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What is skin renewal and why you need to know about it

Published: Wed July 19, 2017
Categories: The Myth Minx

First of all, what is skin renewal you ask? You may be surprised to learn that your skin is both the largest and fastest growing organ in your body. The reason it’s the fastest growing organ is because it has the amazing ability to completely renew itself every 28 days (give or take). This is the process of a skin cell being produced at the lowest part of our epidermis and the approximate 28 day journey this cell makes up through the layers of the epidermis until it reaches the surface of our skin and we naturally shed it off. 

So how can skin renewal affect our complexion? Interestingly, as we age, our skin renewal will slow down in conjunction with the deceleration of our metabolism. 
The slowing of skin renewal can result in:

  • A dull lack lustre complexion
  • Appearance of the signs of ageing
  • Rough skin tone
  • Skin discolouration
  • Uneven skin tone

If any of these skin changes sound familiar to you, it is possible your body and skin is simply renewing itself more slowly than what it did in previous years.

So we know age can determine how quickly our skin is renewing itself, however the timelines will most likely come as a shock to many of you, for example:

  • Babies: 14 Days approximately for skin renewal/cell turnover
  • Teenagers: 21-28 Days approximately
  • Middle Age: 28-42 Days
  • 50 and Older: anywhere from 42-84 Days

Wow, compare a baby to an individual over 50, the baby will renew their skin every two weeks, whereas a mature individual may take up to 12 weeks for the same process to occur. That is a staggering difference. This is why a baby’s skin is always so soft, smooth and clear, not to mention fast healing too. A baby’s skin does not have the opportunity to be exposed to the environmental elements for long, like an adults skin does, effectively mitigating the ‘wear and tear’ affect.

It’s not age alone that dictates how fast or slow our skin will renew itself, there are other factors at play here, for example:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • Lifestyle & Environment (UV exposure is a big player here)
  • Health status
  • Medications
  • Skincare regime

There are 3 simple steps you can take to support skin renewal at any age:

  1. Use sun protection in the form of SPF 50+ every day – UV light from sun exposure has the ability to damage cells in the Germinative layer of our epidermis; this slows their rate of cell division and renewal. It’s in this layer of skin that a new skin cell is formed.
  2. Ensure your natural barrier function is protected – this means using the correct products (especially moisturiser) for your skin and avoiding anything in your lifestyle that could impair your skins barrier (such as aggressive over exfoliating, stripping products, hot showers etc).
  3. Regularly exfoliate (using the suitable exfoliant for your skin) - exfoliation assists in smoothing the skin through surface removal of dead skin. This in turn triggers cell renewal at the lower layers of skin.

Skincare tips to assist with skin renewal

Specific Skinstitut products are designed to assist with skin renewal, this is achieved as they help to speed up the process via surface cell removal and/or stimulation to the lower layer of skin responsible for cell division (germinative layer). 

Myth Minx’s top picks include:

  • A medium or high intensity cleanser, either L-Lactic Cleanser or Glycolic Cleanser 12%. More sensitised, finer, mature skins will prefer L-Lactic Cleaner whereas someone with a slightly more resilient skin tone will enjoy Glycolic Cleanser 12%. The use of alpha hydroxyl acids in both of these cleansers enhance epidermal shedding and increases cell turnover allowing for increased product efficacy (eg. when applying correctors).
  • A high intensity corrector like Retinol Serum - Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that promotes cell renewal in the skin by increasing collagen and elastin production. Skin appears smoother with a clearer, lifted and more even skin tone. It reverses, prevents and repairs the appearance of skin damage.
  • A treatment mask such as Hydrating Mask – this addresses surface texture delivering hydration to improve skin luminosity and radiance. Combats dull, lack lustre or rough skin often seen with slowed skin renewal and refreshes the complexion via a skin plumping action to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Understanding the correct product for your skin is vital as overuse or the wrong choice could lead to sensitivity. To discover the best homecare regime for your skin simply visit your local Skinstitut stockist for a thorough skin consultation and prescription:

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