What to Do (and What Not to Do) Before Your Laser Hair Removal Appointment


Laser hair removal has revolutionized the way we approach unwanted hair. It offers a convenient and long-lasting solution for those tired of constant shaving, waxing, or plucking. If you have an upcoming laser hair removal appointment, proper preparation can help optimize your experience and ensure the best results. In this blog, we will explore what you should and shouldn’t do before your laser hair removal session.

Do Shave the Treatment Area

One of the most crucial steps before laser hair removal is shaving the treatment area. This helps the laser focus directly on the hair follicles without any interference from the hair shaft above the skin. Shave the area the day before your appointment, ensuring a smooth surface for the laser to target. Avoid other methods like waxing or plucking, as they remove the hair from the root, making it difficult for the laser to effectively treat the follicles.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Before your laser hair removal session, it’s important to avoid direct sun exposure or tanning beds. Sunburned or tanned skin can increase the risk of complications during the treatment, such as pigmentation changes or burns. If you can’t avoid the sun, make sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to the treatment area.

Say No to Tanning Products

Similarly, it’s essential to refrain from using self-tanning lotions, sprays, or tanning beds before your laser hair removal appointment. These products can darken the skin, making it more susceptible to the laser’s heat. Optimal results are achieved when the laser targets the melanin in the hair follicle, not the surrounding skin.

Consult with Your Technician

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with your technician before the appointment. They will provide you with specific guidelines based on your skin type, hair color, and the targeted treatment area. Clear communication with your technician will ensure a safe and effective laser hair removal experience.

Avoid Using Retinoids and Exfoliants

A few days before your laser hair removal session, it’s recommended to avoid using products that contain retinoids or exfoliants. These ingredients can make your skin more sensitive, increasing the risk of irritation or discomfort during the treatment. It’s best to stick to gentle cleansers and moisturizers in the days leading up to your appointment.

Skip Perfumes and Lotions

On the day of your laser hair removal session, avoid applying any perfumes, lotions, or oils to the treatment area. These substances can interfere with the laser’s ability to target the hair follicles effectively. Keep the area clean and free from any products that may create a barrier between the laser and your skin.

Stay Hydrated and Maintain Overall Skin Health

Hydrated skin responds better to laser treatments. Drink plenty of water leading up to your appointment to keep your skin well-hydrated. Additionally, maintaining overall skin health by moisturizing regularly and following a healthy skincare routine can contribute to optimal results.

Use These Products

Before each electrolysis appointment, we recommend using Schick Hydro Silk Touch Up Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool to prepare your skin before coming in for your appointment. We also recommend using LMX5 Lidocaine Pain Relief Cream at least 30 minutes before your next electrolysis appointment.


Preparing for your laser hair removal appointment is crucial to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize any potential complications. Follow these do’s and don’ts to ensure you get the most out of your session. Remember to consult with your technician, maintain proper skincare, and adhere to the recommended guidelines. With each laser hair removal session, you’ll be one step closer to achieving smooth, hair-free skin that lasts.

Finding the Right Treatment for You

If you’re dealing with unwanted hair growth and would like to give laser hair removal or electrolysis a try, book an appointment with us now so we can get it taken care of asap! Don’t keep shaving hoping this will be the last time, knock hair growth out at the source. If you’re ready to start your journey of getting rid of unwanted hair, schedule an appointment by giving our team a call at (862) 283-1243.