Skincare to avoid when doing laser hair removal

Skincare products to avoid when doing laser hair removal

Summer is just around the corner, and it is the perfect time to start your laser hair removal sessions! As with any laser procedure, whether you are doing it at home or in a clinic, there are some dos and don’ts that you will need to learn about. Today, I’ll discuss the skincare products that should be avoided before, during, and after laser hair removal. These tips will help ensure that you will have a comfortable, safe, and stress-free hair removal experience. Let’s get started!

Avoid exfoliants and peeling skincare products for 5-7 days before and after laser treatment

This no-no is a tough one for me since I love to use scrubs on my legs to get that summer glow. But before doing laser hair removal, it is very important to stop using the following items at least 5 days before your treatment:

  • Alpha Hydroxy or Beta Hydroxy (AHA/BHA)
  • Hydroquinone – this is a topical skin bleaching agent to lighten pigment
  • Retinols and retinoids like Retin-A or Differin
  • Salicylic Acids
  • Sugar/Salt scrubs
  • Benzoyl Peroxide

Since the above list of items is designed for exfoliating your skin and removing dead skin cells, these products can also cause your skin to become extra sensitive. Some of these ingredients can be found in body washes and body creams, so be sure to take a look at the ingredient list on your body products before applying. You should wait at least 5 days after your laser treatment to start using these products again. Laser hair removal causes your pores to open, so let your skin heal and give it a break for a week before going back to any of these skincare products. Read More

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Wondering if you can use laser hair removal all over your body? While from a technical vantage point you certainly can, there are some areas where hair removal lasers work best.

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to permanently get rid of hair from the bikini area, underarms, legs, arms, and even from the face. And as luck would have it, these are the same areas that most people address when they turn to laser hair removal. Read More

Tinted Sunscreens for Summer

Best tinted sunscreen for your face

In all of my years as a makeup artist, one of the biggest complaints I heard was that layering sunscreen and foundation on the face seemed too heavy. I couldn’t agree more–especially with those who have oily skin or prefer to feel nothing on the skin all day. Finding the perfect combo of face sunscreen and the right coverage foundation is like panning for gold in your backyard. It seems impossible to seek out the right combo, especially as the weather starts to heat up. With the popularity of tinted sunscreens on the rise, I was more than happy to take a look at what was out there and try some for myself.

A bit of a background at what I was looking for: I have combo and super sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts. I prefer mineral sunscreens, and I definitely do not want to shine, but I do not mind a good healthy glow. When it comes to tint, I was looking for something that gave me just a hint of bronze for summer that I could blend down my neck and onto my chest. My skin is fair with redness and an uneven tone, so I was looking for tinted sunscreens that would even out my skin tone and help me look like I got a healthy dose of sunshine. It must be a ‘throw on and go’ type of product that I don’t need to fuss with.

Below are my tinted sunscreen picks as well as picks from other pros. Enjoy!

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face Shade Coconut Glow SPF 30 – $16 for 1.7oz

Pacifica Mineral Bronzing Face ShadeI already love the brand Pacifica, so I knew this was a win. They’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and the price point is usually affordable. When I am out and about on a daily basis, SPF 30 is fine for me, and I prefer UVA/UVB protection. This 20% zinc oxide formula has a medium tan tint that is sheer, and dries down to a semi-matte finish. There is a particular smell to it that I wasn’t excited about, but once it dries down on the skin, it is not noticeable. This tinted sunscreen offers hydration plus protection, and is water resistant for 80 minutes–awesome! <!–more–>

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30 – $13.97 for 1.7oz

CeraVe Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 30I’ve been tempted to try this tinted sunscreen out for myself, and the reviews are good. On Amazon, this product has about 22,000 5 star reviews. One reviewer stated that most mineral-based sunscreens give you a white cast, and this one does not. There are photos on the Amazon page to prove that it not only photographs well, but it isn’t as greasy as some had expected. This one is suited for sensitive skin and keeps your skin moisturized all day. Another plus is that it is fragrance-free and non-comedogenic–need I say more about this drugstore pick?

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 – $14.54 for 1 oz

MyChelle Tinted Sunscreen
I purchased this lovely item before going to Hawaii because it is reef safe, and I planned on doing A LOT of ocean swimming. This is a higher SPF than the aforementioned products, for those that will be spending time in the hot sun. Since this product contains bentonite clay, it can be very drying as the finish is super matte. The coverage was pretty good considering that it is a liquid sunscreen, but it definitely evened out my skin tone. Another reason to love this item is that there is a color range from non-tinted to dark. A customer on Amazon commented that if you get the non-tinted version that you can add your own foundation to it to create a tinted version since there is a white cast with this mineral-based sunscreen. Did it stay on while swimming? Yes, for me it surely did, but I can’t say that it will for everyone, and it is not labeled as water resistant. The brand suggests using a water resistant sunscreen under it if you will be making a splash.

