While it is recommended to wear sunscreen every day, most of us only use it during the summer when we go to the beach. The truth is, you pretty much need sunscreen all the time, especially if you are undergoing laser hair removal in the summer months. It is critical that you protect your skin from being burned or damaged by sun exposure following and prior to a laser hair removal treatment. It will surely interfere with not only your laser hair removal treatments but your health as well.
Since laser hair removal cannot be performed on tanned skin two weeks before and two weeks after sun exposure, it is best to wear sun hats and protective clothing that will shield the skin from the sun. However, you should double up that protection with an application of an SPF of 30 or higher. Don’t even bother with anything lower than 30–it won’t work. Also, look out for sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection for both UVA and UVB rays.
This ensures your skin will be completely safe from sun burn or discoloration.
Don’t just rely on makeup or a daily moisturizer to be your only source of SPF either. It’s fine to use multi-tasking products in conjunction with a primary sunscreen, however, be aware that makeup and skincare touting high SPF protection usually does not have the power needed to fully protect you from the sun. On top of that, you generally won’t apply enough of the moisturizer or foundation to get an effective result anyway. Go for a separate facial SPF to fully protect your skin, and if you spend most of your day outside, reapply every two hours. Some highly reviewed and recommended facial SPFs include the Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 for Face ($30), the Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream ($21), and the Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Daily Sunscreen, SPF 50 ($12.99).
SPF for the body is especially crucial for those of us getting laser hair removal on large areas. Even if the area is not directly exposed to the sun, apply sunscreen anyway, because the sun’s powerful rays can penetrate through clothing. Some highly recommended sunscreens for the body include Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($25), Aveeno HydroSport High Spectrum SPF 30 ($10.99), and the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++ ($35). Use any of these products to protect your Satori smooth skin this summer and beyond.