As we age our Cell Renewal Factor (CRF) or cell turnover rate slows down. Cell turnover is the process by which our skin produces new skin cells which travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer and then shed off the skin. This is what keeps dead cells from building up on the skin surface.
Our Cell Renewal Factor slows significantly as we age. Here is how fast our cells turn over throughout our lives:
- Babies get new skin every 14 days
- Teenagers have full renewal every 21-28 days
- In middle age, the rate slows to 28-42 days
- And after 50, your cells only renew after 42-84 days
That means as we age the top layer of skin, the one we see, touch, and even agonize over becomes dull. So it makes sense that as we age, lose our “glow”. It takes longer and longer for our skin to be renewed. This is why your esthetician at Oh Baby Salon will recommend and encourage you to practice exfoliation, through facials, chemical exfoliation treatments, or products. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells that begin to pile up due to increased time in cell renewal and gives your skin back its radiance. Its important that we do everything we can to keep our skin fresh and cared for.