Glowing Skin! The Importance of Exfoliation and more

Skin is the body’s largest organ with a cellular renewal period of about 28 days. The body is constantly building new skin cells. Skin cells are constantly dying and moving to the surface where they are shed. Our skin also contains many nerves, blood vessels, fat tissue, and the precious connective tissues collagen and elastin.

As we age, the renewal cycle of the skin slows down. The goal of exfoliation is not only to remove the dead cells on the surface in order to reveal younger, healthier cells, but also to encourage our body to speed up the renewal cycle and stimulate collagen production. With regular exfoliation and a faster renewal cycle, our skin’s cells become younger and more vibrant.

Our skin’s renewal is more than this dying and sloughing off process. The creation and protection of skin cells and their integrity is dependant on proper nutrition. Vitamin A is important for skin cell formation and is also an antioxidant protecting collagen from free radicals. Iron is necessary for skin cell growth. When deficient in iron skin may become dry and weak due to oxygen deprivation. Selenium is an antioxidant that protects skin from free radical damage and wrinkles. It is also believed to prevent inflammation which can lead to the breakdown of collagen tissues. Vitamin E is another antioxidant and anti-inflammatory known to assist in skin’s healing.

Many of the vitamin supplements created specifically for skin health are based on these nutrients. To achieve a radiant glow, maintaining proper nutrition, drinking plenty of water, and regular exfoliation are key.

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