Chemical peels employ certain acids to speed up the exfoliation process. Directly following and at least one week after getting a peel, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun, avoiding it at all costs. The new skin that’s emerging is fresh and extremely vulnerable to damage.
If you find yourself with a sunburn after a peel because you didn’t take proper precautions, there are few steps you can take to help your skin heal more healthfully.
You’ll need to lock in moisture with an intense, emollient-rich moisturizer for at least 24 hours, since the skin is in a state of trauma. Use a product with green tea, which is rich in the antioxidant EGCG, known to have anti-inflammatory power and the ability to reduce UV-induced DNA damage. (Nuxe Creme Fraiche 24HR Moisture Cream is a great choice.) Other antioxidants will help palliate discomfort and irritation-just steer clear of vitamin C.
Taking Tylenol or Advil as directed can further fight inflammation from within.
And you’ll also want-or rather, need-to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, so it doesn’t happen again!
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