Speeding up your Skin’s Metabolism

What is your skin’s metabolism? 
Skin’s metabolism refers to the processes that control collagen production, cell turnover, and repairs. Similar to your body’s own, your skin’s metabolism also slows down as you age. In our teens, the turnover process takes as little as 15-21 days, slowing to about 45 days in our 40s and even further to 60-90 days in our 50s and 60s. Environmental factors such as UV rays, pollution, and toxins such as cigarette smoke can also contribute to this decrease. 

What is skin cell turnover? 
Skin cell turnover refers to the speed that younger, healthier cells replace flakey, dead ones. When we’re young, this naturally happens at a quicker speed and like most good things, slows down as we age. This slower cellular turnover rate leads to a buildup of dead cells on the surface, which in turn can lead to a duller, dryer texture, as well as, skin that’s more prone to breakouts, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. You may also notice that your favorite skincare products are less effective since this accumulation of debris makes it more difficult for their active ingredients to do their job. 

What is collagen production? 
Collagen helps give our skin its youthful plumpness by providing elasticity and strength. In our 20s, our production slows leaving our skin looking a little deflated and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. 

Can you speed up metabolism? 
Fear not, you don’t just have to sit back and watch your metabolism slow to a lull. You can alter both your lifestyle and skincare routine to help combat this decrease and keep your youthful glow in full effect. 

Healthy living 
As with all of your body processes, eating a diet rich in antioxidants, not smoking, and staying hydrated makes a world of difference. Also, be sure not to skimp on the sunscreen. With the ability to slow down the aging process by 90%, this is indisputably the most important step of your anti-aging routine and something you should make a lifelong practice. If you’re staying indoors most of the day, one application will suffice, but if you’re spending a lot of time outside, continuous application is necessary. 

Supplement your antioxidant-rich diet by adding a vitamin C serum to your morning routine. Much like sunscreen, vitamin C is a preventative tool that helps to neutralize environmental free radicals such as pollution, cigarette smoke, exhaust, and pesticides that damage skin cells and expedite aging. Using this vitamin on a regular basis will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and inflammation, as well as, even out skin tone, brighten your complexion and promote the production of collagen and elastin – ultimately leaving skin looking tighter, brighter, and more youthful. 

Using exfoliating acids two to three times a week is a great way to help expedite skin’s metabolism. By loosening the bonds that hold the dead cells to the surface, these acids help to increase the rate of cellular turnover. This then allows your favorite products to reach deeper into your skin, increasing their effectiveness. 

Retinol or vitamin A is a superstar at increasing skin’s metabolism. It both speeds up cell turnover by exfoliating on an even deeper cellular level, while also stimulating the production of both collagen and elastin. This helps to unclog pores and fade fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation all while preventing any further damage. Please note it’s not recommended for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. 

How Deminuage can help 
While all of these products are effective on their own at increasing your cellular metabolism, using them with your Deminuage Prime or Lux Pens can help bypass this dead skin build-up and increase the effectiveness of these serums by 20 times, helping you see results even quicker.