Want younger looking skin? Then you need to increase Skin Cell Turn Over!
We are always talking about “skin cell turn over”. That is the process when new skin cells are being produced and replaced. Deep in the complex web of our skin, new cells are constantly working their way up from the dermis to the outermost stratum corneum, to replace the old skin cells which are:
- damaged by sun
By replacing the outermost, damaged skin cells with prime, baby fresh cells, we can literally turn back the clock to a younger complexion. That doesn't mean we can just wipe away years of neglect and damages, but we can improve the texture and look of the skin many times over. By continuing this process again and again, we can help to remove even the deeper, stubborn problems that make their way to the surface.
Doesn't my skin regenerate and turn over on its own anyways?
Sure it does. If you want to wait about a month and a half - minimum. You may see some positive changes in that time period - IF you aren't still damaging your skin again during that time frame. If you are still following your old skin care ways, you won't end up ahead at the end of that cycle. You will still be looking at the same face in the mirror.
You see we don't want to only replace those cells, we want to replace them and hyper-correct any new issues from arising as we do our weekly work. We want to exfoliate, correct, exfoliate, correct and follow that pattern until our skin is looking healthy and alive again.
In young healthy skin this renewal process takes around 6 weeks. And, due to the high levels of hyaluronic acid in young skin, they can literally smooth away damages, scrapes and scars during that time frame. I am sure you have looked at a small child that had an OUCH. They had a red scar for a few weeks and then GONE! You can't even tell where it was. That is the beauty of cell regeneration when you are young.
But, if you are in your 40's (or more), slow this process down to about double (or more). And those easy-healing childhood boo-boos are a thing of the past too. Now blemishes, scars and other damages like to stay right where they are. We have to think deeper to get to the heart of this problem. So what is the answer?
Chemical Peels Will Dramatically Increase Cell Turnover
Chemical peels increase skin cell turnover radically fast, which in turn improves skin texture making skin appear younger. They help to fade back damages, fine lines and stimulate new skin cells to move to the surface more quickly. Peels are a "controlled burn". The acid tells your skin it has been damaged. Then, having the amazingly smart skin that you do, it pulls the alarm and puts your body to work moving up those brand new baby cells to the surface more quickly, to replace the old. We are in essence, hyper-producing a younger skin.
What else improves in my skin when I do a peel?
When we do chemical peels, we are benefiting from the skin's own healing ability to regulate growth factors and stimulate the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluranic acid. We can also help to increase the healing of our skin by applying targeted treatments at this point for a bigger transformation. Fade products for dark pigmentation, vitamin A for more tissue regeneration and collagen stimulation. Topical growth factors such as Regenerate immediately following a peel treatment will increase the rate in which the epidermis is reproduced.
After peels, we can expect our results to include:
- thicker dermis - where our collagen and elastin resides.
- thinner stratum corneum - outermost layer of dead skin cells.
- smoother surface - refined texture and minimized pores.
- tighter skin - increase tension and reduce laxity.
- less pigmentation - fading back the layers of pigment deposits.
The production of growth factors, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid all slow with age, so the goal in anti-aging is to preserve and increase the production all of these things. Collagen is a protein that gives skin it’s volume strength and structure, while elastin is what gives skin it’s elasticity (or ability to snap back). Hyaluronic acid is a key molecule involved in skin moisture, as it binds and retains water up to 1000x its own molecular weight.
By giving our skin the tools to regenerate and increase cell turnover, we can improve, and even eradicate, fine lines and pigmentation. Most topical ingredients can NOT touch these points. Chemical peels are a unique way to improve your skin from within! By performing a series of peels (6-8 peels in a weekly or bi-weekly basis) we can expect real changes.
At home peels are a excellent way to improve your skin. Safety is always a concern though, so you absolutely MUST limit your chemical peel purchases to someone like Platinum Skin Care. www.platinumskincare.com creates CERTIFIED PEELS for home use and professional use. They guarantee their peels to be the exact percentages, pH levels and purity levels stated. All peels come with a certificate of authenticity and are safety sealed.
Start your journey to younger looking skin by choosing which acid you would like to work with. The easiest way to see how a peel will fit into your schedule is by taking a look at the "down-time". Down-time happens because the skin is preparing to release the skin cells and is no longer receiving any moisture or nourishment from the body.
Down time is when:
- Your skin is actively flaking.
- Pigmentation can look darker during this phase.
- Lines will appear deeper.
- Skin will look crepey.
You can look at our in-depth chart on the acids, their strengths, comparisons, what is best for your skin issues and more on our Everything You Want To Know About Chemical Peels Page.
The most popular peels that are chosen for their anti-aging properties are as follows:
- TCA - 13% is an excellent percentage to begin with if you have time in your schedule to allow 3-7 days of flaking. It is a layer-able peel that can be applied 1x for a mild peel and up to 5x for a deeper peel. It is excellent for fine, and deeper, lines, pigmentation and even scarring.
- MANDELIC - 22% is perfect for those who can only have 2-3 days of light flaking in their schedule. It is applied only one time and will remain on for about 5-10 minutes. It can be used weekly and is excellent for pigmentation, fine lines, melasma, acne and more.
- LACTIC - 50% is probably the mildest acid that can be used. It has a large molecule and is very low on the irritation scale. It is best for drier, pigmented skin types that are looking for no visible peeling to very light flakes.
Choose your downtime and start the process now. Each acid is a click-able link to our Certified Peels. As always, if you have questions about the peels or percentages suggested here in this posting, please call us at 1-800-917-3155 Monday - Friday from 9-5 EST. You may also email us or Chat with us. Look for the Chat Tab on the bottom of the page during business hours.