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Exfoliation, ageing and collagen synthesis

Exfoliation, ageing and collagen synthesis

Anti Ageing is the holy grail of the skincare world.

But we’d love to let you into a little beauty secret.

By introducing exfoliation into your skincare routine, you can help to prevent premature ageing.

That’s right; exfoliation can actually boost the collagen synthesis in your skin.

Exfoliation and premature ageing

So how does this takes place, on a cellular level?

Your skin is a fascinating inter-cellular communication system; it completely renews itself every 28 days.

But as we reach our 30’s, this cellular renewal process slows down, and several metabolic changes take place:

  • skin becomes visibly dull and sallow
  • lines and wrinkles begin to appear, as collagen synthesis decreases
  • there is a reduction in sebaceous activity, which dries out your skin
  • your skins natural process of desquamation begins to slow
  • skin begins to sag, as the once resilient and flexible elastin in the dermis degenerates

The great news is that it’s possible to boost this renewal process by introducing gentle exfoliation into your beauty regime.

You can help your skin to return to its normal rate of desquamation by stimulating collagen synthesis through exfoliation, which will help to plump out your skin’s tissues, and improving tone and texture, making it appear lighter and brighter. – all of which, will help to restore it to its natural, youthful glow.

Exfoliation and collagen

As we age, the rate our skin produces collagen slows down significantly. Still, the very act of forced exfoliation creates a mild trauma in your skin – kick-starting your collagen production, which, in turn, activates the fibroblasts, so more elastin collagen is synthesised in the dermis.

When your skin is injured, histamine is released by mast cells which triggers an inflammatory response; blood plasma which contains nutrients, oxygen and macrophages, rushes to the injury site, stimulating the wound healing process.

By the third or fourth day, the fibroblasts begin to synthesise the collagen fibres, increasing the internal scaffolding within your skin, which keeps your face taut and plump.


We will play devil’s advocate here, however, because although the role of collagen synthesis is important, as a formulator of sensitive skincare, we do have to question the efficacy of forced exfoliation.

If we are forcing our dermis to synthesise collagen due to trauma, the question must be asked, exactly how much of this collagen regenerates your skin?  And what damage is being done to an already impaired skin?

If there are any signs of sensitivity or inflammation within your skin, any form of exfoliation, whether manual, chemical or electrical should be avoided, or just a very gentle enzyme peel used, a subject we discuss in greater detail here.

An over exfoliated skin can strip your protective barrier and upset the delicate bacteria found within your acid mantle, all of which can lead to more irritation, sensitivity, inflammation and infection.


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