Best Hydrating Creams to Use Post-Procedure


The fastest way to recover from a tissue reaction caused by a chemical peel or any invasive cosmetic procedure is to keep the skin amply hydrated. One way to achieve this is to overdoing a little bit of the hydration that you would typically do. Ensuring that skin stays hydrated will promote faster recovery of the skin tissue, boost collagen production, and will alleviate the inflammation in that area.

One crucial step is making sure you prevent any infection. Pay attention to your cleansing routine, now more than ever. It’s essential to make sure that you are not stripping your face. Use a gentle cleanser each day, preferably a non-soap cleanser, which prevents any bacterial accumulation and protect your natural skin barrier.

Another thing that you must keep in mind after experiencing an aggressive tissue reaction following a chemical peel would be to prevent sun damage. This step is crucial as even incidental damage, such as exposing to sun rays for even 10 minutes when walking outside – can radically slow the healing process of your skin. After a chemical peel or invasive cosmetic procedures, you should use a mineral sunscreen, preferably with a clean-ingredient formula, to avoid irritating your skin even further. Avoid anything with alcohol, essential oils, and fragrance. 

Some additional tricks may include:

  1. Using a healing cream every two hours if you’re staying home, especially a Ceramide based moisturizer, or any good moisturizer that contains natural humectants and emollients.

  2. Limit yourself to one 10-minutes shower daily and always use lukewarm water rather than hot water, which can strip your skin from its natural oils.

  3. To avoid over-damaging the skin, stay away from any chemical exfoliators, scrubs, or enzyme peels until your skin is fully healed.

  4. Apply moisturizer immediately after bathing or cleansing your skin. This helps seal in the moisture while your skin is still damp.

  5. Avoid fragrance, essential oils, and alcohol products and avoid putting the affected skin on wool or other fabrics that can irritate the skin.

  6. Use a humidifier and set it at around 60% humidity. This level should be sufficient to replenish the moisture in the top layer of your skin and will enable the skin to heal faster.

Products we love

This naturally hydrating moisturizer is packed with Tepezcohuite Extract. Tepezcohuite is an amazing natural collagen stimulator. Derived from Mexico’s Skin Tree, it was first used by the Mayans to treat numerous skin lesions. It was also used as a first-aid remedy during several natural catastrophes in Mexico to protect burned skin and accelerate the healing rate. Research findings of this ingredient include that Tepezcohuite bark contains a potent analgesic, tannins, lactones, flavonoids, saponins, and numerous olingo elements. It has also been shown to inhibit the activity of Hyaluronidase, which is a family of enzymes that catalyze the degradation of hyaluronic acid. Inhibiting this enzyme will help to maintain the integrity of hyaluronic acid in the skin. Tepezcohuite has also been found to stimulate the mitotic potential of skin cells (cell division), clearly showing its regenerating properties. The tepezcohuite is very effective as a regenerator of damaged tissue by activating tissue recovery, and works well as a fungicide and bacteriostatic, preventing infections. Tepezcohuite cream is especially suitable for skin damaged and in need of major regeneration. It also contains Camellia Seed Oil for moisture, Honey for hydration, antioxidants found in the Mango fruit extract, and Aloe for soothing and intense hydration. This ultra-complete healing formula will protect, relieve, and soothe dry, damaged skin while hydrating and keeping the skin moisturized. Perfect for after any chemical peels. This is a men’s favorite cream because it helps to balance the skin’s Ph while protecting from irritation during shaving. It’s a must-have for anyone with a compromised skin barrier.

Biologique Recherche Creme masque Vernix

Inspired by the protective layer of the babies at birth, this cream reconditions and gives a “second birth” to the epidermis — ideal for any compromised skin barriers or stressed skin. The emollients and restructuring active ingredients meant to repair the barrier function of the skin include Cellular Oligopeptides, Soya Lecithin, a complex of Ceramides, Omega 6 and 3 derived from Raspberry Oil, Luffa Oil, Plant-based Squalane, Lanolin, and Cholesterol Sulfate. The cream is formulated with balancing active ingredients such as Placenta Extract, Carob Seed Extract, and Yeast Extract. It also contains protective ingredients such as a mix of antioxidants and Tripeptides, Anti-ROS and anti-RNS, which are antibodies that effectively recognize oxidative lesions and heal tissular damage. This cream is an undefeated heavy-weight champion for a compromised skin barrier. It reconditions the skin, preserves and optimizes skin hydration, strengthens the protective barrier function of the epidermis and boosts the repair capacity of the cells. It’s very rich in lipids, proteins, humectants. This is literally “le creme de la creme”.

Tips: You can use in two ways, either a thin layer at night as a cream, or apply a thicker layer and use it as a mask for one hour, then gently remove the excess.

Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme

The purpose of the Odacite Oleosomes Time Release Delivery cream is to ensure ongoing delivery of actives and moisture. It contains an ingredient called oleosomes, which are tiny organelles found in the cytoplasm of plant cells. They synthesize lipids (vitamins, triglycerides, etc.) and store them as future energy sources. The oleosomes melt upon contact with the skin and act as a lipid wearhouse. This means that once you apply the cream to your face, the oleosomes will supply a constant delivery of hydration as well as steadily releasing the active ingredients to your skin throughout the day/night.

The cream is also formulated with Aloe Vera for maximum hydration, antioxidant-rich tea extracts to help slow down the signs of aging and Hyaluronic Acid to plump up the look of lines. It also contains Calendula extracts for calming redness and Carrot Seed oil, which has revitalizing properties. It does wonders at hydrating, soothing, and repairing the skin. Bonus: it’s 81% organic and 100% plant-derived. It’s perfect if you have to go out often after the peel because it ensures an optimal level of hydration without constant reapplying, so you won’t have to worry that your skin is dehydrated. It’s also a great moisturizer for oily skin.

Klairs Rich moist soothing cream

This rich, soothing cream offers immediate and long-term moisture through a nourishing formula for sensitive skin. The cream provides a perfect oil and water balance to the skin to ensure transdermal hydration delivery.

It contains powerful humectants such as yeast-derived beta-glucan and ceramides, and it works to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier. It aids repair dry and irritated skin while supporting the natural cell repairing function. It also contains shea butter and jojoba oil to soften the skin and lock-in moisture.

Tip: Use a small amount when needed (it’s a rich cream) or use it as a sleeping mask. Use a small amount to cover the entire face and neck and wait for it to absorb. Then, apply a second, thicker layer and go to bed.

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