Is Laser Hair Removal Safe During The Summer?

Can I have laser hair removal In the summer? Victoria BC


The sun is shining and understandably you want to be out and about enjoying what can be a very short season in Canada. Summertime sun exposure often raises the question: "Can I have laser hair removal during the summer?"

Many clinics will put laser hair removal on hold during the summer months. However, for an experienced and well-educated technician, this is often unnecessary. Additionally, there are always areas of the body that never see the sun. 

So yes, you can receive laser hair removal during the summer, but there are important considerations to keep in mind to ensure the best results and minimize potential risks. Of course, if you're an avid sun worshipper and tanning (but you probably don't since you're super aware of UV damage and want to age well), the answer is no. Let's take a look.

Key Considerations:

  1. Sun Exposure:

    • Pre-Treatment: It's crucial to avoid sun exposure before your laser hair removal session. Tanned skin can increase the risk of side effects such as burns, blisters, and discoloration. Ideally, you should avoid sunbathing and use sunscreen on the area to be treated for at least two weeks prior to the session​.
    • Post-Treatment: After the procedure, the treated area will be more sensitive to the sun. To prevent complications, avoid direct sun exposure and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher​.
  2. Skin Tone Considerations:

    • Laser hair removal is most effective on light skin with dark hair. Tanning can make the skin darker, which can interfere with the laser's ability to target the hair follicles accurately. This may reduce the effectiveness of the treatment and increase the risk of skin damage​.
  3. Timing of Sessions:

    • Plan your sessions strategically around your summer activities. If you know you'll be spending a lot of time in the sun, it might be best to schedule your sessions earlier in the season or closer to the fall​.
  4. Protective Measures:

    • Clothing: Wear protective clothing to shield the treated areas from the sun.
    • Sunscreen: Consistently apply a high SPF sunscreen to the treated areas, even if you are not directly in the sun, as UV rays can still affect your skin .

Additional Tips:

  • Consult with Your Specialist: Always discuss your lifestyle and summer plans with your laser technician. They can provide personalized advice and adjust the treatment parameters to ensure safety and effectiveness.
  • Aftercare: Follow all post-treatment care instructions provided by your specialist. This typically includes avoiding hot showers, saunas, and activities that cause excessive sweating for a few days post-treatment .


Laser hair removal can be safely performed during the summer with proper precautions. Avoiding sun exposure, using sunscreen, and carefully planning your sessions can help minimize risks and maintain the efficacy of the treatment. Always consult with a qualified specialist to tailor the treatment to your specific needs and lifestyle.


We hope you have an amazing summer! Questions? Be sure to reach out to use at 250.590.5459 or

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