Best Skincare Products Post Laser Treatments
Skin rules for after a spa laser treatment
Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone. But precisely because lasers can do so much, and vary widely in how they act on your skin, it is hard to know where to start when researching treatment—even the most perfunctory search reveals a slew of competing devices and methods.
If you want to get the best results from your treatment and prevent any complications, it is imperative that you follow any and all aftercare instructions provided by your skincare professional. Here are some fail-safe tips to help you take the best possible care of your skin after receiving a laser treatment:
Stay Out of the Sun
To reduce the potential risks of discomfort, and sun damage, it is very important that you minimize the time that you spend out in the sun. Immediately following a laser treatment, your skin is going to be very sensitive, and the sun’s UV rays are likely to be more trouble than they are worth. If you are able to, try and stick to shaded areas when venturing outdoors. Wearing a hat and covering up any exposed treatment spots is also a good idea.
Make friends with sunscreen, even if you are only going be outside for a few minutes at a time, wear sunscreen daily. It is essential that you pick a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher - the higher, the better; also take care to reapply it often throughout the day. Remember that UV rays can filter through windows, as well, so don’t forget that when you are inside the house or even in the car, always protect your skin.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized and Hold off on Strong Ingredients
Most likely your surgeon will recommend a particular type of moisturizer for you to use, Christina Clinical has a wonderful range of skincare products tailored to laser treatment aftercare. Forming a protective barrier and keeping germs away from healing skin should be your top priority. When it comes to cleansing your freshly lasered skin, you might need to get a bit creative.
Although it is very important to keep your skin clean you should also hold off on using any products you may have in your arsenal that contain ingredients such as retinol. While your skin is recovering from professional treatments, strong ingredients tend to do more harm than good. The aftercare guide you receive from your clinic should let you know when you are clear to start up your usual skincare routine again.
Some swelling and redness is common after laser treatments, particularly after treatments that affect the outer layers of skin. Cold compresses and ice packs can help to bring down swelling and minimize redness. They can also feel soothing to irritated skin.
Sleeping with your head elevated can also help to reduce swelling. Just as a doctor will recommend keeping your foot elevated if you experience swelling due to injury, the same is true for skin that has been affected by laser treatments. Propping yourself up with pillows and sleeping on your back for a few days can help with swelling.
Waiting for Makeup
Following your skin treatment, you might be tempted to cover up the redness to help minimize the appearance of any flaky or irritated skin by using a foundation or another such type of makeup. Makeup, like other skin care products can actually irritate your healing skin. It is recommended that you wait a week or two before you begin applying full face make up over the affected area.
You May Need Some Downtime
Although laser treatments are generally considered non-surgical, not all are downtime-free. Laser resurfacing recovery time varies depending on the type of laser used as well as an individual’s health and healing rate.
Non-ablative lasers often require no downtime at all, while ablative lasers can require a 2 to 3 week healing process before the new skin has healed completely and final results are evident. This does not mean you have to stay at home for a month; it just means that your skin will be raw, red, and scab over as it heals.
Keep in mind that your results might not be permanent. As you age you'll continue to get lines by squinting and smiling. New sun damage also can reverse your results.