People’s obsession for a fair complexion and flawless, porcelain looking appearance has encouraged the dermatologists and skin specialists to research for more and more skin whitening treatments. Earlier there were only topical creams and serums available to help people improve their complexion and get desired skin tone. But the continuous demand for skin whitening products and client dissatisfaction prompted the researchers to come up with cosmetic procedures that promise instant and guaranteed improvement in skin tone.
Today there are numerous skin whitening procedures available to help people get their desired skin tone, ranging from medical facials to glutathione injections to laser skin whitening procedures. But no skin whitening treatment can give you your desired results until and unless you take proper care of your skin before, during and after the procedure. Not taking proper care of your skin, especially after a skin whitening procedure can further damage your skin leading to hyper or hypo-pigmentation.
So, no matter if you go for a specialized skin whitening treatment in a clinic or use a bleaching cream at home, there are some Do’s and Don’ts that you need to follow to make sure you get the most out of it without further damaging your skin. Here is a list of things that you should do after as well as the things that you should avoid after getting a skin whitening treatment.
The first and foremost thing that every patient undergoing a skincare procedure should do is avoid sun exposure. No matter what type of skin whitening treatment you choose, it will make your skin sensitive to the ultraviolet rays of sun. It will not only make you prone to getting sunburn, but you are also likely to further darken your skin or develop new dark spots on the treated areas. Avoid going out in sun during peak hours (10am to 4pm), and if necessary, wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with a sun protecting factor (SPF) 45 or above.
Moisturize your skin
Some skin whitening treatments work by exfoliating the top layer of skin. This may make your skin dry and flaky. If this is the case with you, moisturize your skin adequately to avoid irritation and flakiness.
Keep your skin hydrated inside out
Moisturizing your skin is very good but do not forget to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Also increase your intake of water based products, such as juices and fresh fruits.