Cellular Turnover and Collagen Production

When it comes to beauty and skincare products, there are always some trendy “buzz words”.  Right now, we’re hearing a lot about cellular turnover and collagen product, but if you’re like me, you may not know exactly what these terms mean.  Let’s take a few minutes to dissect each one, learn how they are important for healthy skin, and talk about some products you can invest in to improve your skin’s cellular turnover rate and collagen production.

What is Cellular Turnover?

Cellular turnover is the lifespan of our skin cells.  Every 28-40 days our skin goes through a process called “desquamation”, in other words, every month or so new skin cells are born and old ones are sloughed off (we won’t talk about where they go…)  Babies and young children are constantly growing, so their skin cells are turning over at a very rapid rate.  In fact, their cellular turnover rate is twice as fast as adults!  This is why they have such beautiful, glowing skin!  The older we get, the slower our systems work, and the longer it takes to turn over newborn skin cells.

What is Collagen Production?

Collagen is the protein that holds our bodies together.  It can be found in our bones, our muscles, and our skin.  Just like with our cellular turnover rate, our collagen production also slows down as we age.  Younger skin contains abundant, tightly packed collagen resulting in a stronger skin structure and less wrinkles.  As we age, our skin is less supported and more vulnerable to damage due to the decrease in collagen production.

5 Things You Can Do To Boost Cellular Turnover and Collagen Production

Although slower cellular turnover and a decrease in collagen production are facts of life, there are some things we can do to help speed up the desquamation process.  Remember, the faster our cells regenerate and the more collagen we can produce, the younger and more radiant our skin looks!

1. Make Sleep a Priority

Amazing things are happening while you sleep! Your skin works all night long to rehabilitate and repair. Just like our muscles, our skin needs that time of rest.  Believe it or not, your skin is producing collagen at a faster rate while you sleep.  During those precious hours of sleep your body’s water content is balancing, your stress levels are low, and your skin is on a mini retreat.  Try sleeping on a satin silk pillowcase for an extra special skincare treat.

2. Wash Your Face Before You Go To Sleep

In order to prepare your skin for those precious hours of rehab, it is so important to prep it through cleansing. Think about all of the toxins in the air (car exhaust, smoke, cleaning chemicals, germs), and think about how many times during the day you touch your face after touching another surface (a doorknob in a public place, a shopping cart, or a gas pump).  If you DO wear makeup they say you age 7 times faster if you don’t wash the makeup off of your skin before you go to bed.

3. Exfoliate Regularly

Exfoliation is the process of gently removing old, dead cells from your skin with products that contain a bit of texture or “grit” to them.  This is not a painful process, in fact exfoliation has become one of my favorite steps in my skincare routine.  I exfoliate twice a week, and afterwards my skin always feels so soft and smooth.  It is important not to over-exfoliate though!  Once or twice a week is often enough to help your skin get rid of the old skin allowing the newborn skin to come to the surface.

4. Drink Plenty of Water and Eat a Vitamin Rich Diet

Healthy skin is hydrated skin.  Try to drink half your weight in water (example, if you weigh 140lbs, try to drink 70oz of water every day). Hydrated skin is plump, soft, and smooth.  Also, try to eat foods naturally enriched with Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.  These vitamins are all directly or indirectly involved in repairing and protecting the skin.  Swap out foods containing dairy and sugar for more fruits and veggies, and you’re sure to see an improvement in your skin.

5. Use Products That Help Speed Up The Cellular Turnover Rate

Besides eating a diet rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, we can look for products that contain these healing nutrients as well!  Here are a few of my favorite products that help to speed up the cellular turnover rate.  I’ll list their key ingredients too, so you can see why these products are so powerful in the cellular turnover rate process.  You can click on each product name for a closer look.

  • Vitamin C SerumGet healthy, glowing skin with this radiance-enhancing lightweight serum. The antioxidant-rich formula penetrates deeply to brighten and protect skin, morning and night.
    • Vitamin C fights free radicals and gives a radiant look
    • Orange Stem Cell boosts elasticity and repairs damaged cells to reduce the appearance of inflammation
  • Overnight Ultra Lift Creme Repair and regenerate your skin while you sleep with this rich, anti-aging crème. This advanced night crème will help your skin feel firmer, lifted and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Advanced Peptides reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote elasticity and firmness to skin
  • Triple Enzyme Facial Peel  This gentle exfoliating crème is infused with natural fruit enzymes to reveal smoother and brighter skin. This nourishing formula purifies skin, leaving complexion looking fresh and radiant.
    • Papaya enzyme smooths and resurfaces skin
    • Pineapple enzyme increases collagen production and brightens complexion
    • Pomegranate enzyme is a powerful antioxidant that protects skin against environmental stressors
  • Microdermabrasion Creme This gentle alternative to chemical peels helps soften age spots and reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines.
    • Volcanic Micro-Crystals provide deep exfoliation to smooth fine lines and wrinkles
    • Green tea, chamomile and sunflower seed oil contain powerful anti-aging benefits

Here’s to amazing, healthy, younger-looking skin!

~ Susan Larimer