Best Summer Exfoliation Tips for Face & Body
Did you know that exfoliating your skin is just as important in the summer as it is in winter?
While the cold and dry air of the winter does require you to exfoliate more often, that doesn't mean exfoliating isn't also a good idea in the warmer months. In many ways, it might actually be more important!
You're likely spending much more time outside during the summer, wearing fewer pieces of clothing. More people will be seeing your face, arms, legs, and—if you're hitting up the beach—the rest of your body, so you want your skin to look as flawless and smooth as possible. Still, you don't want to overdo it, especially since you’ll likely be exclusively using at-home treatments until we reopen—hopefully soon!
Here are some of our best summer exfoliation tips for both your face and body, along with some outstanding skincare product recommendations to keep your skin glowing throughout the season!
Don't Exfoliate If You Have a Sunburn
To protect your skin this summer, avoiding sunburn is a must!
Sunburns can cause long-lasting skin damage, which is why you want to be using an all-natural sunscreen to prevent any painful, inflamed skin. For your face, we recommend Cocoon Apothecary Reflector SPF 30 Facial Sun Protector to keep your skin healthy and burn-free.
If you do manage to get a sunburn, the last thing you want to do is immediately exfoliate. First, give your skin some time to heal, as it will be very irritated. Once the burn has healed and your skin starts peeling, using a mild exfoliation treatment can help speed the healing process. Try our LoveFresh Sugar Scrub in the shower to keep your skin on track for recovery. It comes in Pear, Coconut Lime, Grapefruit, and other fantastic scents!
Beware of the Sun After Exfoliation
On the topic of sunburns, one of the primary reasons some discourage exfoliation during the summer is the possibility of sun damage.
After a comprehensive exfoliation treatment, the upper layer of your skin—your skin's first layer of defense against damage—will likely need some time to recover. If you get a sunburn after an exfoliation treatment, it will likely be worse as the damage will extend to the deeper layers of your skin. Ouch!
Fortunately, you can avoid this by keeping out of the sun for a day or two after exfoliating. And if you do head outside, don't forget to use a high-SPF sunscreen! A mineral makeup sunscreen can also help with this by blocking the sun's rays.
Don't Overdo It
How often should you exfoliate in the summer?
In the winter, you might be exfoliating once every few days to help remove dead skin cell buildup. In the summer, you probably won't need to exfoliate as often.
Unless you live in a super dry area, there will be more moisture in the air during June, July, and August. We also tend to drink more water in the summer due to the heat. Both of these factors contribute to skin generally being more hydrated.
With this in mind, our advice would be to exfoliate once a week using a dry brush or a facecloth. However, as everyone's skin is different, yours might require a little more or a little less. Use your discretion, but don’t overdo it—over-exfoliating can lead to acne, irritation, and sensitive skin. Sometimes less is more!
The Benefits of Dry Brushing
Do you know much about dry brushing because it’s pretty amazing! Not only can it make your skin look great by unclogging pores and exfoliating your skin but it also detoxifies! It increases blood circulation and even promotes lymph flow and drainage so it’s good for you on the inside and out. And if you feel invigorated after dry brushing there’s good reason for it; it stimulates your nervous system. It’s really a must for a healthy beauty routine.
A chemical peel is a great way to exfoliate, but if you have sensitive skin, such peels may cause more harm than good. Don’t get discouraged though, as there are still many ways you can exfoliate your skin with minimal to no irritation.
Using an enzyme exfoliation product can help you get rid of dry skin in a gentle way. You might also want to explore mechanical exfoliation tools if you find yourself sensitive to most other forms of exfoliation. Be careful with these, as being too aggressive can still cause skin damage.
If, on the other hand, you require something a little stronger, there is no shortage of robust at-home peels that can keep your face and body looking healthy.
Skincare can be hard to navigate when you have sensitive skin, so consider chatting with a skincare professional before jumping into the world of at-home exfoliation. Sensitive skin can be notoriously picky when it comes to what you put on it, so a professional can help guide you to the right products. Your skin will thank you!
Follow Up With Moisturizer
No matter what method of exfoliation you use, and no matter which season it is, you always want to follow it up by moisturizing.
While exfoliation eliminates dead skin cells and other debris, it also strips moisture from the top layer of your skin. So, if you don’t moisturize, you’ll just be further drying out your skin, which sort of defeats the purpose of exfoliating in the first place. Let that skin drink!
Moisturizing after exfoliating keeps your skin soft, plump, and healthy. And, if you use natural ingredients, these can penetrate deeper into your skin for added benefits. For best results, we recommend trying Face Food Mineral Mist. It's a fast and easy way to refresh, tone, and hydrate the skin, while also cutting down on any inflammation and redness.
If you’re looking for great products to support your at-home skincare routine, we’ve now opened our online store! You can find all of the products referenced in this blog on it, plus much more! Order any of these products through us at Thair Hair Boutique & Spa to create your own spa experience at home… and we hope to see you in person soon too!