Did you know as we head into our 40s and beyond, our cell regeneration slows down drastically, from 30 percent in our 20s to 50 percent in our 80s. Even the amount of collagen our skin has decreases by 1 percent each year.
But even though our body’s ability to shed skin cells and generate new ones slows, it doesn’t mean that we should lose hope on looking young even as we age! If we don’t take care of our skin, old cells can pile up and leave our faces looking uneven, dull and dry, with clogged pores and excessive oil. That’s why exfoliation is so important!
And since most of the skin cell regeneration occurs at night from 11pm and 4am, it’s ideal to exfoliate before bedtime. We have to remove the old skin cells to uncover fresh, new skin below, allowing for other products such as our moisturizer and anti-aging creams to penetrate deeply into the skin. This allows for the products to be more effective.
The problem is, not all exfoliators are good for you. That’s right, some are actually causing more damage because they can strip skin of all its moisture and natural oils, drying it out even more. And if you’re stripping your skin of its natural oils, you are also making your skin more prone to wrinkles and fine lines.
So for this week’s pick of the week, I choose Beautycounter’s Nourishing Cream Exfoliator, a gentle exfoliating cleanser made with jojoba beads that remove dead skin cells, and organic coconut oil and aloe that leaves skin hydrated even after you wash.
I recommend using the exfoliator at least two to three times a week. All you need is to apply a small amount to damp skin and massage in a circular motion. What I love about the Beautycounter exfoliator is that it can be used on all skin types, and for everyone in the family—teens and husbands included!