This is a friendly reminder to PLAN AHEAD if you are wanting to have treatments before your travels this summer (or any time of the year for that matter)!
Generally speaking, you need to schedule any injectable treatments at least 2 WEEKS before you fly. Here's why...
Current literature advises it is okay to fly 24-48 HOURS after treatment. So 'technically' you'll be fine.
But...it takes at least two weeks to start to see the benefits of wrinkle relaxing injections, and you may need an adjustment dose. So if you want to look your best for your break, schedule your treatment at least 3 weeks before your holiday, so that your toxin is tip top!
You also want to be available for this review appointment two weeks after your initial appointment.
Also - not wanting to be a Debbie Downer, you might want to take into account - especially if it is your first time having treatment - risking only becoming aware of a complication whilst you are away.
Complications are rare, but they do happen. Any practitioner worth their salt will want you close by in the week or so following an injectable treatment.
Profhilo (and other skinboosters like it) give your skin an intense hit of hydration from within. Hyaluronic acid is injected into specific points of your face, spreading like honey within your skin, creating plump, glowy, dewy hydrated skin. What's not to love?
Skinboosters usually require two treatments, one month apart. So you'll want to time your second "dose" to be no fewer than 2 days before travelling. This allows the bee-sting like injection points to settle and any potential bruises to fade.
Unlike the kind of chemical peel featured in Sex and the City back in the day, peels are a perfect way to gently slough of dull and tired skin.
Whilst these peels are gentle. They are effective, so it's recommended that you wait at least 1-2 WEEKS (depending on the depth of the peel) after receiving a chemical peel before traveling.
This is to allow the skin to fully heal and to avoid exposing the skin to damaging UV too soon after procedure. This would undo the work the peel has done, could lead to increased damage and prolong the skin renewal process.
PRESCRIPTION GRADE SKINCARE
Some ingredients in skincare products can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
If you have recently been prescribed skincare products containing tretinoin or hydroquinone (e.g. Obagi Nu term range), don't start using it 1 WEEK before high UV exposure (sunny beach holidays).
You will need to allow your skin to adjust to any new skincare ingredients in your day-to-day environment first.
As always, it's important that you practice 'safe sun', whether here at home, or when you're on holiday as there's no such thing as a safe tan.
Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sun glasses
A generous application of SPF 30+ throughout the day
all help ensure that you're keeping your skin protected and not burning the hard earned cash you've invested in your face!
So there you have it. Whether you've booked a week in Bognor or a trip to Bali, by planning ahead and giving yourself enough time for recovery, you can enjoy your travels with confidence and look and feel your best!
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