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Laser Hair Removal and Tanning

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
by John Doe

Laser hair removal is an effective and popular method of hair removal today. It is a particularly successful method of hair removal for people with pale skin and dark hair. During treatment some of the light energy gets absorbed by the skin before it reaches the hair follicles. Darker skin absorbs more energy than lighter skin, causing discolouration. However, it is not the end of the world for people with fake tan.

Laser hair removal technology has continued to develop over the years and now incorporates skin cooling devices and longer wavelength lasers for safer hair removal. Newer machines are designed to reduce hyper-pigmentation and the risk of burning to make the hair removal treatment safer for those with darker skin. Experts also advise to turn down the laser energy during treatment of a patient who has fake tan applied. There is less risk of discolouration while destroying unwanted hair follicles.

If you have fake tan and want to get laser hair removal it’s a good idea to wait until the tan fades and plan the hair removal treatment between fake tan applications. Although it can be a little irritating to wait for the tan to fade, it is a much better option when you are planning to invest in laser hair removal treatments. If you undergo the treatment while you still have a fake tan (or natural tan) then you may not see the best results possible, and risk discolouration of the skin too.

Another option is to do your research and search for a laser hair removal clinic or specialist that uses the latest technology that are compatible with dark or tanned skin tones. Always let your laser technician know that you have a fake tan.

If you just had a laser hair removal treatment, you will want to show off your hairless tanned skin but you must remember to avoid fake tanning until the tenderness of the laser remover has subsided. The time required will vary between individuals. Laser treated areas are usually very sensitive and should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Always use sunscreen that has SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin.

Laser hair removal treatment is available for people with all types of skin. Experts have developed new technologies to accommodate patients with darker skin tones however, people with fake tan or naturally darker skin should do their research thoroughly and seek advice of their tanning consultant before undergoing treatment.