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Play It Safe With Summer Treatments

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: April 30, 2013, from the May 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

The lazy days of summer ... when everything seems to slow down, trips are planned, time is taken off work, and some well-deserved rest and relaxation is sought. However, for those in the professional skin care industry, it may be just the opposite, because business often picks up with more and more clients taking advantage of downtime to get corrective, rejuvenating treatments.

Although the timing for these types of treatments may prove ideal for clients, it may present some challenges for the skin. Administering peels and other corrective treatments during the summer months does require caution and awareness since skin becomes even more vulnerable to sun damage, heat and other elements.

This need not deter professionals from performing much-requested skin-changing services. With extra precautions and planning, you can bolster the protection of the skin and simultaneously reverse the effects of photoaging, supporting clients with their skin care goals. There are some very specific points skin care professionals must know about caring for the skin—both face and body—after peels and corrective treatments during the summer months.

Corrective cautions

When rendering peels, enzymes, microdermabrasion and other corrective treatments—whether on the body or face—during the warm, sunny season, there are a several important details to keep in mind.

  • Clients must avoid exposure to the sun for at least two full weeks after a corrective treatment. Sun protection is essential, even if only exposed for short durations, including walks through the parking lot to the car. Never peel a client who has sunburned skin.
  • Being outside, even in the shade, may have some adverse effects, as well. Excess heat will overstimulate the skin. Vigorous exercise in the days and weeks following a peel may also overstimulate, increasing the intensity of the peel.
  • Although sunglasses and hats offer protection from the sun, those that press too heavily on the nose or across the forehead will create compression and irritation, causing wounds to appear.
  • Swimming, even after dark, must be avoided for the first 48 hours after a corrective treatment, because the chlorine will irritate and dry the skin.

Although educating clients year-round about the importance of sun protection is a must, it becomes even more important during the summer months, particularly if a corrective treatment is performed. Beyond educating clients about the potentially harmful factors to avoid, it’s also your responsibility to provide the tools for maintaining healthy skin following a corrective treatment.

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