Over the years, the myth that laser treatments for skin shouldn’t be performed during the summer months has become commonly accepted as a fact. While there may be certain limitations and restrictions associated with getting laser treatments during months when people experience higher levels of sun exposure, there is no reason you can’t go ahead with treatments during any season. In fact, undergoing laser treatments during the summer can help you maintain your healthy-looking, sun-kissed glow well into fall. It is time to debunk this myth and truly understand why laser treatment is a safe bet, even during the summer.
When it comes your body’s relationship with the sun, things can get complicated. The sun provides a vital source of vitamin D, but unprotected exposure to harmful UV rays can also cause visible damage. During the summer, you may notice changes in your skin tone. Dark spots become more prominent, freckles that laid dormant during the winter are suddenly popping up and enlarged pores and fine lines and wrinkles seem to stand out more. Fortunately, laser skin treatment can help create a more even skin tone and help you feel confident.
It simply can’t be said enough: the best way to prevent sun damage and the appearance of fine lines is to use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 on a daily basis. Whether you opt for a facial moisturizer that contains SPF or you lather on sunscreen before you leave the house, protecting your skin needs to be a part of your daily routine. This is especially true immediately after receiving laser treatment. To experience maximum protection, reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you are spending time outside.
Laser hair removal can also be performed during the summer, but there are a few restrictions to keep in mind. The skin should not be tanned and you should be prepared to avoid sun exposure for a period of time after the treatment. If you are planning a beach trip in the next few weeks, you might want to consider postponing treatment.
Certain laser treatments should be used with caution during the summer months. Short wavelength lasers, such as IPL lasers target areas where there has been an overproduction of skin pigmentation, also known as melanin. Excessive exposure to the sun after treatment can cause melanin production to increase again. That is why it is important to work with a highly experienced laser technician and protect your skin with physical sunblocks, which contain active ingredients like zinc and titanium dioxide. Treated areas should not be exposed to the sun for at least four weeks to avoid any adverse reactions.
Clear + Brilliant is a highly effective laser treatment that can be performed year-round. This treatment is also commonly referred to as a long-wave fractional laser and is a preferred course of treatment because it can be used on any skin type. The laser will improve the overall tone and texture of your skin and requires minimal downtime.
SkinTyte and Thermage® are other popular options that will help you maintain a youthful look during the summer. These treatments utilize advanced technology to stimulate collagen production in the deep layers of the skin. As a result, you will continue to experience benefits as you body’s natural anti-aging mechanisms are kicked into high-gear.
You don’t have to wait until winter to undergo laser treatments on your skin. With the right precautions and an experienced technician, you can experience the benefits of laser procedures this summer and enjoy a healthy glow for months to come. It all comes down to protecting your skin and following expert advice.BACK TO ALL ARTICLES
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