Can I Get Laser Hair Removal in the Summer?

Posted on: June 12, 2024

Laser hair removal is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures and effective method for achieving long-lasting hair removal. While sometimes body hair can be caused by hormone imbalances or certain medications, it is perfectly normal to have body hair. Whether you choose to keep it or not is up to you! Many are drawn to laser hair removal because of the time savings that result from no more shaving (or ingrown hairs!) thanks to the permanent hair reduction.

If you’re choosing to undertake laser hair removal, it’s important to avoid sun exposure post treatment while taking precautions during the summer months. Understanding how to manage sun exposure and timing your laser hair removal sessions can help you achieve the best results while protecting yourself in the weeks prior and post treatment.

How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal uses concentrated laser pulses to remove unwanted hair. The lasers target the pigment in hair follicles, generating heat that damages them and slows future hair growth. Hair follicles can be treated only when in the active hair growth phase, which is why more than one treatment is needed. While you may not think you see results immediately, you can expect to see the results of each session one to three weeks after your session is complete– starting from the first treatment.

Historically, laser technology worked best on lighter skin tones with dark hair. Newer lasers with technology like Nd:YAG is able to treat various skin types including dark skin tones, light skin tones, and both light and dark hair by adjusting wavelengths and settings to minimize damage.

No matter your skin tone and hair type, Nd:YAG laser technology is a safe and effective hair removal method. When choosing a clinic, be sure to choose a laser clinic with experienced laser technicians and the right technology to offer treatment for every skin and hair type.

Can I Get Laser Hair Removal in the Summer

Timing Your Laser Hair Removal Sessions

Laser hair removal is a treatment that takes more than one session. It requires multiple laser treatments to achieve optimal hair removal results and although results vary, most patients usually need anywhere from 6 to 8 sessions. These laser hair removal sessions need to be spaced several weeks apart, which means the entire laser hair removal process will take several months. This timeframe means that depending on when you’re starting treatment, the process will happen over multiple seasons, including the summer when sunny weather is at its peak.

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe in the Summer?

A common concern is whether you can do laser hair removal during the summer. The general laser hair removal guidelines recommend avoiding exposure to the sun, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to skip treatment during the sunnier months. The key is to take specific precautions to protect your skin while still getting the benefit of removing unwanted hair year round.

Some areas of the body, such as the underarms or bikini area, are naturally shielded from the sun most of the time. These areas can be safely treated even in the summer, as they are less likely to be exposed to harmful UV rays than areas like the legs or face. By focusing on these less exposed areas, you can continue your laser hair removal journey without interruption.

Can You Go in the Sun During Laser Hair Removal?

You can go outside during your laser hair removal treatment period, but it’s important to follow certain precautions to protect your results. Here are some guidelines of what you should and shouldn’t do after being treated:


Wear SPF

Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. This helps protect the skin in your treatment area from harmful UV rays and prevents tanning, which can interfere with your laser hair removal treatments.

Choose a sunscreen that is formulated for sensitive skin types, as a laser treated area can be more sensitive to irritation. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.

Stay Covered 

Wear protective clothing to minimize any exposure to the sun for your treated areas. This includes long sleeves, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses. You can even choose clothing with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) for added protection.

Lightweight, breathable fabrics are ideal for staying cool while keeping the right areas covered post treatment.

Wait Several Days After a Session

Avoid direct sunlight for at least 48 hours immediately after each laser hair removal session to allow your skin to heal properly. During this time, the treated area will be extra sensitive to UV rays and exposure can lead to burns or pigmentation changes. Even if you’re just going outside briefly, make sure any treated area is well-covered.

Can You Go in the Sun During Laser Hair Removal


Let Yourself Tan 

Avoid getting a tan, either from the sun or from tanning beds. Tanned skin can increase the risk of side effects such as burns or discolouration and reduce the effectiveness of laser hair removal. If you becomes tanned in the weeks prior, you may need to delay your next laser hair removal treatments until the tan fades and you return to your natural skin tone.

Swim or Use a Jacuzzi 

Refrain from swimming in pools with chlorine or using jacuzzis for at least 48 hours after your laser hair removal treatment. Chlorine and hot water can irritate skin post treatment, potentially causing redness, itching, or even infection.

Also, stick to cool showers to soothe the skin and avoid any harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures after laser hair removal.

Expose Treated Areas to the Sun 

If you’ve had laser hair removal on body parts that are normally exposed to the sun, like your full legs or face, avoid direct sun on those areas.

Direct sunlight can increase the risk of burns and other skin damage after laser hair removal. If you have to be outside, make sure these areas are fully protected with clothing and sunscreen.

What Happens if I Go in the Sun After Laser Hair Removal?

Accidental sun exposure can happen, but it’s important to take immediate steps to care for your skin if this happens. If you find yourself exposed to the sun after a laser hair removal session, here’s what you should do:


Use a gentle, hydrating moisturizer to soothe your skin. Look for products with calming ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients help reduce inflammation and keep the skin hydrated, promoting faster healing.

Avoid Further Exposure 

Stay out of the sun as much as possible to prevent additional damage. If you have to be outside, make sure you’re fully covered and continue to apply sunscreen regularly. This helps prevent worsening any damage caused by the initial exposure.

Rebook Your Next Appointment

If you’ve had any significant exposure to the sun, let us know. You’ll need to wait at least two weeks leading up to your next laser hair removal session to allow your skin to return to its normal state. This precaution helps reduce the risk of possible side effects and ensures the laser treatment is effective.

Continue Using SPF

Keep applying sunscreen regularly to protect your skin and prevent further damage. Consistent use of SPF not only protects your treated skin but also helps maintain the overall health and appearance of your skin, reducing the risk of premature aging and skin cancer. You should always wear daily SPF to protect your skin, even when you’re not doing laser hair removal.

Book a Laser Hair Removal Treatment Any Time of Year at You Derma

At You Derma, we believe that with the right precautions, you can safely do laser hair removal at any time of the year. By understanding the importance of timing, taking the right precautions post treatment, and knowing how to care for your skin, you can enjoy the benefits of laser hair removal while keeping your skin healthy and protected.

Don’t let the seasons dictate your beauty routine— remove unwanted hair for smooth skin all year round with You Derma!

If you’re ready to start your laser hair removal journey, book an appointment at our Ottawa clinic today. Our team is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring your hair removal experience is both safe and effective. It’s time to toss the razors and skip shaving for good!

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