Are Summertime Laser Treatments a Good Idea?

There is no better time of year to have healthy, glowing skin than summer. Wearing makeup to the pool or beach to cover up blemishes is not only uncomfortable, but it can also clog pores and lead to other skin issues. By taking a few precautionary steps, you can enjoy baring smooth, fresh skin this summer that does not need to be covered by makeup. 

Best Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments for Summer

The key to making the most of summertime laser treatments is to diligently use high quality physical sunblock containing ingredients like zinc oxide before and after your treatments. Your skin must be completely free of sunburn to undergo a laser treatment, which is why you should be wearing sunblock ahead of your treatment. Additionally, your skin will be particularly sensitive and susceptible to sunburns after your treatment, which is why you must diligently wear sunblock as your skin is recovering. The high-quality physical sunblock products sold in our office are non-comedogenic and safe to wear on top of newly treated skin, and many of them are water-resistant, making them perfect choices for summer sun protection.

BroadBand Light™ (BBL) and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

BBL and IPL treatments are great choices for summer skin treatments when used in conjunction with diligent sunblock use. These phototherapy treatments bypass the top layer of skin and treat underlying damaged skin beneath its surface. This triggers new collagen growth and allows new, healthy skin cells to rise to the surface. BBL and IPL are considered to be less aggressive treatments that are safe for men and women of any skin type during summer, but especially those who might be more susceptible to sunburns. 

HALO™ and ProFractional™

Patients looking for more aggressive laser skin resurfacing treatments in summer can consider HALO™ and ProFractional™ treatments as long as they are extremely committed to avoiding sun exposure. HALO™, a hybrid fractional laser, and the ablative ProFractional™ laser are capable of creating dramatic results that can lessen the appearance of sun damage and other skin blemishes while creating firmer, younger-looking skin. These treatments work by resurfacing the outermost layer of skin which smooths over fine lines, dry patches and mild discoloration while also penetrating to deeper layers of the skin to trigger new collagen growth. 

Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels

Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are safe for summer as long as your sun exposure is protected and limited. These treatments share a common goal of evenly exfoliating the skin and promoting healthy, new collagen production. Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical method of exfoliation that also combines nicely with other sun damage-reducing therapies. Chemical peels, on the other hand, harness the unique power of chemical exfoliation to reveal deeper layers of fresh, untouched skin. Each treatment supports the cell turnover process to improve skin concerns related to sun damage such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. 

Love Your Summertime Skin

Taking care of your skin should be a year-round effort. Laser skin resurfacing and other skin resurfacing treatments can be conducted safely and effectively in summer with precautionary steps taken. Schedule an appointment today to achieve your summertime glow while also helping to reverse signs of aging and sun damage. At your appointment, we will fully assess your skin to determine how prone you are to sunburn and recommend a plan to keep you on track with your skin goals while also being able to enjoy the summer season to its fullest. Also, importantly, we will recommend high-powered sunblocks that will help protect your skin and maintain your beautiful results.

Schedule your appointment at Harmony Healing to learn more about how to safely enjoy laser skin resurfacing treatments during the summer months.