Getting the Glow — Exfoliation
The outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, provides a direct barrier between our internal and external environments. Skin in the epidermis is in a constant state of regeneration — new cells are produced in the deeper layers, mature, and gradually migrate to the top layer of the skin, changing in structure and function along the way. As skin cells transition towards the outermost later of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, they become flattened, keratin filled envelopes that no longer have organelles and are no longer capable of cellular division. These cells are called keratinocytes, and they are held together by a matrix of protein bonds that help give strength to the stratum corneum and help your skin form a protective barrier from the outside environment.
Once skin cells reach the outermost layers of the stratum corneum, they are naturally shed to make way for newer skin cells. As we age, skin cell turnover rates slow significantly; a process that takes 2-3 weeks in young skin can take upwards of 6-8 weeks in mature skin. When skin cells are not shed properly, they accumulate on the skin’s surface, resulting in rough, dry, dull looking skin, clogged pores, and blemishes.
Incorporating exfoliation into your skin care regimen is a fantastic way to promote healthy skin cells turnover with age. There are two main types of exfoliating products — mechanical exfoliants use abrasive ingredients such as sugar, salt, or pumice to mechanically remove dead cells from the skin’s surface, while chemical exfoliants use ingredients that help break down that protein bonds that hold dead skin cells together so that they are more easily sloughed off.
Use an Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub preferably one that utilizes beet sugar crystals and papaya extract, which work together to provide gentle mechanical and chemical exfoliation while soothing and hydrating skin. Exfoliation helps encourage cell renewal and leaves skin looking and feeling radiant. Exfoliation works by gently lifting and removing dead skin cells that leave the skin dull and lack lustre, and gently sloughs them away to reveal brighter, healthier, newer layers of skin. This fresher layer of skin leaves your complexion looking fresh, radiant and youthful. Always make sure you use a quality exfoliator with smaller grains, instead of scrubs with larger grains as these can tear and cause irritation to the delicate skin area, doing more harm than good.
1) Remove dead dry skin cells.
2) Reveal healthy, radiant skin.
3) Prevent the cell buildup associated with clogged pores and acne.
4) Help reduce hyperpigmentation.
5) Support heathy skin cell turnover.
So go ahead — it’s time to get glowing!