"The very first sign of aging is not a wrinkle; it's a lack of radiance," says dermatologist Dendy Engelman to SELF magazine. "When we’re not exfoliating or removing those top surface cells as quickly, the light doesn’t reflect off of the skin as nicely as it does when it’s very clean and properly exfoliated. Even if your skin doesn’t break out, it is going to look older, rougher, and less radiant."
When we're wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, and are in our 20s, or early 30s, our skin naturally turns over between 28-45 days.
As we get savvy and smarter, this time frame greatly increases, and even doubles. Even though we don't see it, the dead skin cells on the surface are sitting there, like little grinches, waiting to rob us of glowing, healthy looking skin.
So let's raise our glasses and cheer to exfoliating! Our exfoliants are like time capsules of healing herbs and minerals waiting to be woken up. If you're a tea drinker, it's not unlike seeping your tea bag in warm water. The elements become alive and are reawakened - like a sleeping child on Christmas morning! :)
When exfoliating properly, if at the start, or continuing as you already do, finding your happy number per week is up to you. Most do 1-3 times per week. The serums with their oils and humectants can penetrate and feed the skin like they want to without being turned away. It's also a great way to open the gates and allow anything trapped under the surface, or in a clogged pore, to find it's way out before it becomes inflamed and angry.
My Rosacea and current skin condition likes to be exfoliated (and yes, I'm very gentle about it), almost every evening. It only takes a literal minute or less, but I can visually see and feel the difference when I skip this step.
===> I've recently uncovered some photos that show my Rosacea, sensitive skin, adult acne, and the reason that Qēt was born in the first place. Blech. In January, we'll be talking about clean starts, and I'll share those newly unveiled photos with you.