“It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it.”
What Are Dead Skin Cells?
Our skin has sebaceous glands that produce naturally hydrating oils and a built-in process that constantly produces new skin cells while shedding the old. Skin cells — also called keratinocytes — are composed of a protein called keratin and are formed in the epidermis. During its life cycle, a skin cell travels up through
the epidermis to the dermis until it reaches the skin’s outermost layer (called the stratum corneum). When it reaches the outer layer, or surface layer, the skin cell dies and is eventually shed through a process called desquamation. Every hour nearly 40,000 skin cells are shed, and it takes one skin cell about a month t
As our old, dead skin cells are shed each day, they reveal new cells underneath. There are some things you can to do minimize the accumulation of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. But first let's understand why?
AGING - As we age, the cellular renewal slows down. We don’t shed dead skin cells at the same rate and oil production decreases. As a result, the skin can become drier and there’s a buildup of dead skin cells that make you look dull and aged.
WRONG SKINCARE - Forgetting to cleanse your skin at night? Using heavy moisturizers without exfoliating the dead skin off first? You may have dead skin cells lingering around longer than they should. Excess oil, dirt, or makeup residue makes it difficult for the skin to shed old skin cells. And quite frankly makes your skin lazy at shedding due to all the excess reside left on."Excuse me, trying to come through!"
SKIN CONDITIONS FLARING UP - It's completely normal as our climate changes, for your skin to feel a bit lack luster or not cooperating. Climate change can end up causing your skin to lose hydration, which can trap dead skin cells underneath, cause a buildup and even weaken the barrier which is exemplified in high amounts of irritation, eczema etc. Try sleeping with a humidifier to optimize the water content in your skin.
EXFOLIATORS -There are a variety of exfoliators on the market. You want to ensure you are using a safe product for your skin type and ethnicity. Yes! To be short, physical exfoliants offer a manual dermabrasion of the skin (scrubs, devices, washcloths), compared to chemical exfoliants which are composed of acid or enzyme based ingredients that loosen adhesion of dead skin cells and/or increase cellular renewal. That latter is my choice for winter and for skin of color. Proper forumlas provide a holistic approach to skin by addressing age management, acne, texture, laxity, hydration, pigmentation and more. Its important to use broad-spectrum SPF during the daytime because chemical exfoliants can cause hypersensitivity to the sun. Meaning you are exposing new baby skin to the sun to cook! No bueno.
Chemical Exfoliants For Winter -
Sircuit Cosmceuticals Savior™+ problem skin cleanser thoroughly cleans and helps to keep your skin clear without over-drying or stripping. It is a Sulfate-Free (no Sodium Lauryl Sulfates or SLS) cleanser with 2% Salicylic Acid and 5% L-Lactic Acid is specifically formulated to exfoliate, help decongest pores and assist in the reduction of breakouts. It is meant to help improve tone and texture, minimize imperfections and to fight against the ongoing conditions that can occur with problem skin.
Deeply cleanses and purifies without over-drying or stripping.
Gently exfoliates to decongest pores which helps to reduce breakouts.
Clarifies the skin, improving overall tone and texture.
Vivant Skincare's Mandelic Wash An underrated AHA powerhouse of antioxidant, free-radical fighting, and strength. It gently exfoliates, controls acne-causing bacteria (antimicrobial & antifungal), brightens and balances skin tone, and stimulates collagen production. Ultra fresh. Ultra gentle. Ultra restorative. PERFECT for skin of color fighting acne and post inflammatory pigmentation. A MUST in my book. OH... and its pregnancy safe.
Mandelic Acid: A naturally derived extract of bitter almonds. Particularly effective in targeting acne, age spots, discoloration, and wrinkles while minimizing irritation. A natural skin lightener.
Green Tea Extract: Rich in Vitamins E and C, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Beneficial for maintenance of collagen formation and healthy skin.
Grape Seed Oil: A hydrating agent rich in nutrients and free-radical fighting antioxidants. Helps tighten skin and combat effects of UV radiation.
Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant features a warming forumula on contact to open pores and penetrate deep for an intensive cleansing experience. Salicylic acid and retinol boost cell turnover while lactic acid reduces fine lines, wrinkles and hydrates. Licorice root extract minimizes hyperpigmentation and clove and rosewood oils soothe inflammation for a smooth texture.
Polishes away dull skin to leave a smooth & fresh finish, and thermal technology to drive ingredients
Eminence's Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser is a milky gel that lightly lathers to slough off dead skin without manual exfoliation or over-stripping. The Lactic Acid Complex and mangosteen in this cleanser work together to restore a smooth, radiant complexion.
Mangosteen: A super fruit that helps protect skin from drying environmental stressors while promoting natural radiance
Lactic Acid Complex (Lactic Acid, Ribose, Red Clover Flower Extract): A proprietary blend of actives; gently resurfaces skin and refines pores for a more luminous, even, and youthful looking complexion
Lactic Acid: Gentle alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) exfoliant; removes buildup and improves skin hydration for a brighter, smoother complexion
Ribose (from Corn Seeds): promotes the look of smoother, revitalized skin
Red Clover Flower Extract: refines and improves skin tone to minimize pore size
What are some chemical exfoliants YOU love?