*Last Updated: October 2017*
Hair removal, or de-fuzzing as most of my mates and I call it, is an intensely personal part of our day to day life. For those of us with especially coarse hair, or dark skin patches it can be more than just uncomfortable; it can and often is embarrassing.
But, let’s face facts summer is here and what’s a girl to do really?
I mean, we can’t go out the way we are, and we can’t spend the entire summer swathed in burka style clothing, so obviously we need an alternate solution. The alternate solution, I turned to at seventeen was Home Laser Removal.
As a particularly hairy girl with a hormone problem, I have always found trying to get rid of my body hair a bit more of a problem than my friends, I have also found that finding a even semi-permanent or even permanent hair removal solution or even the myth of one is enough to make a lot of us skip over safety precautions or adhere to strict doctor given advice.
So, I decided to find a way to help out first time HLR-ers (Hair Laser Removal) and here is your ‘need to know’ issue so that you now have help navigating the seas of Safety 101 and what it is you need to be aware of when it comes to laser hair removal at home and ensuring you buy a safe hair removal machine for yourself to ensure you get the best laser hair removal results also!
The Safety Question – Are Home Hair Removal Devices Safe?
Home Laser Hair Removal can be both safe and can be a risk – it’s all up to how closely you follow the instructions provided. The hair removal machines, laser hair removal systems and IPL hair removal units that I have recommended on laserhairremoval.me are all safe to use. They have all been cleared by the FDA and approved for use and also clinically proven.
The other side of the coin in regards to laser hair removal safety comes down to the user him/her self. If you follow the instructions and also the usage guidelines you will be fine. The ball (or should I say device) is in your court.
Where Should We NOT Use the Permanent Hair Reduction Device?
Almost all hair removal devices will tell you where they are safe to use and where they aren’t. Not all devices are safe enough for your face or sensitive areas so read my reviews on each product to find out whether you can or not. The newest hair removal device to the market is theh one you should use for facial hair removal system (this machine is the best laser hair removal machine for sensitive areas aswell, such as the bikini line and genital areas).
Also, make sure whatever you do your laser is nowhere near your eyes at any time, and that you use laser goggles to protect your eyesight as you do test out your new Laser.
What Can You Do to Minimize the Risks of Laser Hair Removal?
- Firstly, the best way to minimize your risk is to read up and have a clear idea of what skin type you are and what skin type the machine you are about to use is suited for. Each individual home laser removal device is suited to a specific skin tone based on the light wave it projects, and it needs to be used based on those specifications, in order to avoid unnecessary risks.
- Secondly, invest in laser hair removal safety goggles to protect your eyes (Recommended)
- Thirdly, to reduce any risk of doing laser hair removal at home side effects and injuries, invest in the best numbing cream for laser hair removal that your money can buy (Recommended)
- Fourthly, apply antiseptic and calming cream to the area following the laser hair removal treatment. Everyone will experience a sensitive sensation after doing hair removal, that is part in parcel of wanting a permanent hair free solution (Recommended)
Click here to read more about safety products to use with an at home laser hair removal system.
What about Meds and Sunbathing?
Remember that with permanent hair removal, even when practiced at home can be an invasive treatment and as such you need to double check if you have any concerns regarding any medication . You need to be as clean as the proverbial whistle as you test out this new process or at the least talk it out with your doctor!
As for the sun being your best friend again, not until at least two weeks, you could risk burning yourself pretty badly without the melanin in your skin there to protect you.
All in all, the best thing that can be said about laser hair removal even with home devices, it’s all about how we choose to use them and how well we adhere to the instructions provided with them.
Also remember that these devices have been made for the ‘common-woman’ and ‘common-man’ without any sort of clinical training so there is no need to panic, they are made for people like you and me, so it’s not going to be a replay of some scene from Final Destination! Instead think of beaches and Rio, because that hairless version of J.Lo is who you are going to feel like pretty soon!
Read my Q&A Laser Hair Removal for more information.