shutterstock_293797220If you are tired of shaving or waxing to get rid of pesky, unwanted hair on your legs, arms and elsewhere, now is the perfect time to undergo laser hair removal. Let’s face it, most people think more about hair removal in summer when it’s beach and bikini season, yet scheduling laser hair removal in winter has a number of benefits.

Laser Hair Removal Takes Time. The effect that lasers have on your hair follicles lasts between six and 18 months, however, you may need several treatments before any area of your skin is free from hair. Lasers work by sending high-energy light particles toward hair follicles. The laser interacts with the hair in your dermis, thereby damaging them and stunting their growth. The visible portions break and fall off. By starting treatment in winter, you’ll be ready for shorts weather. Any treatments needed in spring and summer will be mere “touch-ups.”
Less Vulnerable to Sun Damage. Laser treatment makes your skin more vulnerable to damage from the sun for several weeks. Since you wear more clothing during winter, you’ll be less likely to experience skin or pigmentation damage following your treatments. You should also avoid tanning during this time period because it could result in painful burning. Scheduling your treatments in the winter will give your skin adequate time to heal for the warmer months.
More Effective. If you typically get a tan during the summer, your laser hair removal treatment will be more successful in winter as the melanin in your skin has lightened and your tan has faded. The procedure works best on people who have dark hair and lighter skin tones. Laser technology has difficulty differentiating between dark hair and dark skin tones. Note that if you have red, blond or gray hair, laser hair removal may not be as effective and generally requires more treatments.

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