What Do Cornflakes and Grapes Have to Do With Improving Your Skin's Texture?
Updated: Feb 1
What are your feelings about skincare? Do you have a consistent routine or are you more of a “whatever soap gets on my face while I shower is my skincare“ type?
I will admit, through my twenties I was the latter. I was up to my elbows in diapers and baby food, and my skin was literally the LAST thing on my mind. Then one day, close to my thirtieth birthday I noticed a sunspot by my eye. I guess ignoring it didn’t prevent aging like I had hoped!
I guess ignoring it didn’t prevent aging like I had hoped!
Over the next few years, I learned some things about my skin, things that made my nerdy heart happy and helped me find a routine that I could stick to consistently (which, if you know me, is a challenge!).
Maybe it will help you too!
Let’s start with exfoliation and its role in a healthy skin routine.
To understand the importance of exfoliation we must understand the simple anatomy of the first layer of the skin called the 'Epidermis.' Within the Epidermis, new skin cells are formed which microscopically resemble nice plump, firm grapes. Over 28 days, these cells travel to the surface of the skin and as they move up, they change in composition. They begin to lose their structure and moisture levels and then begin to look quite shriveled, figuratively resembling raisins.
Once the cells reach the surface of the Epidermis, they have reached their full life cycle and now are referred to as DEAD SKIN cells. We see this on the surface of our skin and will refer to them as the “cornflake layer.”
DRY skin leads to all sorts of problems! Blackheads, uneven skin tone, acne, excessive oiliness, and hyperpigmentation to name a few!
The more layers of cornflakes/dead skin we have, the harder it is to effectively use essential products that deliver moisture, peptides, antioxidants, and protection. These extra layers of dead skin mean that these products don't work as effectively because they are not being absorbed 100%.
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