The holidays are a very popular time for cosmetic procedures, whether a skin brightening laser treatment to get party-ready or surgery to take advantage of time off to recover – here are dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber’s recommendations to soothe healing skin.
La Mer The Concentrate
Discover a potent barrier serum for skin that’s stronger, more stable and visibly soothed. Each day, exposure to environmental stressors like pollution can cause inflammation—a root cause of premature visible signs of skin aging. With barrier-building benefits and NEW antioxidant power, The Concentrate is your double source of strength against these daily irritants. Concentrated Miracle Broth™—a super-potent form of our powerhouse elixir—helps reduce the appearance of visible signs of inflammation and helps visibly calm skin so it can focus on natural renewal. With daily use, skin emerges stronger*, more stable and visibly soothed.
*After just 14 days, skin’s natural barrier was significantly strengthened.
(Clinical results on 23 women).
The Concentrate has become a top selling La Mer product in South Korea, the country leading the world with the most plastic surgeries per capita. It is enriched with seawater minerals, and since blood and seawater have very similar mineral composition this may account for La Mer’s renowned healing properties. This is a silky serum enriched with high quality silicones which I find calms redness post-laser and helps scars fade post-surgery. The rich texture wears beautifully like a primer under makeup and is suitable for delicate skin on the eyelids as well as the face.
Silicone sheets have been shown in numerous studies to improve scar healing, resulting in flatter, softer, and smoother scars. Silicone sheets resemble pieces of mozzarella, and can be difficult to wear due to their unsightly appearance and difficult adherence to the skin. bioCorneum+ is an FDA-cleared liquid that dries to form a virtually invisible thin sheet of flexible silicone over a healing scar. It keeps the healing skin hydrated, protects it from UV exposure with SPF30 protection, and is a great water-resistant base to help keep the area clean and give makeup an optimal base for concealment. When Angelina Jolie underwent bilateral mastectomies, she applied this serum twice daily for 12 weeks to optimize scar healing. Drs. Sherber and Rad recommend this routinely to patients after surgery.
Topical silicones are proven through numerous studies to improve scar healing, resulting in flatter, softer, and smoother scars. Biocorneum+ is an FDA-cleared liquid that dries to form a thin clear sheet of flexible silicone over a healing scar to keep the area hydrated while protecting it from UV exposure with SPF30. When Angelina Jolie underwent bilateral mastectomies, she shared that she applied this twice daily for 12 weeks to optimize scar healing. My husband, plastic surgeon Dr. Ariel Rad, often recommends a similar protocol to his breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery patients.
Natura Bisse S.O.S. Instant Rescue
Natura Bissé developed this powerfully soothing serum to fight inflammation in the skin. Inflammation not only causes skin to look red and feel irritated, but contributes to skin aging. This innovative fast-absorbing gel incorporates natural super-soothing ingredients such as calendula, arnica, propolis, and aloe vera into a high-tech treatment that is perfect post-procedurally or for sensitized skin. Dr. Sherber developed a unique laser protocol that involves application of this product post-procedurally to calm the skin and speed healing.
Natura Bissé developed this powerfully soothing serum to fight inflammation in the skin, incorporating natural calming ingredients such as calendula, arnica, propolis, and aloe vera. I often apply this in my treatment room after laser or injectable procedures since it calms redness rapidly, and this is a great at-home companion to these procedures. Men often prefer the lightweight texture of this sheer gel to richer post-procedural balms
Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum
This lightweight, water-based serum provides antioxidant hydration all day long. Hyaluronic acid intensely hydrates while Prebiotic Grape water nourishes the moisture barrier to replenish skin's microbiome and reveal healthier-looking skin.
Thanks to a combination of different intelligent rehydrating ingredients, this serum restores the skin’s water balance. The skin feels as if drenched in water, hydrated and soothed, your skin regains long-lasting suppleness, softness and well-being.
Its ultra-light and fresh aqueous texture melts under your fingers.
A light fragrance with citrus notes on a refreshing bouquet: mandarin blossom, lemon tree leaves, cucumber water and fresh mint.
In clinical studies, this combination of polyphenol-rich grape water and hydrating hyaluronic acid reduced skin redness rapidly as compared to untreated skin following exposure to lactic acid. I often apply this to patients’ skin following chemical peels or laser, and particularly recommend it to those with oily skin who want an oil-free product, and also suggest it after surgery when skin can feel dry and irritated from the prep solution used to sanitize skin pre-operatively.
SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
This mask has the highest concentration of Pitera™ of any product in the line, and is a phenomenon that is greater than the sum of its parts. Dr. Sherber was quoted in the InStyle 2014 Best Beauty Buys issue explaining how she recommends this for all of her patients who have to have their skin in top form in a hurry for a TV appearance or big event as it delivers unprecedented hydration, plumping up tired skin and bringing instant luminosity to a tired complexion. This mask has has a vast celebrity following, and brides in Japan use this mask nightly for 90 days before their wedding. Regardless of the other products in your regimen, this is an outstanding addition for when you want your skin to look its absolute best. To refresh post-flight skin or to calm red or irritated skin, try chilling this in the refrigerator before use.
This sheet mask has the highest concentration of Pitera™ of any product in the SK-II line. Its mix of vitamins and minerals derived from the sake fermentation process is deeply hydrating and visibly reduces redness, which is why I recommend it after laser treatments to many patients who need redness to fade quickly so that they can be event-ready. For post-surgery patients, the masks can be chilled in the refrigerator and applied cold to help reduce swelling.