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Have you ever wished you could transform your skin and start with a fresh complexion? If you’re experiencing skin concerns like dryness, redness, visible signs of aging or acne, this thought might have crossed your mind.

You’ll be excited to learn that it’s not just wishful thinking; your skin cells are constantly regenerating and are replaced with brand new ones every 28 days. Your body sheds and replaces 50 million skin cells on a daily basis!

By understanding the skin’s life cycle and following some essential guidelines to optimise this amazing regeneration process, you can get brighter, smoother, healthier skin in less than a month. Read on to learn how.

Understanding Your Skin’s Life Cycle

The first step toward healthier skin is to understand its composition and life cycle.

Human skin is made up of three main layers - the epidermis, which is the top layer that is visible to the world; the dermis, the middle layer that contains our hair follicles, sweat glands, sebaceous glands and blood vessels and that also houses strong connective tissue that provides strength, support and flexibility to maintain the skin structure; and the hypodermis, the deepest layer of the skin that is made up of fatty and connective tissues that insulate the body, store energy and act as a cushion for the internal organs, muscles and bones.

The epidermis is home to keratinocytes, cells that produce the protein keratin. Keratin provides your skin its rigidity, forms the body’s first line of defense against infections and also acts as a waterproof natural barrier to seal in the body’s moisture.

When it comes to regeneration, the epidermis is where the action is. Our bodies are constantly producing fresh new skin cells, which form in the deepest layer of the epidermis. As skin cells age, they move higher in the epidermis, closer to the surface until they eventually reach the outermost layer where they harden, die and flake away.

This process of cell death and regeneration is the skin’s life cycle and for an average adult, it takes around 28 days. The duration of the skin’s life cycle is shorter in infants and gets longer as one ages, which explains why young skin glows and looks more radiant than older skin—because it’s generating new cells at a faster rate.

While the epidermis is where skin regeneration takes place, all the skin layers play an important role in skin health and appearance. The dermis, for example, is the layer that is responsible for the appearance of signs of aging. It’s home to collagen and elastin, two essential skin structural proteins that offer support and elasticity. When these proteins break down, we begin to see visible fine lines and wrinkles.

Below the dermis, the fatty layer of the hypodermis is what provides skin its structure and shape. As the tissue in this layer breaks down, we observe sagging skin and more obvious wrinkling.

Therefore, it’s important to take good care of all three skin layers to facilitate a healthy and efficient regeneration process. In order to do that effectively, follow these simple, yet essential steps.

1. Be vigilant about skincare

First things first: make sure you’re taking good care of your skin with a consistent skincare routine. If you’re saying, “what skincare routine?”, this is definitely an important step to get a handle on.

A good skincare routine consists of the following:

  • Cleanse morning and night to remove makeup, bacteria and other impurities that may clog pores
  • Exfoliate to slough away dead skin cells and make room for new ones
  • Tone to remove excess dirt and balance your skin’s pH
  • Treat to correct spots and blemishes, restore damaged skin and promote healthy skin cell regeneration
  • Moisturise to hydrate and nourish the skin for a bright and radiant complexion
  • Protect from the sun’s harmful and damaging UV rays

By following these basic skincare steps, you’re caring for your skin and enabling its cells to effectively regenerate and rejuvenate.

2. Cleanse your face regularly

Going to sleep with your makeup on is a cardinal sin of skincare.

Cleansing your face morning and night is essential to remove makeup, sweat, dirt and excess oils that may clog pores and lead to breakouts. It also helps clear harmful bacteria that exacerbate blemishes and acne. Finally, gentle exfoliation while cleansing your face will help remove debris and dead skin cells on your skin’s outermost layer. This clears the way for new skin cells that contribute to a healthy “glow.”

3. Cut out harmful chemicals

Our skin is a fascinating, nature-made machine. It works best when allowed to carry out its function as nature intended: free from harsh chemicals. Promote optimal skin health and function by cutting out as many unnecessary chemicals as possible from your skincare routine, such as parabens, mineral oils and synthetic fragrances.

At Iryasa, we design products that are made using natural, nutrient rich ingredients that won’t damage the skin’s natural barrier function. Try our Face Wash to cleanse and exfoliate skin, our Facial Mist to tone skin, and our Day Luxuriate Gel and Night Indulge Cream to moisturize.

4. Examine your diet

Your diet and your skin health are closely linked. Therefore, even minor positive dietary changes may significantly contribute to major improvements in your complexion.

Inflammation is one of the culprits behind adverse skin concerns like itching, redness, eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. Cutting down on refined carbohydrates, like sugar and white bread, can reduce inflammation in the body and thus may lead to improvements in your complexion.

Dairy and gluten may contribute to inflammation and cause acne to flare up, so reducing your dairy and gluten intake may positively affect your skin health as well.

Eating more fresh produce is always a good thing for your overall health, and your skin benefits from it too. Raw fruits and veggies contain high concentrations of antioxidants, which fight free radicals that contribute to the visible signs of aging. Several citrus fruits are a rich source of Vitamin C, vital for collagen synthesis and a potent antioxidant, which can improve overall skin health and make your skin appear smoother and brighter.

5. Get enough sleep

“Beauty sleep” is a real thing! Like the rest of your body’s cells, your skin cells need downtime to properly rejuvenate and repair themselves, and much of this restoration happens during the night.

While you’re dozing, your body makes new collagen, which prevents sagging, keeps skin supple and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. During sleep, the skin heals itself from the UV and pollution damage that was done during the day.

During sleep, the body also produces melatonin, an antioxidant that helps eliminate toxins allowing the skin to look recharged and glow. Finally, your circulation gets a boost while you sleep, which reduces puffiness around the eyes and delivers nutrients that contribute to a radiant complexion.

6. De-stress

It may be hard to believe, but stress levels contribute significantly to the appearance of your skin. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, is a major enemy of youthful, radiant skin, and it spikes high when you’re stressed out. Normally, your body’s cortisol levels undergo natural oscillations, hitting their peak in the morning and dropping off as the day goes along. However, when you’re under a lot of stress, this natural rhythm is disrupted, and cortisol levels tick upward.

Increased cortisol has been shown to have an association with a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis, acne and atopic dermatitis. Furthermore, chronic stress has been linked to long-term ill effects on the skin’s barrier function and its ability to heal itself.

The most daunting aspect of this study on the link between stress and skin is that there’s no proven medical treatment to intervene stress-induced skin conditions. The only way to effectively fight these ill-effects on the skin is to reduce your stress levels. Meditation, deep breathing, mindfulness, exercise and even therapy may help take your stress levels down a notch.

It may be worth your while to find effective ways to reduce stress in your life. Make positive changes to your lifestyle and use natural products that support healthy skin renewal.

Support your skin in getting a whole new look in just 28 days. Follow the tips above to promote healthy skin regeneration and gain radiant, youthful and glowing skin for yourself.