What exactly is skin cellular turnover?
"Cell turnover is the continuous process of shedding dead skin cells and subsequently replacing them with younger cells," explains David Lortscher board certified dermatologist and curology founder. Your skin is exposed to wear and tear everyday, be it from UV rays, bacteria, dirt, scratches or bruises. This is why your skin cells continuously regenerate to constantly supply new skin cells to replace the old ones. Skin cell turnover is affected by various factors - be it your age, diet, hormones or even the skincare products you are using.
As we grow older, it takes longer for old skin cells to be replaced. It takes around 40-50 days for your epidermis to completely turn over on average, but that timeline only increases as we age. This increases the chances of getting wrinkles and freckles and other signs of ageing. It also makes our skin more prone for bacteria accumulation as it accumulates on the outer layer of our skin.
Just like any other medicine or diet, speeding your skin cellular turnover does not happen overnight. However, this is where exfoliation comes in. Using a gentle exfoliator, like Bright Skies Gentle Gel Exfoliator, aids in accelerating this process. You can help your skin cells regenerate faster with exfoliants, which get the job done in many ways. "If you disturb the process, cellular turnover gets encouraged. The cells are detached from the skin and start to pile up on top of each other," explains Rachel Liverman, CEO and co-founder of a skin-care center in United States. As old skin cells are removed, new skin cells are replaced and formed on top - allowing your skin to look healthy and dewy!