We are all aging all the time. But have you ever wondered why young skin always looks so fresh and radiant? Well, if you have good genes that helps but the main reason is because younger skin renews itself faster than older skin.
In a young person, the outer layer of the skin also known as the epidermis, completely rejuvenates itself every 28 to 30 days. This is what gives the fresh and rosy look.
On the other hand, as we age, the outer layer renewal process slows down. So much so that by the time we are in our 40's it could take 50 or more days.
When the dead cells don't slough off as fast, it causes a build-up.
The epidermis becomes thickened and all the extra skin cells get packed into the pores which makes them look larger.
So if you have a thick layer of dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your face, your skin is going to look very dull and drab.
This is where exfoliation comes into play by helping the natural skin cell shedding process.
Did you know that the dead skin that we shed makes up more than 90% of house dust?(gross–but true)
Types of Exfoliators
Chemical Exfoliators can be found in products like cleansers, toners, and masks. They work by going between the layers of the epidermis and breaking down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Some of the most popular chemical exfoliators include glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid.
Mechanical Exfoliators physically remove the dead skin cells by essentially scrubbing them away. Mechanical exfoliators that use sugars, salts, or polyethylene beads are gentle yet effective for the skin. It's best to stay away from abrasive pads that can leave the skin raw and irritated.
Try replacing your regular facial cleanser 3x per week with an exfoliating product. This will help to refine the skin's surface and allow for treatment products to better penetrate.
Gentle exfoliation whether it be chemical or mechanical is a great way to get your skin to act like it's younger than it is.
The right type of exfoliation will help your skin look fresher, brighter, and smoother.
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Tasha Nelson is a registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a skin care and wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. Nurses spend the majority of their time serving others but often put themselves on the "back burner". It is possible to be a night shift nurse and feel good and look great!