Repairing Summer Skin – Part 2

Now that you’ve learned about some options to get your skin back in shape and are ready to take the next step and start a professional treatment series, let’s talk about how to make the most out of those treatments!

Pre and Post Care for Professional Treatments

Having a good pre-treatment and post treatment regimen is very important.  What you do at home is going to be 70% of your end results.

First we start with prepping your skin to get the most out of the treatment.  A lot of variables go into how your skin will react to microdermabrasion and peels and easing your skin into them will not only get you the best result, but will also help prevent any negative reactions.  You’ll want to talk to a skin professional prior to starting your treatment to determine the best regimen for your skin, but it will likely consist of skin lighteners, retinols, light enzymes, and/or low levels of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) like glycolic or lactic acid.  Depending on your skin, your current regimen, and the type of treatment you decide on, your pre-treatment regimen should start anywhere from 7-21 days prior to your first treatment

Following your treatment be prepared to avoid the Sun and any heat for at least 24 hours, as well as any heavy makeup (all makeup should be avoided if possible).  For 72 hours post treatment you will want to avoid any retinols, AHA’s, and harsh ingredients such as hydroquinone.  Next make sure you are wearing an SPF of at least 30 DAILY.   This is now found in most daily moisturizers making it super convenient to make sure you’re covered.  This is the most important product to have post treatment.  If you don’t protect your skin after a deep resurfacing treatment you are allowing more damage to get to it.  Not only are you reversing the effects of the treatment you just shelled out your hard earned money for, but you are potentially causing more damage to come.

Results Driven Skin Care

I recommend using skin care lines that are labeled as cosmeceuticals.  Cosmeceuticals contain ingredients that are able to penetrate deeper into the skin delivering nutrients to the dermal layer where those live cells live and can influence the biological function of the skin.  If your products aren’t making it to the dermal layer they are doing very little for you, because they are working on cells that are dying or are already dead and are unable to change.  You’ll find these products at most day spas or salons, and they all offer different advantages and disadvantages so do your homework or talk to someone you trust before you stock up on something.  Just because it looks pretty and smells good, it might not be the best option for you.

Many products tell you they are for pigmentation, wrinkles, or brightening, etc., but there are specific ingredients you can look for to know they’re going to give you results.  For instance, if you are targeting pigmentation, look for a product that contains kojic acid, bearberry, and/or licorice root as those ingredients target pigmentation and are natural lighteners.  If you are targeting wrinkles you will want to add peptides and/or Retinol to your regimen.  Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Idebenone (or Co-Q10), Green Tea Extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid are going to help even out skin tone, camouflage redness, and brighten skin by fighting free radicals that constantly attack the skin.   Many of them also help boost the protection of sunscreens as well when applied to the skin first.

Ready to get that bright, healthy glow back?  Restore and repair that damaged skin now and wow your family and friends this holiday season!  Mention this blog post and receive 20% OFF any treatment with me through the month of November!

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