Lasers straddle the line between simple and sci-fi, depending on where you sit on the skincare-obsessed spectrum. There are a handful or two of these zappy treatments and they sit in two categories: ablative, which is skin-resurfacing and requires more downtime as it targets the top layer of skin and non-ablative, which uses heat to target the tissue below the skin’s surface.
Lasers technologies are constantly evolving, here are some buzz-worthy laser treatments to look out for right now;
Some laser treatments require specific skincare actives before treatment including lightening agents or retinoids, so make a note to do your research. While you’re here, check out the full list of laser treatments offered at The Manse.
Once you’ve put your skin through a little torture (because beauty is pain), you’re going to need some TLC to help strengthen, repair and nourish your new baby face. It’s likely you’ll experience slight swelling and redness similar to sunburn, but if you’ve basically burnt off layers of skin you might also run into rough, spotty and flakey territory – before you freak out, it’s normal.
Side-effects and downtime depend on the laser treatment you’re prescribed so it’s best to check in with your practitioner.
A good post-treatment skincare routine is essential to fast-tracking recovery, restoring suppleness, boosting hydration and sorting out any texture trouble. Pair that with staying the heck out of the sun and you’re on the right track.
You’ll want to avoid actives such as chemical exfoliants and Vitamin C, instead make skincare with soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory properties your weapons of choice. Dr Naomi’s Care Factor Repairing Serum, should be your go-to, it’s specifically formulated to reduce redness, sensitivity and enhance skin health.
What’s in it? The the K-Beauty powers of Centella Asiatica (AKA ‘cica’), this ingredient is drenched in antioxidants, amino and essential fatty acids to soothe and strengthen sensitive and sensitized skin (yes, there is a difference). There’s also Redyless, an anti-redness high-tech powerhouse that visibly reduces redness from sensitivity, to rosacea and facial flushing. Pair those with a combination of aloe vera juice, rose, Niacinamide, glycerine, shea butter and vitamin E and you’ve got a magic potion ideal for post-laser complexions.
For an extra dose of calm, keep your soothing serum in the fridge. The chill will help to knock out any feelings of heat and flushing.