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Mineral SPF – The Best Way to Protect Post-Procedure Skin

You should be wearing SPF every day, rain or shine. However, sun protection becomes especially important after undergoing an abrasive cosmetic procedure.

Chemical peels, laser treatments and micromodelling can be a great addition to your skincare routine to address texture concerns, persistent  pigmentation and deep wrinkles. But it’s important to keep in mind that these treatments leave your complexion raw and vulnerable to UV damage. Failing to apply proper SPF protection to vulnerable, post-procedure skin can not only erase all the benefits from your treatment but cause complications such as discolouration and inflammation.

Mineral vs Chemical Protection

Your skin is sensitised and vulnerable after a procedure, so you need to be cautious of harsh ingredients in your skincare that can further irritate the skin or slow down the healing process. The most common chemical SPF filters – benzophenone, oxybenzone and octocrylene, have been associated with irritation and photoallergic contact dermatitis reactions.

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This is why it’s better to opt for mineral-based sun protection in the first few weeks after your procedure. Mineral SPF acts like a physical shield that sits on top of your skin rather than being absorbed deep into its layers. Mineral formulas are gentler and easier to tolerate by vulnerable, sensitised skin. Powder formats are especially suitable for post-procedure use, since application doesn’t require rubbing or tugging of the skin.

The most common ingredients in mineral SPF products– zinc oxide and titanium dioxide offer benefits beyond UV protection. Zinc oxide has proven antimicrobial properties that soothe stinging irritation and help wound healing. If you are prone to rosacea and eczema flare-ups, titanium dioxide is a safe option for you.

The ZO Difference

Our new Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 is the latest addition to the Triple Protection range that brings exclusive antioxidant technology and superior skin defence.

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The mineral-based formula offers gentle and safe SPF protection for raw, post- procedure skin. It comes in a brush, densely packed with ultra-soft bristles, to ensure the powder is evenly applied on your skin. Colour pigments and light reflecting minerals make it easy to blend into all skin tones and avoid the dreaded ashy residue associated with most minerals SPFs.

Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 is enriched with jojoba butter and seed sil that enable lipid replenishment and help skin barrier restoration. Fractionated melanin protects against blue (HEV) light, while a slow-release ZOX12® complex combats free radical damage and IR-A rays.

To ensure optimal protection, reapply every two hours.

Hyperpigmentation 101 – Your Treatment Options

Hyperpigmentation is one of the 5 most common skin concerns for women and men in the UK and affects over 30 million people worldwide. The condition is caused by an increase of melanin and characterised by dark patches, spots and uneven skin tone.

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What Causes Hyperpigmentation?

The worst culprit of pigmentation disorders is cumulative sun exposure. UV exposure triggers the production of melanin – the pigment responsible for protecting skin from injury. Melanin works hard to keep UV rays from deposing energy onto and into the skin. Repeated, unprotected exposure disrupts the production of melanin and leads to a build-up of darker cells in the exposed skin areas.

Hormonal changes during pregnancy often lead to melasma, which is another form of hyperpigmentation also known as the “the mask of pregnancy.” About 70% of pregnant women develop brown patches or spots on their face, upper lips, cheeks and forehead, as well as their bellies. In most cases, melasma clears up on its own after birth; however some patients, especially those with darker skin tones, may experience long-term discoloration.

Dark marks from acne can often develop in areas where blemishes have been. The same is true for insect stings, cuts, bruises, kitchen burns, and other skin traumas. These marks often take months to fade and some never fade much at all. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is also more common in darker skin types.

Containing Hyperpigmentation Through Treatment

 

ZO Skin Health 3-Step Peel™

Designed to address melasma, post-inflammatory pigmentation and sun-induced discoloration, this potent stimulating peel provides longer lasting benefits beyond the temporary superficial improvements seen with ordinary peels. Post-procedure peeling is mild, with minimal downtime.

ZO Skin Health Controlled Depth Peel™

Designed to target the most persistent forms of hyperpigmenattion, this peel offers controlled absorption and penetration of treatment and excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Peeling, irritation and darkening of pigmentation is expected for a few days after treatment.

Intense Pulsed Light

IPL therapy uses a beam of light to bring spots to the skin’s surface and gently sloughs them off. It’s a great option for persistent discoloration, however patients should be prepared to experience some redness, minor swelling and a darkening of the pigmentation a few days after the treatment.

Fractional Laser Treatment

This is the bridge between an ablative and non-ablative procedure in which a laser beam is used to minimize the appearance of pigmentation. Mild redness and swelling can be expected for a few days after treatment.

Micro-needling

It’s a device with tiny needles that prick the skin to improve the appearance from acne scars and pigmentation. Most patients experience mild redness for up to 48 hours post-treatment.