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation – $48 for 1 oz

Ilia Serum Sunscreen

This next product is a bit higher on the price scale, but I am sticking with clean beauty products for this list–and this one is worth it. With 30 shades to choose from, this serum ‘skin tint’ acts as a daily skincare product with added SPF 40 sunscreen. This will give you a dewy finish and a boost of moisture, so keep that in mind. If you’re like me and you are ditching heavy foundations for a more even and healthy glow, this is a good one to try. Ilia is vegan, cruelty-free and has a ‘Clean at Sephora’ stamp of approval.

Perbelle Skin Tone Adjusting CC Cream SPF 43 – $42 for 1.05 ozPerbelle CC Cream

Although I have not tried this product, I have to give Perbelle credit for grabbing my attention! I see an ad for this CC cream every time I log onto Facebook, and the reviews are pretty darn good. Korean-based brand Perbelle claims that this cream goes on clear and adjusts to the perfect shade for your skin tone, and evens out sun spots and any types of discolorations like magic. It contains flower extracts to help with anti-aging and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin moisturized. Another bonus is the addition of niacinamide, which is a powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps brighten the skin. This product does contain fragrance, which was a little turn off for me, but I still want to see what this magic stuff can do!

That will conclude my list of tinted sunscreens to try this summer! Please make sure to read ingredients and make sure there are no irritants that you normally avoid.

How to do laser hair removal at home

Tis’ the season for laser: Your laser hair removal questions answered

As you can imagine, Tria receives a lot of questions about our best-selling product; the 4X Hair Removal Laser. We teamed up with double board-certified Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Karan Lal, to help answer our top five laser hair removal questions that we receive. I’ve included quick links so you can hop to our YouTube video with Dr. Lal to hear him answer the questions himself! Let’s go!

How long does it take to see results with the 4X Laser? Why?

If you are familiar with at-home beauty devices, you may be aware that it does take time and dedication in order to see results. You also have to stay on a treatment schedule (see below: How often should I use the 4X Hair Removal Laser) so that you do not miss an opportunity to disable hair follicles that are in the anagen growth phase.
See us answer the question on YouTube

Hair growth phasesAccording to data collected from our customers and clinical studies, we are seeing that it can take 3 to 6 treatments to start noticing the hair loss. Because your hair follicles have to be in the anagen hair growth phase in order to be effective, it can vary from each person since all of our follicles are in different phases, and each person’s anagen phase can last different lengths of time. It can take 4-6 months’ worth of sessions to see the full results. The thicker and longer hair you have, the longer it can take, according to Dr. Lal. <!–more–>

Does numbing cream or gel work for pain management during laser treatment?

Apply lidocaine cream before doing laser to minimize painSee us answer this question on YouTube.

We get this question a lot. It’s totally understandable as we all tolerate pain in different degrees. Dr. Lal specifies that the hair follicle lies within the fat, so that is why you feel a slight zing when you use the Tria Hair Removal Lasers. He suggests using a lidocaine cream, like LMX 4%, and not a gel or roll-on solution. Dr. Lal also suggests applying a thick dollop and applying saran plastic wrap to help with absorption, wait an hour, wipe away with a cloth, then treat with the laser.

 

 

How often should I use the 4X Hair Removal Laser?

Click here to read our blost post that answers this questionTria 4X LED Screen!

Tria suggests using the hair removal devices once every two weeks, without skipping a treatment. I mentioned the anagen hair growth phase above to describe why it takes more than one session to see results. If you use the laser every day, which some customers had reported that they did, you are wasting not only your time, but laser pulses on your device.

It’s best to mark your calendar to make sure you don’t miss your date with the laser!

Can the 4X Hair Removal Laser help women with PCOS hair growth?

See Dr. Lal answer this question on YouTubePCOS Symptoms!

For women with PCOS, it can be very frustrating and embarrassing to go out in public in fear that someone may see the thick and coarse hair that can grow on the face. In a previous blog post, I talked about how the imbalance of sex hormones can cause uncontrollable facial hair growth in women.

Dr. Lal suggests doing electrolysis for permanent hair removal on the face, but explains that it is extremely painful and expensive. If you can afford it and could tolerate it, then go for it! But for those that want to be discreet and have the convenience of controlling hair growth at home, Tria’s hair removal lasers will do the trick. Keep in mind that you will have to treat the facial hair once every two weeks to control the growth, but it will not be permanent for those with PCOS.

Can men use the 4X Hair Removal Laser?

Man with smooth back

Of course! Tria recommends that men use the at-home hair removal lasers from the neck down, since treating facial hair can cause a burn due to the density. Men can safely treat chest hair, arms, under arms, top of hands, back, legs, and feet. We do not recommend that anyone use the laser near the genital area–anywhere outside of the bikini line is okay.

 

We hope this list helps you decide if Tria is the right product for you to use at home! If you have any questions, please reach out to our amazing customer care team here: customercare@triabeauty.com

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