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Hair removal for a smooth fake tan result

2 Min Read Friday 15th April 2011

Hair removal needs to be carefully co-ordinated with your sunless tanning treatment in order to get the best results.

Read on for your one-stop guide to removing hair before and after your fake tan!

Banishing unsightly hair is often an important part of our grooming regimes. But how should we fit hair removal into our tanning schedule?

There are many different ways to remove unwanted hair from the body, whether that is through shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, sugaring or longer term laser treatments. Various methods can strip fake tan and it is important to know how your chosen hair removal method fits in with your self-tanning or spray tanning treatments.

It is recommended that you avoid any tanning products if you are having laser hair removal and you may need to wait until your tan fades before you can begin treatment. This is because energy from the laser is absorbed into the skin and tanned skin will naturally absorb more of this energy, decreasing the focus on the hair follicles and making your laser hair removal less effective. Always discuss this with your laser consultant for accurate guidelines.

Shaving should be carried out at least 24 hours before a tanning application. Following your tanning treatment, it is worth avoiding shaving until the colour has settled as this will remove your gorgeous glow. If necessary, a very sharp razor used lightly can remove any regrowth and loss of your tan can be minimised with regular moisturising.

If you are tanning after waxing, sugaring or using depilatory creams it is recommended that you wait a day or two between your hair removal procedure and your spray tan to allow the pores to close. This will reduce the effect of dark dots that can appear on areas such as the legs and give you a more even tone. When it comes to follow-up hair removal after your tan, it is wise to wait as long as possible before removing any hair as you will also remove your tan in the process.

Carefully planning your hair removal can help you to enjoy tanned, beautifully smooth skin for longer.

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