Are you wondering how to maximise the benefits of your aesthetic treatments? Follow these simple but effective post-care treatment tips.
Whether you want to get rid of pigmentation or smoothen fine lines and wrinkles, aesthetic treatments can solve a lot of your skin woes. Despite their spectacular results, aesthetic treatments like chemical peels, laser, and microdermabrasion can be a little harsh on your skin. Post-care treatment is the key to getting the safest and best results from these aesthetic treatments. So, I have put together post-care treatment dos and don’ts for some popular aesthetic treatments to prevent skin damage and keep your skin happy and healthy.
- Chemical peels
Chemical peels can effectively treat fine lines, breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and a host of other skin troubles. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, it is normal to experience side effects like redness, scabbing, and swelling during the post-peel renewal process. But with the post-care treatment, you can reduce the downtime significantly. Here’s what I recommend:
- Be sun savvy
Since your skin is more sensitive after a peel, you must avoid direct sun exposure. And don’t forget to apply the right sunscreen for your skin type (preferably SPF of 30+) before stepping out to shield your skin from dangerous UV rays.
- Use a mild cleanser
Harsh cleansers strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight and dry—and your skin has already been stripped enough after a peel. So, I recommend using a mild cleanser after a chemical peel to avoid skin irritation. Washing your face with cold water can also soothe your skin.
- Avoid exfoliation
Exfoliating your skin after a chemical peel can cause significant damage. Wait at least three days following a light chemical peel before exfoliating to give your skin a break. The wait time for mild or deep chemical peels can be weeks.
Laser treatments are an effective method to rejuvenate your skin and improve its appearance. To avoid skin pigmentation and get the most out of your laser session, post-care treatment is important.
- Use SPF
It is important to avoid sun exposure after skin rejuvenation procedures like laser treatments. To minimise the risk of discomfort, dark spots and other forms of sun damage after your laser treatment, stay out of the sun and keep reapplying your SPF. According to a study conducted in 2020, sunscreen is highly effective in reducing and preventing pigmentation.
- Cold compress
You may experience redness and swelling after your laser treatment, especially after ablative laser treatment. You can use cold compresses and ice packs to soothe your skin. They can also reduce swelling and redness.
- Stay away from makeup
While it sounds tempting to cover post-laser redness with makeup, it is not a good idea. Makeup can further irritate your skin and prolong the healing period. I recommend avoiding makeup for a few weeks post-treatment.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment that uses exfoliation to remove the top layer of your skin and reveal a fresh layer beneath. It is one of the best aesthetic treatments for people bothered by a dull complexion, uneven skin tone, dark spots, and active acne. Microdermabrasion can make your skin sensitive, but with the right post-care treatment, you can easily encourage a quick and healthy healing process. Apart from sun protection, here’s what you must do:
- Don’t touch your face
After the procedure, avoid touching, rubbing, or picking your skin, as it can slow the healing process.
- Skip the actives
Hold off on using actives in the days and weeks after your treatment, as these harsh ingredients can do more harm than good. Active ingredients can weaken your skin barrier and make it more susceptible to damage.
- Keep your skin moisturised
Moisturising your skin is one of the most important post-care treatment steps. Your skin is more prone to damage during the post-treatment period. A good moisturiser hydrates your skin and creates a protective barrier along the healing skin, keeping germs and bacteria at bay.
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