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Summer Bodies Are Born in Winter: Why Laser Hair Removal in January Makes Sense

As the weather gets dreary and cold, probably the last thing on your mind are shorts, bikinis and warm sunny days. If you’re dreaming of smooth, hair-free skin, however, now is the ideal time to start laser hair removal. Yes, this may seem counterintuitive considering your skin is covered in cozy sweaters and jackets. In reality, winter offers the perfect conditions for laser hair removal. 

Below we explore why January is the best month to begin if you want to have hair-free skin just in time for summer.

Gives You Enough Time for Multiple Sessions

Becoming hair-free doesn't happen overnight. In fact, achieving optimal results with laser hair removal typically requires multiple sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. Therefore winter gives you the luxury of time, allowing you to complete all the recommended sessions before summer arrives. 

Multiple treatments are needed because laser hair removal is most effective on hair in the active growth phase known as Anagen. Since only 20% of hair is actively growing during the Anagen phase, spacing out the sessions every four to six weeks is ideal. It allows you the best chance of catching all the hairs in this stage, resulting in longer-lasting results. 

For example, after three sessions you can expect 35-40% reduction in hair grown, and 75-80% reduction after six weeks. Of course, these types of results can vary from one individual to the next, and should be taken as a general guideline only. 

Less Chance of Harmful UV/Sun Exposure

Summer is ideal to start laser hair removal for a number of reasons. For one thing, you’re busy being active and enjoying the warm weather. But the key reason is sun exposure. Laser hair removal treatments leave your skin vulnerable to UV damage. For this reason you’ll need to stay out of the sun 2-4 days after each session. Nobody has time for that! During winter sun exposure is minimal, allowing you to proceed with laser hair removal without the risk of sun damage or uneven results. 

Furthermore, if you inadvertently get a tan, it can interfere with the effectiveness of your treatment. In fact, most clinics won’t even perform laser on tanned skin, having to reschedule your appointment until your tan fades, ultimately delaying your results.  

You’ll Need to Shave Much Less

This is really good news! If you normally shave during winter then you’ll be happy to know that you can liberate yourself from the hassle of daily shaving. By choosing to start laser hair removal in the winter, you’ll shave less because hair growth slows down even after the first session. 

As your laser treatment progresses, each session will result in substantially less hair growth. By the time summer rolls around, you'll effortlessly flaunt your smooth skin, free from the need for daily shaving rituals.

Imagine the Boost in Confidence 

Picture yourself next summer with impeccably smooth and silky skin. Laser hair removal not only offers a lasting solution for unwanted hair, but it also improves your self-confidence. There is nothing more rewarding than watching stubborn hair gradually fade away, unveiling the beauty of your hair-free, radiant skin.

Take Advantage of Winter Discounts and Promotions

Winter is naturally slower for laser hair removal so clinics will often incentivize clients by offering winter discounts and special offers. Now is a great time to take advantage of these promotions. You can make the process more affordable while still enjoying the benefits of smooth, hair-free skin in the summer. 

While winter may be synonymous with snow and hot cocoa, it's also the ideal time to get your skin summer-ready. With reduced sun exposure, plenty of time to complete all your sessions, plus the added bonus of great discounts, there's no better season to invest in long-lasting hair removal. Your future self will thank you for starting the process now.