18-10-2017 | Dermatologist | Essentials , Specific Care , Skin , Body care

Exfoliate your skin after summer

There’s not long now until autumn arrives, although I’m sure you will make the most of the good weather and your skin will still enjoy the sun during what remains of the summer.

However, we know your skin was probably damaged over summer either because you weren't able to spend enough time on it or because the environmental conditions of this season, with its abundance of sun, salt and chlorine, took their toll.

What your skin needs now

If your skin suffered more than it should have over summer because of dehydration and sun damage, now is the time to consider taking steps to right it.

The basic point of these treatments is to harness the benefits the sun had on your skin. Over summer you got a healthy, gradual tan that boosted your skin’s defence capacity and this can be seen in brighter, healthier looking skin.

So in order for your skin to recover its structure and take on autumn and winter, the best treatment for this time of year is exfoliation.

Why exfoliate your skin

Exfoliation is one of the basic steps you should follow year-round, and it's particularly important at this time of the year.

The reason is simple and logical: it’s more necessary to cleanse and exfoliate your skin after a season in which it was not able to be properly regenerated and a concentration of dead cells and changes to sebum production were the norm.

Exfoliation delivers the following benefits:

  • Improves skin absorption. Clean skin allows increased permeability.
  • It stimulates good follicle porosity so that the follicles don't get blocked and cause acne.
  • It repairs the damage the sun has caused the skin, such as age spots.
  • It increases the formation of collagen to prevent wrinkles.

When you return to your daily routine, your skin suffers and outbreaks of acne or peeling are common. That’s why it’s so important to begin some strict hygiene habits predicated on the basis of a good exfoliation and to prepare the skin for in-depth nourishment. 

Exfoliation routine

As you know, facial cleansing is always the first step in any skin improvement routine. Particularly now, when no doubt you haven't done many treatments for a while.

Your skin may be more sensitive at this time of the year due to dehydration, burning or irritation, and you might think exfoliation could be too aggressive. But a deep-cleanse is exactly what your skin needs to begin its regeneration cycles anew.

  • On your face:
    • Use products that contain coarse microparticles or micelles that encourage the removal of toxins and dead cells through mechanical exfoliation.
    • Remember not to use abrasive products to preserve the structure of the skin. For sensitive skin, use a chemically mild peel instead of a mechanical exfoliant.
  • On your body:
    • Body exfoliants should be a bit stronger because the skin is thicker and more resistant.

In short, exfoliation enables a deep cleansing of the surface layers of the skin and removes most of the horny portion with dead cells. This cleans out your pores, boosting their permeability, and improves cell oxygenation for correct nutrition, a key factor in sporting healthy, bright skin.


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