What is a Skin Cycle and why it is important?
A skin cycle is the process where a new skin cell is formed at the deepest layer of the epidermis and works it’s way up to the surface of the skin. At this point the skin cell has matured and ultimately flakes off.
A skin cycle can vary with each individual and is affected by such factors as age, hormones, skin condition/health and stress. On average a skin cycle is 5-6 weeks. At the age of 19-21,the process can take 14-21 days compared to a middle-aged adult where it is estimated to be 28 days. As we grow older, this skin cycle slows to about 45-60 days in our 40’s and 50’s. It can further slow to about 60-90 days in our 50’s and 60’s.
Why is this important?
As we age our skin cycle slows down and dead cells accumulate on the surface of skin causing sagging and fine lines and wrinkles. Bacteria can become trapped causing blemishes and breakouts. Discoloured and irregular cells can also become trapped causing spots and discolouration. So it is important to choose skin care products that can accelerate your cellular turnover and keep fresh new skin cells flourishing to the surface.
When starting a new skin care regime, it is advised to wait approximately 1-3 skin cycles so 6 – 18 weeks to see improved results. This gives the skin care chance to work on making changes to the cell’s health, condition, vitality and strength. When the outer surface of skin is made of newer skin cells, skin feels softer and looks more vibrant. By maintaining an average 28-day or faster replacement cycle through healthy lifestyle choices and a regular skin care routine that addresses the basics of skin, your skin will appear smoother and more youthful.
Patience is Key
Be patient with new skin care and give it time to do it’s job. Cosmeceutical skincare is designed to work on the deeper layers of the skin so immediate results are not always seen. Over the counter skin care works on the surface of your skin, so it may immediately feel soft but long term benefits will not be comparable.
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