Boosting Skin Cell Turnover

Boosting Skin Cell Turnover

Boosting skin cell turnover

Cell turnover is used to describe the constant shedding of dead skin cells and subsequent replacement with younger cells. The skin naturally sheds dead skin cells through a process called desquamation.

Our skin naturally sheds skin approximately every 28-30days, which makes room for new skin cells, releveling healthy glowing skin.

But sometimes, dead skin cells (keratinocytes) don’t shed on their own and can lead to clogged pores, dry and flaky skin.

As we age, this cell turnover process declines rapidly and can leave your skin looking dull and sallow.

So how can we fix this issue of declining cell turnover ….

The secret is here.


Exfoliation uses a product, chemical, and or machine to remove the most outmost layers of your skin, the stratum corneum.


The benefits of exfoliating include

Unclogs pores

Can prevent acne

It helps skincare penetrate deeper

Boots circulation and lymphatic drainage

Evens out skin tone

Reduces skin congestion

purifies and decongests


Types of exfoliation

Mechanical – physical loosen to remove dead skin Cells




Chemicals loosen the bonds between dead skin cells so they can shed more quickly.

Examples of chemical exfoliants are Latic,  salicylic,  glycolic, and mandelic acid.

Which do I prefer?

I always suggest that my clients use a chemical type of exfoliation as this has minor damage to the skin structure and causes less inflammation.

Now before you start scrubbing daily, there are a few things that you need to know.

How often should you exfoliate

Less is best for exfoliation; cleanse twice daily, and exfoliate once twice a week maximum.

The goal isn’t to make your face red or to sting. Exfoliating is a gentle process to encourage the dull and dead skin to leave and reveal healthy, glowing skin.


When not to exfoliate….

Sometimes exfoliation can do more harm than good, in particular

If you have open lesions, cuts, e.g., cold sores, impetigo on your face, it’s best to avoid exfoliation, as this can further irritate the area or cause the infection to spread.

Or if you are sunburnt exfoliating will just further irritate and cause more damage to the skin.

If you have skin conditions such as rosacea, cystic acne, and perioral dermatitis. In that case, this can cause more harm than good as the skin is already inflamed, and exfoliating would be causing further inflammation.

Another reason to hold back on exfoliation is if you have severe acne. Using harsh chemical exfoliants may encourage post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which can last longer than the acne itself.

My favourite Exfoliators

Ultraderm Dual Treatment Mask available at

Clear skincare available at Priceline



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