Many skin care products are sold on a standalone basis – a wrinkle creme here, a moisturizer there, and maybe a cleansing scrub as well. One of the most important but frequently underutilized skin care practices is the powerful wrinkle reduction benefit of combining a good smoothing product with skin exfoliation. You want to exfoliate first before applying your wrinkle cream. Exfoliation not only increases your cell turnover rate, but also prepares your skin to more readily absorb the active ingredients in the wrinkle cream.
The benefit of increasing your skin’s cell turnover rate is that it uses the body’s own amazing healing power to generate fresh, new skin cells – young, healthy, vibrant cells. Think of exfoliation as exercise for your skin. Exfoliation also stimulates blood flow to your skin – this keeps your existing cells more fully nourished and functioning in top condition.
As you already know, the top layer of your skin is composed of dead skin cells – these provide a barrier of protection against external elements. At the same time, if this layer becomes too thick, it takes on a rough, dull appearance. Exfoliation will remove the upper surface of these dead cells and keep them from accumulating to the point they are too thick.
If you are using a high quality wrinkle cream, and we recommend one with peptides plus wrinkle reducing moisturizers, by applying it directly to newly exfoliated skin, it is absorbed more efficiently into your skin – more deeply into the lower layers where it can do the most good.
You should exfoliate 2-3 times a week with a skin exfoliation product that is appropriate for your skin type and age. There are both abrasive type exfoliators (facial scrubs and microdermabrasion creams) and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) (e.g., glycolic acid) exfoliators. You can also find good wrinkle creams with peptides plus a hyaluronic acid moisturizer for maximum benefit. Another good wrinkle cream ingredient is retinol, a Vitamin A derivative.
In summary, you want to exfoliate several times a week and follow up with the best wrinkle cream you can find. Your wrinkle cream should be applied twice daily. On those days you are not exfoliating, you will want to cleanse your skin before applying your wrinkle cream. Your skin will be healthier, smoother, more radiant and in general, younger looking.