There are two types of UV radiation which cause premature ageing and also increase the risk of cancer. Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Sun protection can also prevent skin pigmentation and wrinkles as it is the best product for anti-ageing
We at The Angel Laser Clinic recommend you avoid tanning before and after your laser treatments as your skin is more sensitive and it increases the risk of side effects like hypo and hyper pigmentation. Before we can treat your hair or pigmentation with an Alexandrite laser, you should wait at least 4 weeks after exposing your skin to the sun. For veins, venous lakes and hair removal with the Nd: Yag laser, the minimum waiting time is about 2 weeks after sun exposure. You also need to be really careful with the sun after your laser treatments because the risk of sun burning and discolouration is higher; usually the waiting time is at least one week before you can expose your skin to the sun. If you are tanned then we need to lower the settings to avoid damaging your skin and thus making the treatment less effective. More likely tanned clients require more treatments than those who are pale.
You should wear at least SPF30 or greater (preferably a total sun block of SPF 50) whenever you are outside, especially on the areas that you want to be treated with the laser. Usually people think that they do not have to wear sunblock if it is not sunny, but this is not the case, UV radiation is reaching your skin through the clouds as well. You need to read the product instructions to know how often and how much you should apply.
Sunless tanning creams also change the skin’s pigmentation levels and these can stay on your skin for weeks. It is important to avoid these creams / fake-tans for at least one month before having a treatment with us, otherwise the laser can target your fake tan along with your hairs’ melanin and this can cause serious side effects.
To stay safe and youthful – use SPF 50 every day!
To book a consultation with us at The Angel Laser Clinic or to find out more about laser treatments and sun protection please contact us. We are located in North London (Angel).