The Right Fluff for your Buff…


Buffed new skin!

Choosing Cosmetics After Laser Surgery or Chemical Peels.

As someone who has directly benefited from both, I am going to go out on a limb and declare that chemical peels and laser surgery are amongst some of the greatest advances in medical technology.

With the help of these non-invasive procedures, acne scars and wrinkles are permanently reversed and the complexion of your dreams is achievable.
However, one of the side-effects of facial resurfacing is that your skin will be sensitive and red for a few weeks to follow. This is nothing to worry about, as its part of the healing process, and eventually your skin will regain its normal appearance and tone. So, what to do when you need to let your skin regenerate and face the public at the same time?

Luckily, there are a few easy cosmetics you can use that will allow your skin to heal and look its best at the same time. Make sure to communicate with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to get their best advice on when you can start wearing any kind of makeup again.

When your skin is in the healing process, the best kind of facial cosmetics to use are mineral-based foundations.  Made with minimal ingredients and leaving out irritating dyes, fragrances and synthetic ingredients, they are less likely to irritate sensitive, healing skin.

Here are a few tips for choosing the right mineral foundation for you:

  • Avoid foundations that include bismuth oxychloride, which is a common skin irritant.
  • When you’re choosing a color, look for foundations that have a yellow undertone as yellow cancels out redness.
  • Ask your skin care professional for their recommendations. They come across hundreds of patients in similar situations and can let you know which brands have been most successful.

Take good care of your new skin! Always make sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations and if at any time the cosmetics you use irritate your skin, be safe and discontinue use.

By Sheila Arkee, Publisher of Painted Ladies


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