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Best Skincare After Laser Hair Removal On Your Face

By DeAndrea Douglas
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Since the moment I hit puberty I’ve had a mustache. Not one like a man, but enough to make me self-conscious about it. It was so bad that a middle-school classmate would make fun of me for it daily. My parents wouldn’t let me shave it or get it waxed, but they would let me bleach it. I was happy to take whatever I could get to try to hide it if I couldn’t get rid of it. It was better than nothing until the mean girls in high school took it upon themselves to point out that I had a blonde mustache in front of everyone at lunch. After that, I broke the rules and started shaving.

Needless to say, we all grow some kind of unwanted hair and we all have some kind of trauma. Shaving was working but I was getting tired of having to do it every other day to stay smooth. Plus, my body decided to play me even further by making me grow a few thick chin hairs that I had to get rid of too.

Fast-forward a little over a decade and I am finally getting laser hair removal on my face and threw in a round of underarm laser hair removal treatment too for another boost of confidence.

I’m nearing the end of my treatments and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Something I worried about after my first laser hair removal session was if I was going to irritate my skin by washing my face using some of my staple products. Luckily, I already had the best skincare for after laser hair removal on hand! I love to use serums morning and night so the biggest change I had to make was to not use them for 5-7 days after treatment and not reintroduce exfoliating for 11 days.

The main thing to remember when treating your skin after getting laser hair removal is to act like you have super sensitive skin. You essentially do this for the next few days following your treatment. You should clean your skin with mild soap and a moisturizer that does nothing but moisturize. Your skin will be a little irritated because zapping follicles with a laser is, as you can imagine… irritating. Treat your skin like it’s extra sensitive for a few days after treatment to ensure you don’t cause further irritation. These are the products that I use for my morning and nighttime skincare routines after my laser hair removal treatments.

Morning Skincare After Laser Hair Removal On Your Face

Morning Routine

farmacy gentle bee cleanser

FARMACY

Clean Bee Gentle Cleanser

I have been using this cleanser for well over 2 years. I love the subtle honey scent. It’s perfect for morning cleansing because it’s so gentle. There is only so much that would need to be washed off after a night of sleeping and this cleanser definitely gets the job done.

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BELIEF

Aqua Bomb Hydrating Toner

I got this one after Primera was no longer widely available in the US. My skin absorbs this toner pretty quickly and I’ve noticed that I’m a little less oily since adding it to my routine. I still kind of miss the Primera Berry Toner, but this one is pretty good too.

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belief aqua bomb hydrating toner
the ordinary natural moisturizing factors with ha4

THE ORDINARY

Natural Moisturizing Factors

I never thought a moisturizer that’s less than $20 and has cute packaging would work so well. A little goes a very long way and my skin is instantly moisturized.

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SUPERGOOP!

Unseen Sunscreen

SPF should be a staple in your skincare routine regardless of your laser hair removal treatment status. I’ve been slathering this on every morning for years and won’t stop anytime soon.

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supergoop unseen sunscreen spf 40
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ROSEBUD PERFUME CO

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

I always keep at least two tubes of this for backup. It works just like Vaseline, but without oddly drying my lips out. My lips just don’t like Vaseline. They love this.

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Nighttime Skincare After Laser Hair Removal On Your Face

Nighttime Routine

origins checks and balances frothy facewash2

ORIGINS

CHECKS AND BALANCES FROTHY FACE WASH

This is the first cleanser I got after I graduated from drugstore cleansers. It smells minty and lathers like no other. I have strayed from using it many times but I always come back.

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BELIEF

Aqua Bomb Hydrating Toner

This is included again for all of the same reasons I mentioned earlier. My skin really likes it. It doesn’t feel like straight up water like some toners do. It feels like it has the extra razzle dazzle that your skin will like.

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belief aqua bomb hydrating toner
the ordinary natural moisturizing factors with ha4

THE ORDINARY

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Again, this is a product that I use morning and night because it really gets the job done. I use it every day, not just after laser. It’s even better that it is less than $12 for 3.3oz.

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VASELINE

Original Healing Jelly

At night I like to take the extra step of locking in the moisture by using an occlusive. Vaseline is an OG for this and is very affordable.

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vaseline
tatcha kissu lip mask

TATCHA

Kissu Lip Mask

I got a trial size of this in a sampler pack when I needed a trial size of their Silk Canvas Liquid Primer to put in my carry-on. I used it and almost immediately put it in my cart.

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Can I Wash My Face After Laser Hair Removal?

Yes, you can wash your face after laser hair removal. Just make sure it’s a gentle cleanser with no exfoliating, brightening, or other treatment properties.

Can I Use Moisturizer After Laser Hair Removal?

Yes, you can use moisturizer after laser hair removal. Just like with your post-treatment face wash, make sure it’s a pretty basic moisturizer and not one that has additional treatments in it like glycolic acid or lactic acid. You want your moisturizer to only be hydrating.

What Is The Best Moisturizer After Laser Hair Removal?

The best moisturizer to use after laser hair removal is the one that won’t irritate your skin. There is no need to run out and buy a whole new skincare routine. The moisturizer you have already is probably fine as long as it’s not targeting any skincare issues like dark spots, hyperpigmentation, or acne.

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