Aging skin is caused, in part, by the rate at which cells are replaced or turned over. Because the cell turnover rate slows down, collagen starts to break down, as well.
Collagen as you may know, is the underlying framework (or glue) that keeps the skin smooth, wrinkle free and young-looking. As the cell turnover rate slows down and collagen starts to break down and loosen, the results are fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.
The slower the cell turnover rate, the faster collagen breaks down. Add free radical damage, a collection of toxins and throw in some UVA/UVB sun damage, and you will find your skin aging at a faster pace.
It makes sense then to focus on increasing the rate at which your cells turn over. By this, I mean getting rid of the old cells and replacing them with new, fresh cells. If you do this, your skin will regain a healthy glow and your skin will look better, and even younger.
To ramp up the cell turnover rate, you need to get more skin-loving antioxidants into your system. These include vitamin E, which will help protect your skin from all those bad effects of sun damage, toxins and free radicals, otherwise known as cell oxidation.
You also need vitamin C, which helps the needed vitamin A do its best work on your skin. Vitamin C is a very effective vitamin for maintaining healthy cells and skin.
Vitamin A is essential for increasing the production rate of new cells because it supports the development of new cells and then causes them to
come to the surface of your skin, replacing the old, dead cells.
Now that you know about the importance of cell turnover rate for your skin, be sure to get plenty of those skin-loving vitamins into your body.
A weekly exfoliation and deep-cleaning mask can also work wonders to slough off the dead skin cells and allow the new cells to be replaced on the skin's surface.
In the meantime, the vitamins will also be working on stimulating and increasing collagen production, so you can expect to see the skin become more firm.
Keeping your skin and underlying cells plump and hydrated is another important thing you can do to speed up the process. Drinking plenty of water is your best - and least expensive - beauty treatment in this case.
The importance of cell turnover in your skin can make all the difference in transforming tired, dull skin to a healthy, glowing, overall younger look.