As we age, the speed at which our skin cells renew themselves decreases daily, therefore cell turnover slows. As these dead skin cells build up, our skin becomes dull and fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable. Removing the dead cellular buildup can stimulate the skin to produce new skin cells quicker, increasing cellular turnover.
Dead skin cells are removed through exfoliation revealing fresh and youthful looking skin. Exfoliation can be accomplished physically or chemically. Physical exfoliation occurs during a microdermabrasion and chemical exfoliation through chemical peels which dissolve the glue holding the dead skin cells together.
If you’ve never had a microdermabrasion treatment, it’s actually very relaxing and feels like a cat’s tongue licking your face. If you try a chemical peel, you probably won’t feel any sensation during the procedure, however your skin may peel or shed 2-3 days after the procedure.
Another option to try is Retinol-type products, which are topical solutions you may use daily to stimulate exfoliation thus increasing cell turnover.