Recently had botox done and wondering if you can go out into the sun? Some people get botox treatment prior to going on vacation, or for some special occasion. So then the question arises: can you be in the sun after having botox treatment done?
Can you be in the sun after botox?
In short, YES, it’s safe to go enjoy the sunny outdoors after you have had recent botox treatment; be sure to remember to use sunscreen to protect your skin.
The sun can cause skin irritation and inflammation, so you shouldn’t be in the sun for long periods of time anyway, but if you are having an outing in the great outdoors, keep your skin protected and safe with sunscreen.
Don’t forget the many dangers that come with exposing your skin to the sun for long periods at a time.
Do and Don’t after facial botox treatment.
What not to do:
- Rubbing your face/area of botox: the area where the injection entered may feel a little sensitive or be red/inflamed; the more you irritate the area, the longer it will take to heal. You want to avoid putting pressure on your face, like napping.
- Strenuous exercise: you may be unaware of it, but there your facial muscles are straining when you exercise. You want the botox to “settle” correctly, and the constant strain and movement that comes with exercise inhibit that process. Additionally, exercise increases circulation and movement under the skin.
- Alcohol and other blood thinners: Blood thinners like alcohol, as well as aspirin, can cause bleeding around the area of botox, and can increase the chance of bruising; you should avoid blood thinners for at least 24 hours after treatment.
- No facial washes or creams: like with rubbing your face, the botox needs to settle but can’t with the chronic motion; avoid lotions as well to give the botox time.
What to do:
- Avoid any alcohol or blood thinners 24 hours prior to your appointment. Remember, this is not just about getting you the best form of treatment for the botox, but also the safest form of treatment!
- Rest and relaxation are literally what the doctor recommends after botox injections. You want to give your body time and energy to let the botox settle and you don’t want to spread the botox to places it shouldn’t be, so be sure to drink plenty of water and take it easy.
- Return to your daily routine, aside from any exercise or make-up for a few days. Normal facial movements on the day-to-day are absolutely fine; you can still smile, frown, or raise your eyebrows without any adverse effects.
How long should you avoid heat after botox?
You should wait a solid 24 hours before spending a long period of time in the sun just to let your skin breathe and allow the botox to settle.
Technically, most professionals recommend avoiding exercise at all for the next three to seven days, depending on the amount of treatment you received and the body location(s).
I know you want to get right back into eating healthy and exercising right, but you need to take it easy for better long-term effects; don’t let your money and time go to waste!
Can you go swimming after botox?
The water itself is not dangerous for areas that have had botox treatment; cool water can even ease any inflammation that may still be present. Even applying sunscreen is a form of placing pressure on your face, which you shouldn’t be doing after facial botox, and you obviously shouldn’t wear goggles.
Like with strenuous exercise, swimming causes certain facial muscles to strain, not allowing your botox to settle. This is going to cause premature wrinkling if you upset the balance of the botox too early after treatment.
Does the sun cause the effects of botox to fade faster?
It’s not that the sun causes the botox to fade faster, it’s that the aging of your skin that takes the brunt of the damage. The more you stay in the sun, the more likely you are to have physical signs of aging with your skin.
Can you go to the beach after botox treatment?
Yes, but it’s probably not the wisest decision. You would need to sit under a large umbrella or in the shade in general to avoid skin damage. Recent areas of botox treatment may be sensitive, so there may be some inflammation that the sun will hinder in the healing process.
How long after having botox treatment should you wait before using a tanning bed?
Like with going in the sun, you don’t want to expose your skin to the dangerous rays that speed up the aging process.
Sun Exposure After Botox Treatment Summary
While there are no dangers to exposing your recent botox-treated skin to heat and sun, there are adverse effects. The botox treatment needs time to “settle” into the area it was concentrated. Therefore, it is important to avoid massaging your face too much or putting pressure of any kind on or near the area of botox treatment. You can still laugh and smile, or frown and raise your eyebrows without any adverse side effects.