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.
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.
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.