recommend a schedule of several sessions spaced four to six weeks apart. Although you’ll likely see results after two to three, additional appointments are typically needed to ensure hairs in all stages of growth have been disabled.
By beginning your laser hair removal journey in winter, you’ll provide yourself with sufficient time to be hair-free by summer. And let’s be honest, wouldn’t it be great to hit up St Kilda Beach any time you want without having to worry about whether you shaved or waxed recently.
4. Avoiding Perspiration and Pools is Easier
Laser hair removal can be performed at any time of the year. But, certain lifestyle and aftercare factors make receiving treatment in winter more practical than summer.
After laser hair removal, it’s essential to avoid any activities that cause excessive perspiration until all redness has subsided. This is a lot simpler in winter than summer when just heading outdoors can cause you to break a sweat.
You should also avoid swimming pools and spas that are treated with chlorine or chemicals until your skin returns to normal. And, while this is often an easy task in winter, it can be challenging with the temptation of a refreshing dip on a hot day.
5. It’s Budget-Savvy
Planning laser hair removal for winter not only makes sense for your skin but also your wallet. As the weather gets colder, we tend to retreat indoors, swapping days at music festivals and nights at rooftop bars for cosy time on the couch with our favourite Netflix shows. And, if you’re spending more time at home, you’re spending less money, meaning you have more cash to put toward laser hair removal.