Ever wonder what causes uneven skin tone, fine lines and dull looking skin? On healthy youthful skin, the cells on the face follow a 30-40 day cycle of growing, migrating to the surface and ultimately sloughing off meaning you have completely new skin every 30-40 days. As you age, the process of new cell growth slows down, prolonging this cycle and dead cells on the surface begin to build up. Sun exposure also causes damaged, “senile” areas where cells generate too much pigment, leading to dark spots or uneven pigmentation. In addition, cumulative, environmental stressors and hormonal changes can accelerate this aging process, reducing the body’s ability to produce new collagen. Altogether, this leads to the common visible signs of aging including uneven skin tone, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin and more.
Exfoliating your skin with resurfacing technologies including Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid, Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid and retinoids like all-trans-retinol have been shown to assist the cellular turnover process as well as support production of new collagen and elastin. The result is an improvement in the appearance of skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage.