Skin cell turnover is the key to healthy and youthful skin. Dermatologists and estheticians have been touting the benefits of skin peels to enhance cell turnover for years. In their practices, they have been offering skin peels, microdermabrasion and other treatments that stimulate cell growth. So before spending more money on new products that promise good skin, first focus on encouraging new cell growth.
Cell Renewal Slows Down
Beginning in our 20’s, the pace at which new cells reach the skin’s surface begin to slow down. Older skin cells stay on the surface longer and our skin begins to look dull and even yellowish.
Adults in their 30’s have about a 28 day skin cell turnover cycle. In our teens the process takes three weeks and when we are babies this natural process happens really quickly, taking only two weeks.
The Process of Keratinization
Our cells go through a maturation process called keratinization. When they are newly formed the cells are plump and healthy. But as they reach the skin’s surface they reduce to flat flakes of keratin, a protein. These dead cells build up on the surface and cause our skin to look dull and dry.
Some of dead cells naturally exfoliate, but a many stay on the epidermis leaving us with rough patches, uneven skin tone, clogged pores, breakouts and even enlarged pores.
Glycolic Peels Boost Cell Turnover
Glycolic acid peels are the holy grail of skin renewal, speeding up our natural process. Glycolic loosen the connection between our skin cell and cause the discolored and unattractive lop layers to slough off at a more rapid and even pace. This makes space for the new healthy cells to move toward the surface. The result is clear, glowing skin.
Peels have surpassed facials as the quick treatment for alleviating so many skin care concerns. Glycolic peels help with treating acne, fine lines, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and discolored skin. As they peel remove the dull damaged layers of keratin, our favorite skincare products become more effective, our makeup glides on smoother and our natural skin will glow will return.