Cellular turnover or cell renewal factor or desquamation is a normal and natural part of our awesome human existence.
This is what happens...
Our skin cells grow from a base layer of our epidermis to the outermost layer of our epidermis. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin that we love and cherish for its tone, beautiful color, protection it provides and gives us part of our identity. This information holds true for the skin on your face, as well as the rest of your body. Your cells are young and vital when first made, then going through a process of moving from the deeper layer of the epidermis to the outer most layer of our epidermis (that’s the skin that we see) our skin cells become old and die off.
This natural shedding of skin happens on a regular basis, and depending upon your age it takes about 30 days. So by the end of your skin cells growth process they can look, well a little lifeless.
And even worse, as we age our cellular turnover rate decreases – bummer!
- Babies – 14 days
- Teenagers – 21 – 28 days
- Middle age – 28 – 42 days
- 50 and up – 42 – 84 days
These outermost layers will slough off on their own or with a little helping hand from a skin care specialist.
How to slough off (get rid of) your top layer of skin?
- Peels – breaks up the inner glue of the cells
- Enzymes – eats up the dead cells
- Gommage – manual sloughing off of cells
- Skin brushing - manual sloughing off of cells
- Salt/Sugar scrubs – manual sloughing off of cells
- Regular skin care regimen – daily care makes a world of difference
Some things that will help with your cell turnover and cellular growth.
There are some things you can do to help your skin cells grow to their optimum.
~You want to have ingredients that fight free radicals and sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful ally in this process.
~Food and hydration help. Yep, eating healthy matters.
~Good fats and oils, like tuna, salmon and avocado help to boost cellular repair.
~Drinking enough water – check out this blog for How Much Water to Drink?
~Supplements to take - Vitamin E will protect cell membranes while Vitamins A, C, K and B are perfect for protecting and renewing skin cells.
~ Enzymes and peels are vital in encouraging cellular turnover.
~Regular facials make a difference too. How? Because in the hands of a trained professional (an esthetician) you can get peels, moisturizers and advice designed specifically for you, your lifestyle and skin type.
So really, if you want to continue to have healthy looking skin is it important to slough off your dead skin cells.
Bottom line – get new fresh skin cells regenerating and you will love your smooth, soft, youthful skin even more!
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Have a brilliant day!