Each inch of your skin contains 19 million cells,
about 1,000 nerve endings, 20 blood vessels, and around 600 sweat glands. The
complex mix of water, protein, fat, and minerals it contains give your skin its
strength and glowing, smooth appearance. Many beauty treatments, including chemical
peels from our Albuquerque-based spa, claim to
accelerate skin cell turnover—but what exactly does this mean, and why is it so
important for your complexion?
Most of the time, we don’t even realize when the
skin is taking care of itself through its own biological processes.
What we refer to as “skin cell turnover” is the
process of your skin constantly getting rid of dead cells to reveal new,
younger cells that replace them and maintain its overall health. This turnover
process happens roughly every 28 days for adults and is vital for skin health,
as the outer layers are constantly damaged by external aggressors like UV
radiation, bacteria, air pollution, and harsh chemicals.
When your skin cell turnover is fast, like it is
during childhood, the skin is smoother, supple, and more radiant, but the cycle
becomes slower and less efficient as you get older. When skin cell turnover
stagnates, you end up with blocked pores, dull skin, uneven texture, acne,
hyperpigmentation, milia, and an increased risk of developing wrinkles.
In order to maintain bright, healthy skin, you
- Use chemical or mechanical
exfoliants to scrub away the dead cells.
- Apply products containing
strong ingredients such as retinols that accelerate cell turnover, or vitamin C
products to undo damage from free radicals.
- Improve your diet by consuming healthy,
vitamin- and mineral-rich foods along with plenty of water to help flush toxins
out of the body and reduce your sugar intake to control inflammation.
- Exercise regularly to enhance blood
circulation and cleanse the skin.
- Make sure that you’re getting
enough rest. You need at least seven hours of good sleep each night to give your
skin time to repair itself and generate new cells.
If you would like to learn more about the
benefits of chemical peels from The Spa
@ Western Dermatology Consultants, call
us at 505-855-9267, or submit
a contact form
to request a consultation.