3 Healthy Ways to Accelerate Skin Cell Turnover Rate

September 2, 2022

Cell turnover, or cell sloughing, is the shedding of dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis. Cell turnover is a continuous process in which old, dead cells are shed from the skin's surface, and new cells generate to replace them. Cellular turnover is vital in maintaining the skin's health by providing a constant supply of fresh, healthy cells and ensuring that damaged or unhealthy cells become removed from the surface. Cell turnover also plays a role in wound healing, as it helps remove debris and promote new tissue growth.

Skin cell turnover

Cell turnover occurs more quickly in some areas of the body than others. For example, cell turnover accelerates in areas of high friction, like the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the regions exposed to the sun. Cell turnover also naturally slows with age, which is why older adults tend to have drier, thinner skin that is more susceptible to damage.

Several factors can affect cell turnover, including genetics, lifestyle, diet, and medications. For example, exposure to UV radiation from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds accelerates cell turnover. This exposure can lead to premature skin aging and increase the risk of skin cancer. Smoking also accelerates cellular turnover and leads to premature aging of the skin. Certain medications, such as retinoids (vitamin A derivatives), can also affect cell turnover.

Cell Turnover Process and Cell Turnover Rate

The cell turnover process divides into three phases: the basal cell layer, the squamous cell layer, and the granular cell layer.

The basal cell layer is the epidermis's bottom layer, comprised of actively dividing cells. These cells move up to the skin's surface as they mature and become replaced by new cells from the basal cell layer. The squamous cell layer comprises flattened cells that have stopped dividing. These cells form a protective barrier against infection and damage. The granular cell layer comprises cells that secrete lipids (oils) that help keep the skin hydrated and protected.

The skin cell turnover rate generally occurs every 28-30 days in young adults but slows with age. It can be affected by several factors, including genetics, lifestyle, diet, and certain medications. 

Increasing Cell Turnover Rate

There are several ways to increase cellular turnover rate, including:

- Exfoliating: Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin's surface. Regular exfoliation helps to keep the skin looking fresh and radiant by increasing cell turnover. Exfoliating can happen mechanically, using a brush or scrub, or chemically, using an exfoliating agent such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid.

- Retinoids: Retinoids are vitamin A derivatives available in over-the-counter and prescription forms. They help increase cellular turnover by increasing the rate at which new cells become generated. Retinoids also have other benefits for the skin, such as reducing wrinkles and improving skin tone.

- Peels: Peels are chemical solutions applied to the skin and left to work for a specific period before being rinsed off. They help to increase cell turnover by removing the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing fresh, new skin underneath.

AETHEION's ZC50 Cellular Support Cream

AETHEION's ZC50 Cellular Support Cream focuses on repairing the skin and increasing its' cellular turnover rate. Formulated with essential ingredients to accelerate cell turnover, its' goal is to leave skin healthy, hydrated, and youthful.

Several ingredients help to increase cellular turnover, including:

  • Glycolic acid: Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane. It works by dissolving the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, allowing them to slough off more easily. Glycolic acid also helps to stimulate collagen production and has antioxidant properties.
  • Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) derived from willow bark. It breaks down the bonds between dead skin cells. Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid is a type of glycosaminoglycan found naturally in the skin. It works by binding to water and helping to keep the skin hydrated.
  • Shea Butter: Shea butter is a type of fat derived from the seeds of the shea tree. It is an excellent moisturizer and also has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Citric Acid: Citric acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits. It dissolves the bonds between dead skin cells. Citric acid also has antioxidant properties.
Cellular Support Cream for Skin Cell Turnover

AETHEION's ZC50 Cellular Support Cream contains a blend of some of these ingredients to gently and effectively increase cell turnover, resulting in healthier, more youthful-looking skin.

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