Most professional medi-spa skin procedures rank “avoid sun exposure” at the top of their post-treatment care list. Many of my clients ask me, “Since it’s summer, should I avoid certain treatments?” Or “If I do have a particular treatment, must I hibernate and avoid all sun exposure for an extended period of time?”
While every person’s situation is unique and it is true that sun exposure and high temperatures after an intense chemical peel or laser treatment can cause adverse reactions (increased sensitivity, sunburn, hyperpigmentation), the majority of the SkinFit procedures I administer have no-downtime and can be done year-round without any complications, as long as a few basic steps are followed.
#1 – A broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher MUST be used rain or shine, with extra attention given to the treated area. This is true 365 days a year, and no, there are no exceptions. We offer many formulations at the spa to suit all skin types, and when you consider that sun exposure is the #1 cause of premature aging and skin cancer, it does become difficult not to make daily sunscreen usage a beneficial if not lifesaving beauty habit.
#2 – Plan ahead. If you know that you will be spending 2 solid weeks at the beach, plan on having your treatment 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the trip. Doing a treatment 2 weeks before will have you glowing for your vacation and make you more conscious of practicing “safe sun”. Two weeks after your get-away, having a treatment to rehydrate and rev up new cell turnover will be just what your skin craves after say all the sun, sand, saltwater, and those cute drinks with umbrellas.
#3 – Treat skin gently and keep cool for the first 48 hours after any skin treatment, even if your skin feels 100% fine. That means no extreme heat (saunas, hot tubs), no extended sun exposure (a full day at the beach or running a marathon at high noon) and no exfoliant products. If you do feel your skin over-heating from an activity or burning after applying a product, splash the area with cool water until the feeling subsides.
#4 – Speak honestly with your skin care professional about your beauty objectives and summer lifestyle to develop an effective and realistic treatment plan. If you are open about the amount of sun exposure and activity you are planning, your aesthetician can truly be your “secret weapon” in controlling sun damage and photoaging. His or her adjustments and recommendations to your treatment schedule and home care regimen during the summer will ensure that your healthy skin outlook is…well…sunny.