Some acids in skin care products can contain photosensitizing properties, making skin more sensitive to the sun's UVA and UVB rays. Considering sun exposure is at its highest during the summer, is it still safe to use acids during the warm weather seasons? According to an article from New Beauty, if the acids are used correctly, it is not dangerous to incorporate the ingredients into a full daily routine even during the summer heat.
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The best way to avoid sun damage is to diligently practice good habits like daily sunscreen and covering exposed skin with a hat or light sleeve cover. Windows can expose skin to the sun’s rays too, so it is important to use sunscreen immediately in the morning. The article suggests using sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
The purest form of vitamin C, l-ascorbic acid, pairs well with sunscreen and offers additional free-radical defense when layered underneath. The article recommends using lactic acid and hyaluronic acid throughout the summer to keep skin hydrated.
Since cleansers are quickly washed off the face, it is suggested that incorporating cleansers with active acids can provide the benefits without making skin too sensitive to sun exposure.
It is recommended to avoid retinoic acid and retinol in the summer or at least be diligent about sun protection—wearing sunscreen and reapplying throughout the day, avoiding tanning and wearing hats with a 3-inch brim or wider and sunglasses to protect the face.
Retinoids can significantly increase the risk of sunburn as the potent ingredient increases cell turnover, leaving new skin cells vulnerable to UV rays. If possible, only use retinol during a nighttime routine.