Exfoliation. We know the benefits of regular exfoliation which is why it is such an important step in our skin care routine. Setting aside personal preference and skin type the general advice is to exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week.
But does this apply to all seasons or should you exfoliate less frequent in the summer months?
The simple answer? Yes and no. It all depends on your sun habits. If you are conscious about sun exposure, always cover up and are meticulous about applying sun protection, then you can keep your exfoliation routine as is.
But if you are a sun worshipper and plan on being outside more than you were in the winter and, know that you will occasionally, venture out unprotected or without covering up, then you need to take a step a back from your usual two-to-three-times-a-week exfoliation routine.
Why? Exfoliation can increase sun sensitivity by up to 45%. When you remove some of your skin’s protective layers, which is what exfoliation does by removing the dead skin cells, your skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage. Step down to once- or twice-weekly exfoliation in the summer months and even less on weeks your planning on being in the sun for extended periods of time.
Equally important is the type of exfoliator you use. If these tend to be chemically based night serums containing acids or Vitamin A (or retinol) you can probably keep your nightly routine as it is, although we recommend skipping application if you plan on being in the sun the next day.
If you exfoliate with scrubs, grains or any other manual exfoliation product lessen the frequency to once a week.
If you're using a prescription-strength retinoid, consult your dermatologist if you are planning to go out in the sun.
Sable Beauty Tip: to enjoy the delicious summer months the best you can treat your skin with care and respect and always protect!