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How to Make the Most of
Professional Skincare Treatments

TAGS: SKIN IRRITATION, SKIN DISCOLORATION, HYALURONIC ACID SERUM, FACE MASK

How to Make the Most of Professional Skincare Treatments

  1. A. Injectables
  2. B. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
  3. C. Non-ablative lasers
  4. D. Chemical peels
  5. E. Microneedling

A combination of at-home skincare and professional skin treatments that target your main skin concerns is key for optimizing the health and appearance of the skin. These two approaches work hand-in-hand, and your daily skincare regimen can help promote recovery, enhance the results achieved with office-based procedures, and maintain the visible improvement these professional treatments deliver. Everyones skin concerns are different, and individuals require personalized post-procedure skincare routines. Learn all about the specific SkinCeuticals products that are especially beneficial after specific office-based procedures.


A. Injectables

With the plethora of benefits that this skin treatment embodies, it's no wonder that injectables are the most-performed office-based treatments year after year. Dermal fillers help restore facial volume, enhance facial contours, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—and the most commonly treated areas are the cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lips, under-eye area, and jawline. Neurotoxins temporarily relax facial muscles to minimize expression-related lines and, in turn, prevent wrinkles caused by repetitive movements from becoming etched into the skin, such as looking down at our phones. Although injectable treatments generally require little to no downtime and come along with relatively minor temporary side effects like redness and swelling, we still recommend taking steps to post-procedure care. Where to begin? With our hyaluronic acid serum H.A. Intensifier, which can help complement these skin treatments by enhancing the appearance of skin smoothness, plumpness, and firmness.


B. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Lauded as a non-invasive skin treatment that sends high-intensity light into the deeper layers of the skin to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin redness, skin discoloration, sun damage, and more, the beauty of IPL skin treatment can be customized to address each patient’s unique skin concerns. Also known as a “photofacial,” IPL is generally performed as a series of three to five sessions and requires minimal downtime, which is perfect for those of us running hectic lives. Potential temporary post-procedure swelling and redness (similar to a sunburn) is possible, and our Phyto Corrective Masque is a gentle face mask that can help soothe skin irritation and replenish the skin while reducing skin temperature, tightness, and discomfort.


C. Non-ablative lasers

Skin resurfacing helps stimulate cellular renewal and collagen production while improving visible signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun damage, and rough texture (as well as acne scarring). Non-ablative laser skin treatments send heat to the lower layers of the skin to promote the skin’s wound-healing response without disrupting the skin’s surface. However, it is common to experience mild redness, burning, and swelling for up to several days afterwards, depending on the strength of the treatment. Research has shown that applying our C E Ferulic® topical antioxidant serum after non-ablative skin resurfacing procedures improves the penetration of vitamin C while reducing skin redness, swelling, other signs of skin irritation, and downtime—and enhances overall outcomes.


D. Chemical peels

Chemical peels are becoming increasingly popular overtime. SkinCeuticals has developed an extensive array of office-based chemical peel protocols to address the full spectrum of skin concerns, including fines lines and wrinkles, skin discoloration, sun damage, excess oil, enlarged pores, acne blemishes, and acne scarring. Featuring trichloroacetic, resorcinol, glycolic, and salicylic acid peels that penetrate to light, medium, and deeper depths, your SkinCeuticals skincare professional can determine the best chemical peel approach based on your goals and available downtime. Where to start with post-procedure skincare? Our oil-free serum Retexturing Activator helps optimize the results achieved with chemical peels by promoting ongoing exfoliation and replenishing moisture daily at home.


E. Microneedling

Finally, we can take a look at microneedling. The vast array of microneedling benefits have sent this procedure into a surge in popularity over the past several years thanks to its ability to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, acne scars, and stretch marks. Also known as “collagen induction therapy,” microneedling creates micro-wounds that trigger the skin’s natural healing response, and it can be performed at varying depths as well as on delicate areas where chemical peels and laser treatments aren’t appropriate, such as around the eyes and mouth, the chest, and backs of the hands. Depending on microneedling intensity, slight redness and swelling may persist for a day or more, and peeling can be expected as the skin heals. Our Hydrating B5 Gel is an oil-free hydrating gel that has been shown to be a well-tolerated, effective solution for relieving skin irritation as well as improving dryness and the feeling of skin tightness after microneedling treatments.

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