Every day, our skin is renewed. Every day, we lose 4 grams of skin. A square centimetre of skin is made up of around 500,000 cells, each of which only lives for 4 weeks. They then die and become "dead skin", which is what we notice on our towel after a shower! Why is this? A combination of micro-traumas (cuts, burns), diet and age. After 50, an oestrogen deficit due to the menopause means that stem cells; the source of the skin's youth; struggle to fulfil their skin renewal role. Cells work less effectively, leading to the thinning of the epidermis. The skin becomes more fragile, finer and dryer. The epidermis needs to be strengthened to boost cell regeneration in the skin.
There are several ways to help skin cells regenerate. They can be added to your skin care routine individually or as a combination!
- Exfoliation: it is advisable to exfoliate the skin once or twice a week with a gentle scrub, so that you do not aggravate the epidermis. This will get rid of dead cells and encourage the absorption of the active ingredients in your creams. Your skin will look brighter, smoother and more radiant.
- Targeted creams: the cosmetics industry offers creams rich in DHC to stimulate cell regeneration in mature skin, so that it gets back its suppleness and radiance. The active ingredients wake up the cells, activate their energy and encourage production to strengthen the epidermis.
- Antioxidants and vitamin C: eating fruit and vegetables rich in antioxidants (kiwi, lemon, aubergine, cabbage, beetroot) as well as plenty of vitamin C can play a significant role in skin renewal and in slowing down the skin aging process.
- IPL sessions: these light treatment sessions stimulate cell regeneration and the production of collagen fibres. They are especially recommended in the summer, as they make the skin firmer and reduce pore size, dark spots and fine lines.
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