October 01, 2021
Article by Megan Schmitz, APE, CLT, LSO
Would you ever attempt to run a marathon without training for months in advance? No! Preparation and conditioning are essential to achieving success in many areas of life - including skincare!
The better condition your skin is in before your IPL or laser resurfacing treatment, you can expect better results. Regulating cellular turnover, increasing surface hydration, and reducing inflammation are just some of the beneficial ways you can prepare your skin for Fall laser treatments. Here are three ways to prep your skin for a more successful laser treatment.
Shape Up Your Skincare Routine
Your skincare routine can make a huge difference in your laser results both before and after your treatment. Depending on your skin concern and scheduled laser treatment, your Advanced Practice Esthetician will recommend the ideal pre and post products to care for your skin and enhance your treatment results. Recommendations may include:
- Intensifying your exfoliation with acid-based serums.
- Regulating your cell turnover with retinol.
- Getting a head start on lightening pigmentation with a hydroquinone (HQ) topical before your IPL treatment.
- Boosting your skin's hydration with hyaluronic acid serums and moisturizers.
- Protecting the investment you've made in your skin by using a physician-grade SPF 30 or higher.
Whether you have an IPL or a treatment like ResurFX™, an SPF 30 or higher will always be advised, especially AFTER your service. If you're considering a laser treatment to clear sun damage, smooth fine lines, or address acne scarring - schedule a consultation with a Refinery Skin Clinic Esthetician now to develop a pre and post-skincare protocol before scheduling your appointment.
Cast Off Dead Skin Cell Buildup with a Chemical Peel
A laser treatment is a financial investment in your skin's health and appearance. If the laser needs to work through layers of dead skin to reach its target, you may not achieve the same results as when your skin is adequately exfoliated and conditioned. A chemical peel can effectively remove stubborn cellular build-up and even address some of the concerns you may be trying to improve with laser, like dark spots and fine lines. Your Advanced Practice Esthetician can help you select the perfect chemical peel or series of peels to get your skin in optimal condition before your laser treatment. Your chemical peel should be scheduled at least 3-4 weeks before your IPL or laser resurfacing appointment.
In some cases, dermablading may also be used before a chemical peel to enhance penetration and boost cell turnover. Dermablading may also be recommended before your IPL treatment to remove excess facial hair, which can increase the comfort of the procedure.
Exfoliate & Hydrate Your Skin to a Better State with DiamondGlow™
DiamondGlow™ packs a triple punch when it comes to prepping your skin for a laser treatment:
- The diamond-tipped wand exfoliates away any dead skin build-up, leaving skin clean and smooth.
- Targeted serums are delivered deep in your skin, essentially giving your skin a head start on whatever concern you're tackling with laser, like hyperpigmentation or acne scarring.
- DiamondGlow™ infuses your skin with intense hydration, leaving it plump and supple.
Together, all three steps leave your skin in optimal condition for a laser service 2-3 weeks afterward. Add on dermablading to your <ahref="https://www.therefineryskinclinic.com/traditional-spa-services/diamondglow.phtml">DiamondGlow™ for an even better foundation for laser!
Are you interested in IPL treatments to remove dark spots and reduce redness? How about ResurFX™ to smooth fine lines, acne scars, and stretch marks? Schedule a complimentary consultation with a Refinery Skin Clinic Advanced Practice Esthetician to learn more and lay out a plan to prep your skin for optimized results!