Once you’ve gone through the full course of treatment, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun and keep it healthy to prolong your results. If not, you are just damaging your skin again.
1. Stay Out of the Sun: “The best way to maintain your results is to stay out of the sun and wear sunblock daily,” says Boca Raton, FL, dermatologist Dr. Allison Schwedelson.
2. Take Care of Your Skin: Now that your skin is healthy, you want to keep it that way. Sunscreen, antioxidants and a moisturizer are essential. Antioxidants repair damage and protect skin to prevent future damage. Moisturizers keep skin hydrated.
3. Use a Retinol Regularly: Over-the-counter and prescription-strength retinoids reinforce laser results by keeping the skin in repair mode, creating new collagen and exfoliating the surface.
4. Interval Treatments: Nothing lasts forever—not even the results of a laser. “Re-treatments every now and then will help maintain the longevity of your results for healthier skin,” says Richmond, VA, plastic surgeon Ruth Hillelson, MD.