Laser hair removal often seems like a great idea when the warmer months roll around and shaving, waxing, and tweezing before hitting the pool become a nuisance. What many people don’t know, however, is that the best time to start laser hair removal here in the Westchester, NY, area is in the heart of winter. Starting while the weather is still cold allows you to achieve the best possible results as conveniently and efficiently as possible.
In this blog post, I’ll explain why you should consider scheduling your next laser hair removal treatment before the weather heats back up.
Laser hair removal works best on untanned skin and dark hair.
The laser used for laser hair removal targets pigment in the hair and damages the follicle, preventing or significantly slowing future growth. Because of this, it works best on lighter skin and darker hair, which provides a sharp contrast in pigmentation.
The colder months make it easier to avoid sun exposure that causes the skin to darken and the hair to lighten, decreasing the contrast in color and making it more difficult to get a strong result.
You’ll have plenty of time to achieve great results.
Hair grows in cycles, alternating between an active growth stage and a dormant stage. Laser hair removal only works on follicles that are currently in the active growth phase. Because follicles enter this phase at different times, it takes multiple treatments spaced a few weeks apart to target as many actively growing hairs as possible and create optimal results.
Most people find 3 to 5 treatments is enough to achieve this. It may be 3 to 4 months before you see the full results. Starting your treatment in the fall or winter gives you plenty of time to complete all your sessions and fully recover from them before it’s time to get back into swimsuits or shorts.
It’s easier to avoid sun exposure in the winter.
Because the laser can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, covering up, staying indoors, and wearing lots of sunscreen are essential. Most people find it’s easier to stay shielded from the sun during the winter as they spend time indoors or bundle up in plenty of layers.
It’s a great time for other treatments, too.
Laser hair removal can be combined with other nonsurgical treatments that are also easier to recover from in the winter. Most other complementary treatments and services, such as chemical peels, also require limited sun exposure during recovery. Having these treatments done at the same time allows you to recover from them at the same time, which many people choose to do during the colder months.
Learn more about the best treatments to try during winter in our previous blog post.
If you would like to learn more about laser hair removal in the Westchester, NY, area, please contact us online or call (914) 241-3003.