Make keeping your skin healthy a labor of love.

Exfoliation is a well-known beauty standard, but one that probably doesn’t get practiced as often as it should. Adding an exfoliating product or process to your daily cleaning routine can greatly improve skin condition.

Exfoliating removes the dead cells from the uppermost layer of skin, revealing the fresh skin underneath. The epidermis consists of a 10-micron-thick stratum corneum layer, accounting for about 10 percent of the epidermis. That layer is comprised of keratin-rich cells that are embedded in a glue- like matrix on the body and shed naturally in a complex process called desquamation.

Research from the International Dermal Institute suggests that our body’s cells have an “internal clock” that ensures our cells are aligned for a certain period of time. The process of creating new skin cells and naturally shedding old ones can take as little as four weeks or as long as 75 days, depending on a person’s age.