After procedures such as laser hair removal, skin resurfacing and microneedling, it’s vital to make the recovery process go as smoothly as possible and avoid any delays in healing. In such instances, using the right post laser cream can make all the difference by speeding up healing time and avoiding complications during the recuperation period.
There are a couple of key ingredients that make for a good recovery cream after laser as well as ones to avoid. In this post, we take a look at those that commonly feature in widely-available formulas, as well as those included in Dermagen’s excellent Egensia Post-Laser Cream.
When should it be used?
First and foremost, using a recovery cream directly after procedures relieves immediate discomfort by reducing redness and swelling in a matter of minutes. This acts to shorten the initial post-procedure downtime and ensure a more socially presentable appearance.
After that, aesthetic practitioners are usually responsible for providing clients with a topical recovery cream that can be used at home after skin resurfacing procedures. In many cases, this can literally make or break the end result; less-than-stellar outcomes are often linked to inappropriate or absent aftercare protocols.
The importance of natural ingredients
Natural and soothing plant extracts are priority topical ingredients when it comes to providing relief after laser hair removal and skin resurfacing, including Pico, fractional resurfacing, CO2 laser and RF microneedling procedures. Some active ingredients included in regular moisturisers have one major drawback, however: they can be extremely irritating when applied to raw and inflamed skin. As a general rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t apply a cream directly to an open wound, why use it during recovery after laser?
Instead, look for specialist post-laser treatment creams that are free of AHAs and ingredients that irritate sensitive skin. Opt for formulas that contain soothing plant extracts such as aloe vera, arnica or calendula instead; preferably, these should be included alongside humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin to protect the newly-treated skin’s barrier.
The very best post laser recovery creams, however, include advanced ingredients such as peptides, antioxidants and regenerative compounds. These have distinct benefits over standard formulas with their additional skin repairing properties.
Prescription creams can be used post laser; however, some (such as those used for eczema and cortisol-based creams) can only be applied for a limited time period, after which time they tend lose their effectiveness or cause side effects. A non-prescription post laser cream is usually enough to support long-term recovery from various laser and resurfacing treatments, especially if it is formulated to relieve issues related to persistent skin discomfort, such as itching. Unlike prescription products, they can be re-applied throughout the day, as many times as necessary.
Recommended post laser cream
There are plenty of post-laser recovery creams on the market, but one that stands out is Egensia Post-Laser Cream. This cream, available at Glow Up Supply, uses a series of key healing agents, moisturisers and growth factors to ease irritation after laser treatments, as well as to promote longer-term recovery. It’s a non-greasy formula that can be applied to the skin without leaving it feeling heavy or gunky.
What makes Egensia Post-Laser Cream unique is its proprietary blend of anti-inflammatory, wound healing and regenerative ingredients. It significantly reduces redness, swelling and post-treatment discolouration within hours and can be used throughout the recovery period.
DERMAGEN EGENSIA POST LASER CREAM: FEATURES
Egensia Post-Laser Cream contains no parabens, steroids, petroleum products, harmful alcohols, sufates or latex and is EU allergen free. It has been clinically formulated to be hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin and effective on all skin types. With its wide-ranging ingredient list, Egensia’s post laser cream offers something extra for those looking to shorten healing time and achieve the best possible results from laser and skin resurfacing procedures.
1) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY INGREDIENTS
Centella asiatica extract is the star ingredient in Dermagen’s Egensia Post-Laser Cream, as it speeds up skin recovery after exposure to laser therapy. Studies have shown that it can help reduce redness and inflammation in damaged tissue, including skin tissue. It can also encourage faster wound healing, which is great news for any post-laser aftercare routine.
2) MOISTURISING INGREDIENTS
Ceramide is a chemical produced naturally by the skin and locks in moisture that is otherwise lost. With added ceramide, Egensia Cream provides skin barrier protection so that it heals quickly and safely.
Sodium hyaluronate helps to retain water within the skin’s cells. This ingredient is produced naturally by our bodies (for example, as tear fluid) and acts as a natural moisturiser in this post laser treatment cream.
Glycerin is a humectant. Found naturally in the skin, it’s a substance that draws moisture from its surroundings and keeps the skin well hydrated after laser procedures.
Macadamia oil is obtained from macadamia nuts, which are native to Australia. Egensia’s macadamia oil content helps to moisturise, nourish and soothe the skin without clogging pores.
Argania spinosa kernel oil is obtained from argan trees grown in Morocco. Argan oil helps to moisturise the skin whilst enhancing its elasticity.
Tocopheryl acetate is an antioxidant and a form of vitamin E that helps to moisturise and nourish skin.
Shea butter, derived naturally from the fruit of the Butyrospernum parkii tree, has been used for centuries as a natural skincare topical on account of its intensive moisturising properties.
3) REGENERATIVE INGREDIENTS
EGF (epidermal growth factors) are proteins that help to stimulate skin cell regeneration, fibroblast and keratinocyte formation.
Oligopeptide-91 is an anti-ageing ingredient although in Egensia cream, it is also useful for its regenerative properties. This ingredient is thought to promote epidermal regeneration and restore dermal integrity.
Rh-oligopeptide-1 is a peptide that’s designed to activate fibroblasts – cells that stimulate collagen production and skin cell regeneration.
Copper tripeptide-1 has been shown to be effective in wound healing and stimulating growth factor activity.
D-panthenol is a form of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), which – in the human body – plays an important role in skin repair and cell growth. This makes it a particularly useful active in Egensia’s post laser cream.
Hydroxyacetophenone is an antioxidant and skin-conditioning agent that has been shown to accelerate healing of wounds.
Salmon egg extract, also known as ‘caviar moisturiser’, promotes wound healing and prevents the development of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation after laser procedures.
The right post laser recovery cream will reduce inflammation, protect the skin and encourage faster tissue regeneration. Dermagen Egensia Post-Laser Cream contains proven anti-inflammatory agents that assist with wound healing and promote quick healing from a wide variety of procedures. It can be used immediately post-laser and skin resurfacing, as well as throughout the recovery period whenever required. It can also be used on sensitive skin under normal conditions without risk of irritation.