Laser Hair Removal

Caring for your skin after laser hair removal

Laser hair removal provides people with a convenient, quick and simple solution to unwanted hair. However, after each session, it’s important to follow a few crucial steps to preserve the condition of your skin and elevate the hair-free results. 

One of the most important things to be aware of is which products you should and shouldn’t apply. It’s a question we’re frequently asked too so we thought we’d reveal all in this blog.

Products to avoid

For the first 2 days, it’s important that you give your skin time to heal. Typically, we advise customers not to put on any perfumed or cosmetic products. This also includes fake tan – but we’ve written an entire separate blog on that topic. 

Depending on where you had the laser hair removal treatment, you may also need to avoid makeup for the first few days. Topical creams and harsh products – including those prescribed by doctors – should also not be put onto the treatment area after laser hair removal. 

Products to use

Aloe vera

Aloe vera based gels are ideal for allowing the skin to heal post treatment. Although the laser machines we use at Surrey Laser Clinic are completely pain-free, it’s still important to soothe your skin afterwards. Aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the treatment area for the first 2-3 days. Then, you may continue using your typical skincare products. 


It’s really important you keep the treated area out of direct sunlight. Even if there are no signs of irritation, the sun’s powerful beams may cause skin irritation, making the area sore and red. If you do go outside, be sure to cover up and wear SPF 30+. Artificial UV sources like sunbeds should also be avoided. 


Your skin needs to be kept clean so it’s important to clean the treatment area with a mild cleanser. Products designed for sensitive skin are ideal for this. If showering or bathing, keep the water temperature at a medium to cool heat for the first few days. 


Again, moisturisers designed for sensitive skin are great to use after laser hair removal treatments. Keep the skin clean and hydrated in between treatment sessions too. 


In the weeks after your laser hair removal, hair follicles will be destroyed and fall out. It’s important that you exfoliate your skin during this period to promote healthy skin growth and renewal. For this, use a cloth and mild scrub wash, working in circular motion over your skin. You can do this 2-3 times a week for best results. 
Considering laser hair removal? Got a burning question? Perhaps you want to discuss your options?. Either way, our team of experts would be delighted to help. Simply get in touch and we can answer your questions, talk you through the process and arrange a free patch test.

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