Understanding Your Skin's Life Cycle Will Change Your Outlook on Skincare
In an age of instant gratification, we have become increasingly impatient with skincare products. We want to wake up in the morning with the glowing, smooth skin we were promised on the package. However, real visible results take time.
We don't start a new diet expecting to drop a dress size overnight. Similarly, real results from skincare ingredients happen over the span of a few skin cycles when coupled with consistency and dedication.
Understanding your skin's life cycle will change the way you take care of your skin. You'll be able to set realistic expectations for skin improvement and we have some tips for how you can safely speed up the process.
The Skin Cell Cycle Explained
There are about 19 million skin cells in every inch of your body. Skin has a remarkable way of regenerating frequently since it is regularly exposed. In fact, the skin you have now will be gone as soon as 30 days from now or up to 3 months!
The cycle of life for a skin cell begins at the deepest layer of the epidermis. These brand new cells make their way up to full maturity as old ones flake off. On average, this process of sloughing and renewal takes 5-6 weeks.
The rate at which this cycle occurs varies depending on age, hormones, stress, and skin conditions.
Skin Cell Turnover As We Age
The rate of cellular turnover slows quite dramatically as we age. A middle-aged adult is estimated to have a skin cycle of about 28 days. As we grow older this cycle slows down to about 45-60 days in our 40's and 50's. It can slow even more to about 60-90 days in our 50's and 60's.
As our skin cycle slows down, dead cells accumulate on the surface of the skin which leads to sagging and wrinkles. Dead skin cell buildup can also trap bacteria or discolored cells, showing up as blemishes and skin discoloration.
Using skincare products like Oxygenetix that accelerate cellular turnover is a great way to combat these common signs of aging.
Oxygenetix topicals contain patented Ceraviate®, a yeast-cell derivative that promotes oxygen uptake in skin cells. Oxygen speeds up the healing process by promoting faster cellular growth for an increase in collagen and elastin.
Strive for a 28 Day Skin Replacement Cycle
To keep your skin healthy and vibrant, aim for a 28 day skin cycle or faster. Although age plays a big part, you can promote a faster skin cycle by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and skincare routine.
Choose Clinically Proven Cosmeceuticals
Unlike over the counter skincare that works on the surface of your skin, medical-grade cosmeceuticals work deep within the layers of your epidermis creating lasting change. So although the immediate benefits you feel from OTC skincare feels good at first, the results won't be comparable to high-quality products.
Look for Dermatologist approved products that use medical-grade ingredients. Oxygenetix has been at the forefront of the cosmeceutical realm for over a decade. Recommended by medical professionals around the world for post-procedure care, Oxygenetix delivers beauty and science together to heal and conceal compromised skin.
Give Your Skincare a Chance to Work
You won't be able to reap the full benefits of a skincare product until your skin has been given the time to go through a few cycles of renewal. Allow your old skin cells to slough off completely so newly rejuvenated ones can shine through with the added nourishment from skincare ingredients.
When starting a new skincare routine or product, it will usually take about 1-3 skin cycles to show improvements. This depends largely on the length of your skin cycle and the type of product you are introducing. Stay patient and don't be surprised if it takes 6-18 weeks to really see a difference. Your skincare needs a chance to make changes to the health and strength of your skin cells.
Mix Cosmetic Procedure with Excellent Skincare
In a recent study it was stated that cosmetic procedures have a significant positive impact on specific aspects of aging, such as deep wrinkling, sagging, and volume loss, but they do not necessarily address the overall quality of the skin.
Although skin resurfacing treatments such as laser, microdermabrasion, and micro-needling encourage collagen and elastin growth for a more youthful complexion, the upkeep that maintains lasting change is in your skincare routine. Clinically proven products will help increase the longevity of benefits from treatments, and help speed up the healing process.
Use Oxygenetix Hydro-Matrix and Oxygenating Foundation post-procedure to promote optimal healing and eliminate downtime.