Safe Exfoliation in Summer

Posted on by Beste Gürkan

Exfoliation is a method that helps to remove dead cells that accumulate on the skin surface and are not removed regularly.

We can divide exfoliation into two types, mechanical and chemical. The most commonly used methods in mechanical exfoliation are peelings containing particles, mechanical procedures using sonic brushes, sponges or pouches.

Exfoliation methods consisting of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Beta Hydroxy Acids, Retinol, Vitamin C and enzymes are the methods that help to purify the dead tissue on the surface of the skin without containing particles.

As the dead tissue is removed with exfoliation, the skin gains a healthier, livelier, younger, more elastic and brighter appearance. Should we completely stop exfoliating our skin during the summer months? When we stop it, will our skin go back to its original state? Should we continue exfoliation and reduce the frequency of application so that our skin does not go back to its original state? We encountered many questions in the form of and tried to answer all these questions:

How can we take care of our skin safely without giving up exfoliation in summer months?

If you like to make skin and you want this skin to be long-lasting, you can limit the exfoliation process in the summer months.

If you are one of those who protect your skin well from the sun, you can safely continue the exfoliation process in summer without a break.

 Whether or not exfoliation is done in summer, one of the most important applications for the skin is broad-spectrum sunscreen. After the exfoliation procedures, the sun sensitivity of the skin may increase as the dead layer on the skin surface that protects the skin will also be removed. For this reason, sun protection becomes even more important when exfoliation is performed. It is important for the skin to use products rich in antioxidants in addition to broad-spectrum sunscreen.

 Tips for safe exfoliation in summer:

  • If you use granular microexfoliants or scrubs such as peelings, you can limit this application to once a week during the summer months. In autumn-spring-winter months, you can return to your old skin care routine and apply 2-3 times a week.
  • If you are using a prescription Retinoid product (such as Retin-A, Tretinoin) or serums containing Retinol, it would be beneficial to take a break from this drug or serum at least 5 days before going on a vacation (long-term sunbathing). The combination of these drugs with factors such as sun rays, temperature, salt water and pool chemicals (chlorine) may cause a tendency to dry the skin. Even if you protect your skin from the sun while using these drugs, excessive dryness and tension may occur in your skin during the time you spend at the sea or in the pool.
  • The use of products containing low levels of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (between 2-10%) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (between 0.5-2%) is safe in summer months! Because AHAs tend to sensitize the skin more than BHAs In summer months, AHA exfoliants can be applied 3-4 times a week and only at night. BHA exfoliants can also be used daily in summer. It is essential to moisturize the skin well after AHA or BHA in night care. During the day, broad spectrum sunscreen should not be neglected and should be renewed every 2 hours. The use of AHA or BHA exfoliants should be stopped 1 day before going on vacation and should not be used during periods of sun exposure (times spent at the sea or in the pool).

If you stay outside and under the sun for a long time in summer, even if you protect your skin from the sun regularly, the skin will be more sensitive because it will be exposed to too many adverse environmental conditions. To minimize redness and sensitivity, you should use your sunscreen abundantly and renew it every 2 hours. These negative effects can be minimized by including serums containing Hyaluron and Niacinamide, Tonics and Moisturizers with Anti-oxidant content, as well as masks with calming properties in skin care.