Caring for the Skin after Corrective Treatments
Skin corrective treatments are an ideal way to resurface uneven skin tone and repair damaged skin. Peels and enzymes are an excellent way to correct and nourish damaged skin, but this effective treatment takes time and planning. Not only do you need to plan for recovery time, you need to follow a string of precautions, do’s and don’ts, to avoid damaging the outcome and result of the treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure for at least 2 weeks after the treatment.
- Wear sunscreen every day, even if you do not plan to be outside for an extended period of time.
- Avoid hot weather conditions or overheating from exercise. Heat will over-stimulate the skin and intensify the peel.
- Avoid swimming for the first 48 hours – chlorine will irritate and dry out the skin.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat to provide extra protection from the sun. Sunglasses should not press to hard against the forehead or on the nose since that can cause irritation or, worse, abrasion to the delicate new skin.
After the initial two weeks of healing time, you need to develop a regiment for keeping the skin supple, toned and conditioned.
If you had a professional corrective peel, chances are you received an ‘after care’ package that may or may not include an exfoliant, a nourishing moisturizer, a sunscreen and a self-tanner. If not, these are the key products you will need to maintain healthy skin after your corrective peel.
Gentle exfoliation (starting 2 weeks after your treatment) is essential since it stimulates the skin and encourages cellular turnover. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and continues the regenerating process. Scrubs exfoliate surface dead skin cells, refresh and hydrate the skin. Acid and enzyme peels use a blend of fruit acids with minerals and vitamins to activate cell renewal below the surface of the skin and deliver antioxidants to fight free radicals. These two methods of exfoliation can be used on their own or together.
Nourishing the skin after a corrective peel in vital. Essential nutrients for maintaining healthy skin include peptides, essential fatty acids, growth factors and amino acids. All these nutrients deliver energy to the skin cells, activate collagen and elastin production, hydrate and detoxify skin tissue, and continue the process of rejuvenation. Antioxidant-rich topical formulas should be easily absorbed by the skin to penetrate the deeper skin cells. Some of the best free-radical-fighting products contain Vitamins A, C and E, Retinoids, Ascorbic Acid, L-lactic Acid, Polyphenols and Bioflavonoids to name a few.
Finally, in order to avoid another corrective peel in the future, take steps to prevent further UV damage. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen and consider using a self-tanner for the face for a healthy glow without the damaging side effects. Look for products with age-defying peptides to prevent photodamage and support ongoing rejuvenation.
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