How to Use Acids in Summer

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HOW TO Use Acids in the Summer | Nicole Contos Insider Tips

We’re all about acids for their brightening, exfoliating goodness. But you might’ve heard that some acids can increase sun sensitivity. Here’s what you need to know about using acids properly in the summer.

Picking the right acid is key

There are some acids that are great in summer. Think skin-brightening Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) that actually boosts sun protection. Or skin-quenching Hyaluronic Acid  that fortifies the skin’s naturally-protective barrier.

Timing is everything

Include most of your acids in your nighttime routine, because a) this is when your skin’s in repair mode and b) you’re sure to be out of the sun entirely, while the acids do their job. 

Formulations matter

If you still want to boost the exfoliation factor of your morning routine, stick with a lighter formulation, such as a cleanser  or toner. And, even at night, it’s best to use acid/s in a serum for the summer. 

It’all about layering

You’ll want to apply your acid first to do its exfoliating magic. Then, layer on a product with a nourishing, barrier-repairing ingredient, such as squalene , a lipid  or a ceramide.


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