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Exercise and Laser Hair Removal Advice

exercise and laser hair removal

Exercise and Laser Hair Removal

Having a busy life throws up some questions, especially when you are short of time. Two of these questions are “Can I exercise before laser hair removal?” and “Can I exercise after laser hair removal?” The Doctors Laser Clinic answers.

Is It Possible to Exercise Before Laser Hair Removal?

Engaging in physical activity before your laser hair removal session is feasible, provided you allocate sufficient recovery time. Vigorous exercise enhances blood circulation to the skin and elevates body temperature, temporarily heightening the risk of skin inflammation. To minimise potential irritation from the laser treatment, it’s advisable to cool down completely after exercising. A cooling-off period of 30 to 60 minutes, inclusive of a shower, is generally adequate. If your body requires more time to return to its normal temperature, ensure you allow for this.

Resuming Exercise Post-Laser Hair Removal

Keeping your body temperature as close to normal as possible for 48 hours after treatment is recommended. A pronounced increase in body temperature through vigorous exercise can result in an unpleasant heat rash. Gentle exercise is not normally problematic after laser treatment.

Post-laser treatment, it’s common for the skin to exhibit mild redness and sensitivity due to the heat applied to the hair follicles, causing slight inflammation. To avoid exacerbating this irritation, it’s best to postpone exercise. Typically, a 48-hour waiting period is recommended before resuming physical activities. If your skin’s recovery is slower, extend this rest period accordingly.

Which Exercises to Avoid After Laser Hair Removal?

Post-treatment, it’s crucial to steer clear of exercises that significantly increase your body’s internal temperature or cause excessive sweating and redness. While low-impact activities like gentle walks or stretching are acceptable, high-intensity exercises such as running, weight lifting, or competitive sports should be avoided for at least two days where possible. Opt for loose-fitting clothing to prevent friction against the treated areas if engaging in light activities.

Planning Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment

Foregoing an exercise session might seem disappointing, but consider it an opportunity for your body to rest. Remember, taking a brief break from your fitness routine won’t hinder your progress. In fact, once hair-free, your skin’s appearance and muscle definition may be more pronounced, offering an added boost to your physique.

More Laser Hair Removal Advice

While we are on the subject of pre and post-advice:

  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Before and after the session, keep the treatment area out of direct sunlight to prevent skin sensitivity and potential complications.
  • Skin Hydration: Make sure the skin is well-hydrated before the treatment. Adequately hydrated skin can help reduce discomfort during the procedure. Drink water after the appointment, too.
  • Avoid Heat Exposure: Hot showers, saunas, and steam rooms pre and post-treatment to prevent irritation and promote healing.

At Doctors Laser Clinic, we understand the importance of integrating laser hair removal into your lifestyle, including maintaining an active routine. Follow our guidance to achieve optimal results from your treatment while adhering to a healthy exercise regimen. If you have any questions about exercising before or after your laser hair removal appointments, please give us a call.

 

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