I want to share with you my weekly routine for keeping my 46-year-old skin radiant and glowing. One of the most critical steps, in my opinion, is exfoliation.
A little physiology: Individual cells are known as keratinocytes. New keratinocytes grow at the lowest level of the epidermis, which bonds with the next layer of skin, the dermis. The new skin cells gradually make their way to the top layer. When they reach the top, they die and are “weathered” by the environment and your daily activities. The top “dead” layer is called the stratum corneum.
Over time, the dead cells break away from the epidermis and fall off, making room for newer cells growing up from below. It takes roughly one month for new cells to get all the way to the top layer, meaning the skin you have a month from today will be completely new compared to the skin you have now.
It is estimated that you have approximately 1.6 trillion skin cells. Of those billions of skin cells, between 30,000 and 40,000 of them fall off every hour. Over a 24-hour period, you lose almost a million skin cells.
Exfoliation helps remove these dead skin cells from the surface, leaving your skin radiant and smooth. As your skin regenerates, the surface contains dead skin cells that can leave your complexion dull and lifeless.
My weekly routine includes exfoliation at least twice a week. I use both Dirty-Ex @Midnight (weekend) and Dirty Ex Sweet Revenge (mid-week) to release the dead cells, stimulate my skin, improve circulation and increase the absorption of the nutrients I apply (skin-food).
- Wash face with Earth or Ocean Face Wash
- Exfoliate with Dirty Ex @Midnight or Sweet Revenge
- Apply Herbal-Clay Face Mask (5 minutes)
- Infiniti Toner spritz
- Moisturizer or Serum (Beyond), Fire and Ice Treatment 1-2 times a week
Once you remove the sloughing outer surface, you are left with an extremely soft, smooth and hungry surface- and this is the perfect time to apply an herbal-clay based face mask to draw our impurities and help stimulate circulation. Read more