The many benefits of exfoliationThe primary function of the epidermis is “to keep the insides in and the outside out”, and without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells(and whatever bacteria that comes in contact with) can get trapped on the skin’s surface. When they’re trapped, they build up, and keep all the nastiness IN. Mild daily exfoliation enables the skin to shed this unwanted layer more effectively and better absorb additional daily cosmeceutical ingredients.
The life of a skin cellFrom beginning to end, the life cycle of every skin cell you have is about 28-30 days. During the last week of this cycle, cells become ﬂaky and dull. Our skin works hard to shed these dead cells, but this process takes longer and longer as we age. That’s why using a product to exfoliate skin is key.
Week 1: A cell is “born” – bright, new and healthy. This layer is regenerative (it is closest to blood ﬂow in the dermis) and provides color to the skin.
Week 2: Here, the skin cell still maintains a healthy color. Its shape becomes more irregular as it begins to accumulate toughening proteins — preparing to become part of your body’s most protective barrier.
Week 3: The mature cell has now broken down a bit with age. It is wider, ﬂatter, and adheres strongly to other cells. This cell is tough and protective.
Week 4: It only takes a few weeks for this once healthy skin cell to become ﬂaky, dehydrated and colorless. This ﬁnal stage consists of about 10 to 30 sub-layers of dead cells. Two to three of these layers are shed daily. Exfoliation will help the process.