Contributor: Dr. Salar Parvini
Nature works in cycles. Creation. Destruction. We all live our lives in cycles too. Wake up. Go to sleep. If you are female you know that every 4 weeks (or so) you'll shed the lining of your uterus and have your period unless you're pregnant.
Did you know you have another 28 day cycle? You do! It's your skin!
New skin cells form beneath the surface of your skin to replace mature cells that slough off. This process takes about 28 days to complete. As the new cells grow, they change and mature and develop.
In fact, it's why we exfoliate
Exfoliation helps this process along. Just don't over exfoliate because it actually does more harm than good. Over exfoliation can cause localized inflammation and over exfoliation can leave healthy skin cells exposed. You need a layer of mature cells to help retain your moisture barrier.
What many don't realize is that skincare products typically require 28 days to show their effects. That's because when you're nourishing your cells, you're helping the new cells become good, strong, healthy mature skin cells. You're helping those new cells achieve and maintain their optimal health!
Products that promise immediate results are only giving you short term results that won't last. But when you nourish the new cells month in and month out, you'll have beautiful healthy skin for life.
Just remember that healthy new cells start from within. Good food, hydration, sunlight and exercise are the foundation and there are no shortcuts here. You supplement that with clean skincare products a good routine, and clean makeup.
4 easy steps to add to your healthy skin routine:
- Coconut water
- Bone broth
PUT GOOD IN YOUR BODY:
- Fatty fish
- Citrus fruits
- Refined sugars
- Processed foods
PUT GOOD ON YOUR BODY:
UP THE SHUT EYE
Your skin cycle is just one of the many cycles of life. It's always the right time to start investing your body's largest organ - your skin.