To achieve smoother radiant youthful skin, the ideal solution is to exfoliate. When we are younger our skin naturally produces new skin cells, and the dead skin eventually sloughs away. However, when we have a blemish or when we get older we need that process to occur more rapidly. By exfoliating we can remove the dead skin cells and bring desirable skin to the surface. To speed up the process it is best to use active ingredients that are designed to encourage cell turnover. Key ingredients used to promote cellular turnover are retinol, AHA’s also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids ( gycolic acid), Beta Hydroxy Acid, and Salicylic Acid.
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Ingredients such as retinol, Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid, are designed for resurfacing and exfoliating. By adding these active ingredients to topical creams and serums, they will encourage cell turnover, and remove those unwanted dead skin cells. Cell turnover is the constant shedding of dead skin. A process in which an active ingredient will promote the creation of new skin cells, and remove old skin cells from the surface. The new skin cells are smoother, softer, and more vibrant. These active ingredients help with wrinkles, fine lines, and problematic skin that deal with acne. For skin that is sensitive, you should always be cautious because in some cases it can be drying and cause irritation. I recommend our Refining Cream to add to your night time exfoliation regime.