Pre and Post Care Instructions for Energy-Based Cosmetic Treatments

Pre and Post Care Instructions for Energy-Based Cosmetic Treatments

Energy-based cosmetic treatments, such as laser, radio-frequency (RF), intense pulse light (IPL) and ultrasound, are popular for their effectiveness in tightening the skin, reducing wrinkles, removing pigmentation, and addressing other skin concerns. However, to ensure the best results and minimize potential side effects, proper pre and post-treatment care is crucial. Here are some essential guidelines to follow, along with some recommended skincare products to use after the procedures. Among these recommendations, the most vital aspect is what we called the 7-Day Rules for Energy-Based Treatments.

Important Pre-Treatment Care

  1. Avoid Retinols 7 Days Before Treatment Retinols, a form of Vitamin A, are widely used in skincare products for their ability to improve skin texture and reduce signs of aging. However, they can increase skin sensitivity and irritation. Similar skin-irritating products are Retinoids, Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, Tretinoin, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs), etc. To prepare your skin for energy-based treatments, it is recommended to stop using these kinds of products at least 7 days before the procedure. This helps reduce the risk of excessive irritation and ensures your skin is in optimal condition for the treatment.

  2. Apply High SPF 7 Days Before Treatment Protecting your skin from UV damage is essential, especially before undergoing any cosmetic treatment. Start applying a high-SPF sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher such as SkinCeuticals® Physical Fusion Defense SPF 50) at least 7 days before your scheduled treatment. This protects your skin from UV rays, reducing the risk of sunburn and hyperpigmentation, which can complicate the treatment and recovery process. At Sunshine Cosmetic Clinic & Medi Spa, we recommend using sun cream daily for optimal skin health and anti-aging benefits.

Important Post-Treatment Care

  1. Avoid Retinols 7 Days After Treatment Just as before the treatment, avoiding retinols and similar skin-irritating products mentioned above for 7 days post-treatment is crucial. Energy-based treatments can make your skin more sensitive, and using skin-irritating products too soon can exacerbate irritation and delay the healing process. Allow your skin the time it needs to recover fully before reintroducing these products into your skincare routine.

  2. Apply High SPF 7 Days After Treatment Post-treatment, your skin is more vulnerable to UV damage. Continue using a high SPF sunscreen diligently for at least 7 days after the procedure. This helps prevent complications such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and ensures your skin heals properly without additional damage from the sun.

Additional Post-Treatment Pro Tips

  • Avoid Excessive Heat: Steer clear of hot showers, saunas, steam rooms, and excessive heat exposure for a few days after the procedure, as the skin may be more sensitive.
  • Avoid Exfoliation: Refrain from using exfoliating products or procedures (like chemical peels) for a few days.
  • No Scrubbing: Do not scrub, rub, or pick at the treated area, as this can increase the risk of irritation or infection.
  • Follow Professional Advice: Always adhere to the specific guidelines and recommendations provided by your healthcare provider or dermatologist. They may have additional instructions tailored to your individual needs and the type of treatment you received.

Recommended Post-Treatment Skincare Products 

For optimal post-treatment care following energy-based treatments, medical-grade skincare products should be considered. These products are designed to efficiently hydrate the skin, calm any irritation, repair the skin barrier, and provide protection from the sun. Here are some recommended skincare products along with professional instructions:

  • SkinCeuticals® Phyto Corrective Gel: This soothing gel is infused with botanical extracts that calm and hydrate the skin, making it ideal for post-treatment care. Apply it immediately after the treatment and continue using it at least once a day for a week.
  • ZO Skin Health® Hydrating Crème: Offering intense hydration, this crème helps soothe dry and irritated skin, making it perfect for use right after energy-based treatments to replenish moisture.
  • SkinCeuticals® Hydrating B5 Gel: An oil-free moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid, this gel provides optimal hydration without clogging pores, making it suitable for maintaining moisture levels on the treatment day and after.
  • SkinCeuticals® Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: This broad-spectrum sunscreen with 100% mineral filters is designed to protect sensitive, post-treatment skin from UV damage. It’s crucial to apply sunscreen daily to prevent further damage to the skin.
  • ZO Skin Health® 10% Vitamin C Self-activating Serum: A powerful antioxidant serum that brightens the skin tone, reduces signs of aging, and protects against environmental damage. Start using it in the morning 3 days post-treatment for maximum benefits.
  • SkinCeuticals® C E Ferulic: Another potent antioxidant serum that helps protect the skin from environmental damage. Begin using it 3 days after the treatment in the morning to enhance skin protection.


By following these pre and post-treatment care instructions and incorporating the recommended products into your skincare routine, you can maximize the benefits of your energy-based cosmetic treatments while minimizing the risk of adverse effects.

Sunshine Cosmetic Clinic & Medi Spa is the leading laser clinic in Kitchener Waterloo area. We offer over 10 unique energy-based treatments such as Morpheus8, IPL, Ultherapy®, PicoSure®, TempSure®, Forma®, etc., for anti-aging, skin tightening, face lift, skin rejuvenation and more. We also carry all the above-mentioned medical-grade skincare products to complement the treatments. Schedule your complimentary consultation with professional skin analysis today!

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