Long gone are the days when having a peel or a laser treatment meant hiding out for weeks until the redness subsided. Today’s kinder, gentler treatments are easier on your skin, and you can get back to work or play faster than ever.
With a little help from our 5 favorite rapid recovery products, you can saunter back to your desk over a long weekend without having to answer a ton of probing questions, like “What have you done to your face?, or become the water cooler topic.
iS Clinical Sheald Recovery Balm ($68 ) – If you’re a serum kind of gal, look no further. iS Clinical has a roster of antioxidant rich serums that has something for every skin type and concern. The new Sheald Recovery Balm is ideal for post procedure skin conditioning, and also helps to speed healing for wounds. It has a thick antimicrobial barrier to protect delicate skin as it recovers and reduced skin irritation after sun and wind burn, severe dryness and other skin conditions.
ZO Medical Post Procedure Recovery System ($150 ) – A three product system, including Pomatrol™ Soothing Ointment, Surfatrol™ Antiseptic Powder Solution and Regenacell™ Epidermal Renewal Creme developed by Beverly Hills dermatologist Zein Obagi, MD specifically for us post peels and laser resurfacing. The three products contain proteins and growth factors to accelerate wound renewal and skin recovery by up-regulating the re-epithelialization process of cell rejuvenation. According to Bryan G. Forley, New York Plastic Surgeon, “I use the ZO Post Procedure Recovery System after Fraxel resurfacing and TCA peels, and I have found that it is excellent to speed up the healing process. It cuts down on redness, swelling and restores the epidermis quickly so my patients can resume their normal activities and wear makeup quickly.”
EltaMD Laser Enzyme Gel ($14) This enzyme-enhanced moisturizing gel promotes skin healing with hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate). The clear gel also adds a cooling sensation that can be used immediately after procedures for soothing and comforting sensitive skin that has just been treated with light, laser beams, or acids.
Glytone Lipid Recovery Cream ($42) – This soothing cream gets absorbed quickly and suits all skin types. It helps to restore skin with camelina oil, rich emollients, omega 3 and 6, and linoleic acid, plus retinyl palmitate, shea butter and glycerin. You will see less flaking, redness and dryness with this light textured yet powerful formula.
SkinMedica TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream™ ($66) – Specially formulated with the patented TNS complex, this nourishing cream works for dry skin and post procedure to restore the moisture barrier to a happier state. Use twice daily as needed, then taper off until skin is normalized.