Skin Cell Renewal/Regeneration
Some parts of our bodies can repair themselves quite well after injury, but others don’t repair at all. The skin, which is the largest organ in the body, is an outer covering of dead cells and four epidermal layers. According to WebMD your skin replaces itself approximately once every 28 days. The process of skin renewal also occurs through exfoliation.
Regeneration. What does it Mean and How does it Work?
Skin takes care of itself. Stem cells are located within the skin, and actively generate differentiating cells that can ultimately form either the body surface or the hairs that emanate from it. In addition, these stem cells can replenish themselves, while continually rejuvenating skin and hair. Your skin is made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids, and different minerals and chemicals. The skin consists of two main layers, the dermis (deep layer) and the epidermis, which is the surface layer. However, there are also other smaller layers of skin located within these two sections. Those two sections are the stratum basale and stratum spinosum layers of the epidermis, which are both responsible for skin regeneration. Skin cells are born all the time and then rise to the epidermal layers of the skin. Young skin regenerates its surface area every two to three weeks on the epidermal layer. Your skin’s job is very crucial, which is to protect you from infections and germs. Throughout your life, your skin will change constantly. Since your skin can lose its elasticity over time through age, pollutants in the air and sun exposure, it is important that you consume enough vitamins and minerals to assist and promote the natural functions of the skin.
Keeping Your Skin Healthy
Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ.
- Thorough cleansing. The stratum corneum contains dead skin cells that used to exist in the epidermis. Using facial scrubs and some other skin products will remove or thin this layer. You should perform this skin care regimen twice daily. At night, make sure you remove all your make-up and cleanse properly before going to bed. Our Black Tea and Peppermint Wash works to balance out any skin type and is guaranteed to improve your skin’s appearance!
- Use a gentle cleansers.
- Balanced nutrition. This becomes even more important when your body is in need of repair, whether this is a broken bone, an infection or a wound or gash to the skin, eating foods rich in certain vitamins can help to speed up the recovery process. Healing requires nutrients found in healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. For faster recovery, eat more of these foods.
- Moisturizing. This is recommended even for those who have oily skin. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market that are oil-free. We recommend one of our Daily Regimens and Kits.
- Sunscreen. This is probably the most important thing that you can do for your skin. Even in the winter and on cloudy days, it is recommended that you put sunscreen on every day. Limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wearing protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat, are also recommended.