When we’re young our skin turns over every six to eight weeks. This rapid turnover of skin cells causes our skin to look vibrant, smooth, and wrinkle-free. As we get older, this process slows down. The old, dead skin cells clump and accumulate on the surface, causing our skin to look drier, feel rougher, and have more wrinkles.
Exfoliating our skin removes this upper layer of dead skin cells, causing our skin to look more vibrant, often immediately. In addition, exfoliating sends a chemical signal to the deeper layer of skin cells to turn over more quickly, getting our skin closer to that six- to eight-week turnover process that we desire. You don’t need to exfoliate every day; two to three times per week will do. If you have sensitive skin, just once a week is sufficient.
There are many ways to exfoliate the skin, but the easiest way is to buy a gritty exfoliating scrub at the drugstore or make one at home using baking soda. Here is a recipe for one: