Wednesday, 4 November 2020

THINKING OF LASER HAIR REMOVAL | KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE


Are you considering laser hair removal? If so, it is crucial that you know your skin type. Laser treatment is becoming an extremely popular choice amongst both men and women as a way to get rid of unwanted body hair. Shaving and waxing are some of the tedious daily processes we undergo to remove hair from different parts of our body, and the result is sadly not permanent. But, when it comes to lasers, the process is fast, convenient and a long-term solution. However, there are some things you need to know before arranging your first appointment for laser hair removal treatment. One of the most important and basic things you should be aware of are: skin types.

You might be thinking what is there to know about skin types? First of all: what are the types of skin colour? Essentially, there are six different skin types which are categorised below:

Type I: Caucasian - It is sensitive to sun rays but does not get particularly tanned. It burns easily.

Type II: Caucasian - This type of skin is extremely sensitive to the sun, burns easily when you go out and results in minimal tanning.

Type III: Light Olive/Asian - The skin changes colour to light brown when tanned. Due to its sensitive nature, it sometimes burns in prolonged sun exposure.

Type IV: Dark Olive/Asian - The skin tone changes to moderate brown when receives sun exposure. It is minimally sensitive to the sun and burns.

Type V: Light African/Indian - This type of skin colour is prone to excessive tanning. However, it burns rarely and is insensitive to the sun.

Type VI: Dark African/Indian - Due to its sun insensitive nature, the skin never burns and is highly pigmented.

Why is this impportant and how will knowing your skin category help you when undergoing laser hair removal? It is important to consider how does the laser beam work on different shades?

During the treatment, the laser light must pass through the layers of the skin to reach the hair follicle. Skin that is deeper in tone converts the light into heat by absorbing it. Then, the heat affects the hair follicles, stopping their growth and development. Performing laser on darker shades, therefore, is a challenge because of the higher level of melanin present, which inhibits the light from penetrating the sub-epidermal layers of the skin. For this, several sessions may be required to get the best outcome.

Similarly, if your skin is fair and has blond hair, the process can also be challenging and tough. This is because fair skin does not have enough pigment to absorb the heat. However, with advanced and developed hair removal treatments, specialists have successfully removed unwanted hair from men and women with all skin types. Another problem faced in those with deeper skin is that the laser fails to distinguish between the skin and the hair because of the similarity in colour. Laser hair removal treatment works best when the skin and the hair colour contrast to each other.

Laser therapy is thriving in the beauty industry because of its benefits. The light of the laser beam is attracted to the colour of the hair. Consequently, if your hair is darker than your skin, the light will go for the follicles and leave your skin undamaged. With different types of lasers available for various skin types, it is no longer a concern if your skin and hair colour match. You can still achieve the smooth, hairless skin you desire by getting in touch with trained laser hair removal specialists.

Thank you for reading, please comment below your experience with laser hair removal. I know my sister had approx eight sessions to her face and she noticed that as she is darker complected it took slightly longer to see results. Have you considered laser hair removal? Would you recommend it to others? Comment your thoughts down below. Hope you had a great Halloween. Take care. 

Have you tried or considered laser hair removal

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Kiran

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