Maybe you've heard the term before, maybe you haven't. Either way, we can figure out what to do about it together.
WHAT IS SKIN TURNOVER?
Skin turnover, or cell turnover is the term used to describe the constant shedding of dead skin cells and subsequent replacement with younger cells.
HOW LONG DOES NORMAL SKIN TURNOVER TAKE?
I bet you'd love it if I said it only takes a few days. This may have been true when you were a baby, but the more seasoned you become the longer it takes.
Depending on your age, a full skin cell turnover takes approximately 4 weeks. However, it may take longer to see the benefits of new skincare ingredients or products.
WHY IS SKIN TURNOVER SO IMPORTANT?
Skin cell turnover is necessary for both skin health and appearance. If dead skin cells are not removed from the surface, they present a risk for clogged pores and bacterial infection, creating ideal conditions for acne breakouts. Accumulated dead skin cells also lead to a dull, uneven complexion.
THE MILLION $$$ QUESTION: HOW DO I SPEED UP MY SKIN'S TURNOVER RATE?
To increase the rate of cell turnover, you can also take matters into your own hands… literally. Through chemical and manual exfoliation, you can gently slough away the upper layers of the stratum corneum, encouraging newer, plumper cells to the surface.
PRO-SKIN TURNOVER INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR
retinoids, AHAs, and niacinamide