The process of cell renewal is a natural part of the skin's regenerative cycle. It involves the shedding of old, dead skin cells and the production of new cells to replace them. This process helps to keep the skin healthy, fresh and vibrant.
The outermost layer of the skin, called the epidermis, has several layers of cells. As new cells are formed, they gradually move towards the surface of the skin. Once the cells reach the outermost layer of the epidermis, they become dead and are ready to shed. For most adults this continuous cycle takes 30-45 days.. making way newer cells underneath.
Peeling is often a side effect of this, which can occur naturally or can be induced through various methods like exfoliation or chemical peels. Peeling helps to remove the build-up of dead cells, keep the skin active and healthy!
Factors that can affect this process
◆︎ Age: The skin cell renewal process slows down with age, resulting in a slower turnover of cells and a duller complexion.
◆︎ Sun Exposure: Excessive sun exposure can damage the skin and disrupt the normal cell renewal process, leading to uneven skin tone and texture.
◆︎ Skin Conditions: Certain skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, or eczema can affect the skin's ability to renew and shed cells properly.
◆︎ Habits: Factors like smoking, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and stress can negatively impact the skin's renewal process.
How can you naturally improve this cycle?
◆︎ Regular Exfoliation: Gentle exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell turnover. However, excessive or harsh exfoliation can damage the skin, so it's important to find the right balance.
◆︎ Hydrating: Keeping the skin well-hydrated helps to support the skin's natural renewal process and prevents excessive dryness or flaking.
◆︎ Sun Protection: Protecting the skin from harmful UV rays by using sunscreen and avoiding excessive sun • minimizes cellular damage!
◆︎ Healthy Lifestyle: Maintaining a balanced diet (rich in omega fatty acids), getting enough sleep, managing stress, and avoiding smoking can also help to achieve overall skin health.
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Thank you for reading!
This article of the Skinsider Scoop was graciously written by RN & Licensed Esthetician, Amaju