September 16, 2022 4 min read

Laser hair removal is a popular treatment for people who want to get rid of their unwanted hair. It works by sending pulses of light energy that penetrate the skin and target the pigment in the hair follicle, causing it to atrophy and eventually die off.

It's importantnot to have any sun exposure before or after treatment because this can cause burns or other skin damage. If you're going to be outside or wearing tight clothing afterward, make sure there's plenty of room around your treated area so air can circulate freely. Also make sure not to shave right before your appointment because this could irritate your skin and cause bleeding during treatment. Finally, keep in mind that results vary depending on factors like hair color, thickness, and density—the darker and thicker your hair is, the better results you'll see!

“Can I do laser hair removal and sunbathe?”, “Can I laser hair removal having tanned skin?” These are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about laser treatment. We will clarify all of them in the text below.

You will find out what the limits are related to laser and sun hair removal, and you will also check out tips on how to ensure safe results andavoid skin damage during treatment.

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Before some tips of before after laser hair removal care, let’s see some benefits of it

  • No pain! Unlike with waxing or plucking, laser hair removal doesn't hurt at all.
  • Long-lasting results! After just one treatment, you'll see significant reduction in hair growth over the next few weeks. And these results will last for months!
  • Convenience! With laser hair removal, you don't have to worry about scheduling appointments around your busy schedule—it can be done in just 15 minutes! Plus, there's no need for multiple visits like with other methods of hair removal like waxing or plucking.
  • No stubble! Because laser hair removal works by targeting the roots of your hair instead of the surface like other methods do, there's no risk of getting those dreaded prickly stubble hairs after a treatment like you would with other methods like shaving or using an electric razor.

Can I sunbathe before laser hair removal?

Not. You should avoid sunbathing in the area that will be shaved at least 15 days before the session.

After all, the sun can be a big enemy during laser hair removal treatment.Skin hyperpigmentation can cause damage as well as impair the results of the procedure.

How many days after laser hair removal can you get sun?

Just as care must be taken beforelaser hair removal, care must be maintained for some period after the procedure. This is because the skin will be more sensitized and sun exposure can cause burning, redness and even permanent stains.

In the first three days after the session, avoid direct sunlight even when walking on the street. Always look for a shade and be usingsunscreen with a minimum protection factor of 60FPS.

In addition, it is also recommended to avoid exposing yourself to the direct sun from the beach and pool for the next 15 days in the shaved region.

Risks of sun exposure during laser treatment

“But what if I happen to be exposed to the sun during treatment, what can happen?” In this case you are subject to a series of damages to the skin, such as:


If the laser is applied to a skin that is already sensitized and/or thin due to sun exposure, it is very likely that it cannot withstand this “aggression” and then burns appear.

Spots on the skin

Laser treatment by itself is already a somewhat "aggressive" action for the skin, so you should avoid factors that can potentiate possible damage, such as sun exposure, for example.

During treatment, shaved skin is more prone to increased melanin, in which case, undue sun exposure can cause permanent stains on the skin.

Pre Laser Hair Removal Care

We list below some of the main recommendations to follow before performing laser hair removal. Following them is essential to ensure good results and prevent skin damage.

  • Not being pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • Suspend aspirin use for 3 days before sessions;
  • Not using photosensitizing drugs (minimum 6 months);
  • Suspend the use of manipulated acid creams for rejuvenation for 3 months before the session;
  • Suspend the use of industrialized rejuvenation creams for 45 days beforehand;
  • Arrive for sessions without makeup, with clean skin and trimmed hair;
  • Wear comfortable underwear;
  • Respect the professional's recommendations;
  • Inform any changes suffered in the Anamnesis questionnaire;
  • Do not present any problems or lesions on the skin.

After Laser Hair Removal Care

Now see what are the guidelines to follow after performing a laser session:

  • Avoid bringing your face close to pans with hot food (steam will cause burning and may leave a stain on the spot) if you have done any area of ​​the face;
  • Do not use deodorant with alcohol if you have had armpit laser hair removal for 5 days;
  • It is not recommended to do a sauna for at least 5 days;
  • Avoid physical exercises for 48 hours (as they increase the internal temperature of the body and this will enhance the burning sensation caused by the burn caused in the follicle, causing great discomfort);
  • Avoid taking a hot bath for 48 hours (as it will cause skin irritation and may increase the sensation of heat);
  • Do not wear clothes that are too tight;

Avoid using products that contain alcohol in their formulation.

Evelyn Setubal
Evelyn Setubal

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