Starting any new cosmetic procedure can be intimidating, so we often meet with people who are interested in receiving laser hair removal for a free consultation to answer their questions and clear away any jitters or concerns. Most of the questions they ask include how long the treatments take, what kind of results they can see, and overall cost. While these are all important questions, there’s something else that we often add to the consultation to prep the first-timers.
Committing to a customized program requires more than just coming to your appointments. While hair loss is our primary goal, you also have to think about taking care of your skin before and after treatments.
Do clients have to buy the products?
No one is required to buy the products. However, they usually do after we show them a picture of what could happen if they don’t.
This is folliculitis (inflammation of the follicle). This gentleman came in and had one side of his back treated, and the next day came in for the other. He didn’t use his pre/post care, and as a result his skin suffered the consequences.
Yikes! So what are the pre and post treatments people should be doing?
We highly recommend two products: Hydrogel and Gentle Cleanser, both by Pro-Derm.
How long/often should people use them?
3 days before and 3 days post treatment. Once in the morning and once before bed.
Why are these products so important? What do they do for the skin?
We want our client’s skin to be in what we call a ‘peak state.’ This means properly PH balanced with the Gentle Cleanser and properly hydrated with the Hydrogel.
The Gentle Cleanser is a properly PH balanced cleanser of 4.5 and contains glycolic acid which acts as a mild exfoliant. It also has 40% Aloe barbadensis extract, allantoin, and is enriched with Lavender essential oil.
Hydrogel is an amazing hydrator and healer. Because laser is putting heat into the epidermis, it needs hydration and cooling. Hydrogel contains Omegas 3,6, and 9 in it, which all work to calm the skin. It also has 40% organic aloe that acts as the cooling agent.
Both of these products are free of fillers so a little goes along way. They are also Paraben free and made in Canada.
Do you have a question for our medical estheticians? Feel free to contact us about this or any other of our services, we’re happy to meet with you!