Human skin has three layers
Outermost layer of skin. Provides a waterproof barrier and creates our skin tone.
Beneath the epidermis, contains tough connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
The deeper subcutaneous tissue made of fat and connective tissue.
Only the epidermis is visible to the human eye. It is that miraculous outer skin layer that replenishes itself in a 30-day cycle.
The epidermis is that expendable layer of skin that protects the body from the external world. These epidermal skin cells take an environmental beating for 30 days before they retire and detach.
In that 30-day cycle a skin cell is born round and full of water which makes it young and translucent.
As each day passes and newer skin cells are made, the older skin cell is pushed closer to the outer surface of the epidermis.
As the skin cell pushes outward, the oldest skin cells (28-30 days old) have done their duty and detach from the outermost surface of the skin.
The goal of skincare is to maintain that skin cell to keep it full of water during its 30-day life.
The plumper and more hydrated the skin cell, the younger the appearance of skin. Advanced skin care is designed to do just that.
It is important not to overthink skin care as it is as basic as brushing our teeth. Done daily our teeth stay healthy.
Advanced skin care includes ingredients that attract and hold hydration into the surface skin cells.
Remember, young skin cells are round and full of water which makes them supple and translucent.
Two most important skin care steps to maximize the youthful appearance of your skin.
Use advanced skin care that includes ingredients that attract and hold hydration into the surface skin cells.
Encourage a healthy detachment/exfoliation of dead surface skin cells. This exposes the fresher, younger looking skin cells just underneath.
There are additional concerns in maintaining a healthy skin cell life cycle. Let’s first learn how to maintain the basic hydration integrity of a skin cell before talking about protection. (SPF, antioxidants, etc)
Also, lifestyle, drinking water and diet are all great contributors to the health of our skin.
What attracts and keeps water in your skin
A powerful humectant that attracts and holds on to water, making it the ultimate skin moisturizer. This helps to hydrate skin and keep it moist and supple by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water.
Because it attracts and binds to water, it causes slight swelling. This swelling helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and gives skin a more youthful appearance. The added water reflects light better to physically make skin look younger.
What are exfoliators and why do we want to use them?
Skin replenishes itself every 30 days. Once full grown, our body has less incentive to create skin cells at our previous growing-up rate.
Surface skin cells die but are still attached. They no longer hold water and light, and mask the brightness of the skin cells below.
The weekly removal/exfoliation of surface dead skin cells exposes the fresh living skin cells and promotes more rapid skin cell reproduction. This results in our skin behaving and looking like young translucent skin.
The instruction and advice I share with anyone who wants to exfoliate is this.
It is important to understand why this simple and inexpensive activity promotes younger looking skin.
By gently and consistently removing the build-up of surface dead skin cells, our body responds by making fresh new skin cells at a more rapid rate. Our skin begins to mimic its performance as when we were growing into maturity. You basically trick the skin to work harder. It is happy to do so because your skin wants to protect you by maintaining a healthy amount of surface skin cells. You just need to give your skin a reason.
How you exfoliate matters. Even though the surface layer of skin cells are dead, they are still attached. If you aggressively remove them by any means, a scrub, a wash cloth, a brush, this will only cause damage to your skin.
Think of exfoliation as an act of seduction or a massage. Gently and continually circle in an area until the dead skin cell loosens and voluntarily leaves the body. In this manner there is no tear on the surface of the skin and your skin cell regenerators happily replace the now removed dead skin cells.
If the dead skin cell is aggressively removed, a small tear occurs on the skin and the skin goes in to repair mode rather than replenish mode. This mean that along with cells renewing, clotting blood cells are also sent to that area and repair must take place before revealing the younger, fresher skin cells underneath.
For best results think slow and long when it comes to exfoliation.
Personal note: Of all the personal skin care methods and products, proper exfoliation is the most effective practice in always maintaining the smoothest, healthiest and young looking skin.
Here are my products that exfoliate and help promote better exfoliation.
Gives skin a professional, spa-like exfoliating facial. Contains microdermabrasion scrub that safely and efficiently removes dead skin cells leaving a silky smooth texture that is ready to welcome rejuvenating new skin cells. Recommended for: All skin types. Paraben free • Talc free • Lanolin free. Made in USA
I recommend a weekly exfoliation and more if skin feels rough or looks flaky.
Products containing Glycolic Acid to promote easier exfoliation.
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CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.
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