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The Sun, Laser and Me

At the NYLC we want to provide accurate, honest information and advice to all of our clients regarding Sun exposure and the effects it can have when having laser hair removal treatments.

Understanding What Tanning Does To Our Skin

It’s important to understand what happens to our skin before learning the effects of having active melanin and being treated with laser. When a person tans, it is their top layer of skin, the epidermis, where your cells change in pigment. When we expose ourselves to a lot of UVB rays our body produces melanin, the pigment that is the reason why you tan. When we are thereafter exposed to UVA rays the body goes into a “protection mode” and darkens. It is a way of protecting itself against too much light.

When a tan starts to fade this is because new cells have been generated and are slowly pushing the old cells up and away from your skin.

What is Laser Doing To My Skin?

At The New York Laser Clinic, we use a medical grade, gold standard machine called Candela which is an extremely high performing, results driven device that ensures our clients are getting the best out of all their hair removal treatments. It’s important to understand that laser works by targeting & heating up melanin (brown pigment). Our aim by using certain, bespoke settings for you is to ensure that the laser is treating the melanin in your hair follicle and not damaging any melanin on the skin’s surface. If there is a lot of melanin in one area it can make it harder for the laser to distinguish between the two.

Are There Any Risks?

If the laser does find it hard to distinguish between the hair follicle and the skin, there is a small risk of pigmentation. Pigmentation will fade given time dependent on the individual. We ask clients to wait 4-6 weeks after tanning prior to coming into the clinic.

After having a laser hair removal treatment, the skin is more sensitive and more susceptible to burning and pigmentations, so we advise clients to wait a minimum of 2 weeks before tanning.

How Can These Risks Be Prevented?

Always wear a high SPF, at NYLC we recommend Heliocares factor 50 which comes in an array of different products.

Use aloe vera gel after your laser treatment. At NYLC we apply cool aloe vera gel straight after treating the areas which helps to calm and soothe the skin. We recommend you purchase our stocked aloe vera and use this for several days post-treatment. As an extra tip keep it in the fridge and apply!

Be honest with Consultant if preparing to go on holiday, or tanning. At NYLC we are happy to make a bespoke treatment plan for you and help you plan when to have your treatments.

Don’t put fake tan on before your laser hair removal appointment as this obviously darkens your skin and, although is an artificial tan, can have the same impact with the laser machine in making it hard to differentiate between the skin and hair.

Always wait 2 weeks after having your laser treatment before going in the Sun to prevent risk of pigmentation.

Wait 4-6 weeks post Sun exposure before having your laser treatment and note that if your skin is still darker then your last session you will need to have a patch test again.

Over 200,000 Happy Clients

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"I have been going here for my lazer hair removal for the last couple of years and find them professional and the prices decent as they always have offers on. I have been getting facials since Christmas with Anna who is excellent, she really knows about the skin, what works and what it needs, shes not just another beautician applying a face mask! I can see an improvement in my skin already and feel confident in what is recommended to me, its like having my own private dermatologist. i think the variety of treatments offered here is good and the standard of their lazers is also very good"

Natalie Basiratpour

Is Laser Hair Removal suitable for my skin type?

Female Laser Hair Removal

We offer the most up-to-date laser hair removal treatments that reduce body & facial hair. The laser treatments stop the re-growth of hair, freeing you from the inconvenience of painful waxing or shaving and the constant concern of unpleasant hair.

Mens Laser Hair Removal

A little known fact: did you know that 40% of our clients are men? You are not alone in considering laser hair removal. We have seen an enormous increase in the number of male clients since we first opened our first clinic 14 years ago.

Transgender Laser Hair Removal

At The New York Laser Clinic we are proud to look after all of our customers depending on their individual needs and as such offer bespoke treatments. We are sensitive to all special requests and even more so when someone is attempting a male to female transformation.


A lot of people don’t know that they can get Laser hair removal on darker skin and think that it’s only suitable for lighter skin. We have successfully treated thousands of Men and Women with darker skin types. Remember most Laser clinics do not have the technology or experience to treat darker skin types.

About Candela, Our Laser at NYLC

Learn more about our medical grade and gold standard laser machine at NYLC!

Pre & Post Care for Laser Hair Removal Treatments

At NYLC we want to share with our clients the do's and don'ts of how to look after your skin, and get the best results from your treatments!

How long do I need to wait from having laser treatments to having Sun exposure?

You will need to wait a minimum of 2 weeks. You must ensure that after laser hair removal treatments you are applying SPF to any exposed areas.

What SPF do you recommend?

We recommend Heliocare's SPF which come in a range of different textures to suit all skin types. Heliocare protects your skin against UVA & UVB rays, has a patented ingredient called Fernblock which has anti-aging properties and in it's advanced 360 range contains Bio Shield which protects against free radicals.

If I have a tan can you still treat my skin for Laser?

As long as you have waited 4-6 weeks post treatment, and have a patch test then we will be able to retreat your skin.

Have Some More Questions?

Our London Clinics

The New York Laser Clinic + MediSpa opened in Mayfair, London in February 2004 and has now is been established as an award-winning aesthetics company for over 14 years.

How Much Does Laser Hair Removal Cost?

Prices start from £39 for a single area but we have discounted packages for all our courses as well as interest free payment plans.

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