Cell Turnover


When I first heard the word cell turnover my first thought was ‘OMW my boss is looking for someone with a scientific back ground and I have none. I am doomed!’. Silly, I know. But that is how overwhelming this industry can be at first, and not just for us who work in it but for you as a client too. You often get pulled in different directions and are sold treatments and products all because your skin consultant uses big words without sufficient, if any explanations.

Thus, I bring to you, some much needed information from The Aesthetics Centre’s tree of knowledge, so that you can make more informed aesthetic decisions and purchases. Our topic this month is cell turnover. It is a fundamental topic as it will change the way you see your skin care regimen and your monthly professional aesthetic treatments.

In this blog edition we will discuss the following:

  1. What Cell Turnover is
  2. How cell turnover is affected through the years of ageing
  3. What happens when your cell turnover rate slows down, and
  4. What we can do for you to help increase and maintain your cell turnover rate


Picture: Layers of the Skin

What is cell turnover?

By definition, cell turnover is the process by which our skin produces new skin cells that move from the Stratum Basale (lowest layer of your epidermis) to the Stratum Corneum (top layer), to then shed off as dead skin cells. This process takes place to prevent dead cells from causing a buildup on the skins surface.

How cell turnover is affected through the years of ageing

As a baby your cell turnover rate is every 14 days (which is excellent). In your teenage years to your mid-20s it slows down but is still good at a rate of about every 24 days. Then comes your late 20s to your late 40s phase where your cell turnover rate slows down to an average of every 36 days (a huge drop). Anything after your 50s can mean your turnover rate slows down to a maximum of every 84 days. Yip! Your read right, and I understand the worry setting in right now all too well.


What happens when your cell turnover rate slows down?

You will notice your appearance becoming more aged, rough and tired looking as the dead skin cells build up due to the lowered cell turnover rate. You will also notice the following changes:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Increase appearance of skin impurities
  • Fast increasing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dry skin
  • Rough skin texture, and
  • Lack of skin glow


This is why we will always try to incorporate a non-damaging, medical grade exfoliating home care product or protocol to compliment your professional care. This will help keep your cell turnover process stimulated, resulting in the removal the excess dead skin that cause these problems. (Phew! A solution to your problem).


What we can do for you to help increase and maintain your cell turnover rate

We can offer you a variety of medical grade home care and professional treatments that will help solve your cell turnover problem. You can follow the link to find out more on our website. They include


You can also visit us for a Visia Facial Analysis. This Analysis looks at the superficial and underlying layers of the skin to show you exactly where the problematic areas are and how deep they lie. It will also help serve as a gauge to show the improvement you’ve had with the treatments and home care programs you followed.


A good home care hunting tip is to always check if your product contains one or more of the following ingredients:

  • Glycolic Acid
  • Citric Acid
  • Kojic Acid
  • Azeliac Acid
  • Lactobionic Acid (for sensitive skins)
  • Retinol
  • Bakuchiol (Retinol like ingredient for sensitive skins)

These ingredients will help to stimulate your cell turnover and improve the rate, remove excess dead skin cells, improve your texture and pores, improve your hydration levels and restore your glow. It will also have anti-ageing benefits as it will stimulate collagen and elastin renewal.

So once again, we have a solution for you for another one of the many ageing changes seen on our skin.

Together we can battle your skin concerns.




Written by Danike Bouwer

Edited Dr Jenni Irvine

©The Aesthetics Centre October 2016


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