Can you go swimming after laser hair removal?

Can you go swimming after laser hair removal?


Summertime and body hair don’t go together. While you can cover unwanted hair on arms, legs and most other parts of the body during winters, smaller clothing and swimsuits call for a smoother, hairless skin. Nobody wants to miss out on a fun-filled beach trip just because of body hair embarrassment. Women particularly are more conscious about unwanted body hair and are therefore often seen undergoing painful hair removing techniques like waxing and tweezing. Not only are they painful but also the results are highly temporary. So what is the solution then? Laser Hair Removal, obviously!

Laser Hair Removal in Dubai saw a sudden increase in demand with the arrival of summers. If you are also planning to treat your fuzz this summer, mind it there are few precautions that you have to follow to make sure your treatment is a success. One common question that we are asked frequently during summers is “can I go swimming after Laser Hair Removal in Sharjah?”

The answer is simple, no swimming immediately after a laser hair removal session! Lasers not only burn the hair roots deep inside your skin but also cause the skin to become sensitive. The skin remains sensitive for 36-48 hours after a laser session so it is important that you refrain from exposing it to any harsh environment, including the chlorinated water of swimming pool. Swimming in the sea and fresh water lakes is also not recommended for at least 48 hours after laser hair removal.

Nevertheless, laser hair removal is a highly safe procedure with no long-term side effects. It only causes temporary side effects that usually disappear within 24-48 hours. Common after effects of laser treatment include redness, swelling and mild itching at the treatment site. But these are very common reactions from lasers and you don’t need to be concerned about them. While the skin recovers from these reactions, it is important that you protect it from anything that may cause irritation or infection.

Water in swimming pools contains high levels of chemicals bacteria and algae that can irritate a normal skin, let alone skin that has been freshly treated with lasers. Wait for 48 hours and after that you can return to swimming, but with precautions. If swimming in open air water body then it is important that you apply waterproof sunscreen to the treated areas and reapply often. Use a sunscreen with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 50 or above to prevent pigmentation problems.

If you have extremely sensitive skin and it takes longer than normal for the symptoms to subside, wait until your skin has completely recovered before going for a swim.

Some other Dos and Don’ts of Summer Laser Hair Removal include:

  • Avoid sun exposure as much as possible
  • Apply sunscreen generously to avoid pigmentation problems
  • Do not exfoliate treated areas for 5 to 7 days at least
  • Do not take sauna bath or hot showers
  • Avoid all types of tanning, sun tanning, tanning beds and use of tanning lotions

For more details about Laser hair Removal Dubai, contact Laser Skin Care and let our experts guide you. You can also book a free online consultation by filling the consultation form.

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