As each year passes, your skin can show more signs of aging. There are many treatments that can diminish some of these signs, but one standout that you should consider is exfoliation. 

Read on to learn more about the signs of aging skin and how exfoliation can make a difference. 

Signs of Aging Skin

After your 20s, your body’s collagen and elastin production can slow down, leading to creases and wrinkles. Collagen and elastin are two essential proteins that keep your skin firm and hydrated, so when production decreases, sagging can become a concern. 

The most common signs of aging skin include:

  • Dryness and itchiness
  • Laxity
  • Fragility
  • Thinner skin 
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

Numerous factors other than collagen and elastin production can impact how your skin ages, including sun exposure and medical conditions. 

What Is Skin Exfoliation?

Your skin is your largest organ, and it contains many layers. The epidermis is the top layer, and the top of the epidermis is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum contains 10 to 30 layers of dead skin cells. 

Your body regularly replaces these layers of skin, but this process slows down as you age. In younger people, the cell turnover cycle can take about 28 days, but as you age, it can take as long as 45 days. 

Skin exfoliation focuses on removing those layers of dead skin faster, more efficiently and evenly than when they come off naturally. Some dead cells are never removed  naturally, so exfoliation is key to allowing your skin to renew itself. 

Different types of exfoliation include dermaplaning and chemical peels. 

Chemical peels vary in strength, with options ranging from mild to deep peels. The most common options are glycolic acid peels, but you can also get lactic, carbolic, salicylic, and trichloroacetic peels. 

Dermaplaning uses a medical-grade blade to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz. 

Before and after chemical peel treatment results

How Skin Exfoliation Helps

Dead skin layers can give your skin a dull, dry appearance. By removing them, you can help your skin look more radiant. 

Regular exfoliation also allows your skin to absorb skin care products more efficiently, including anti-aging products and serums. It can also prevent breakouts since the process of removing those dead cells can unclog pores. 

Perhaps one of the most important reasons to consider skin exfoliation if you want to reduce signs of aging is that it can stimulate collagen production. Chemical peels are especially good at this.

Get Skin Exfoliating Options at BodyLase

The team at BodyLase® recommends that you add skin exfoliation into your skincare regimen to avoid rough texture, dull appearance of the skin and pronounced lines and wrinkles. By stimulating collagen production and allowing your skin to absorb skin care products more easily, treatments like chemical peels and dermaplaning can produce significant improvements. 

Contact BodyLase today to schedule a consultation