For its status as the largest organ, our skin often remains one of the most neglected parts of our body. Our skin is the most visible part of our body as well making it our first line of defense against elements in the environment. It should come as no surprise then just how many processes occur under the surface of the skin in order to maintain this standard of protection. As a result, our skin is not only susceptible to the wear and tear of the outside elements, but an increase in the effects of aging as well. Fortunately, our skin has a life cycle all its own and is constantly working hard to replace and protect. The epidermis is the most outer layer of the skin and thus, is always “showing”, however it is also the most thin layer of the skin. Constantly exposed, the epidermis contains most of the dead skin cells that either flake or wash away over time. New cells are made below the epidermis and move upward toward the surface to replace the cells that have previously died, but as they do, these replacement cells harden and die themselves creating an effective life cycle for our skin.

As we age, this cycle of cell replacement slows down. For a middle-aged adult, the cycle generally lasts about one month, taking longer as time goes on, lasting twice as long as we enter our 60s. With the slowing of these life cycles comes the accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of the epidermis causing the structure to change and we develop wrinkles as a result. Elizabeth Bucci of Elizabeth Bucci Esthetics located in Hudson NY understands the benefits of constant skin care, “I recommend that people have a professional facial about every 4-6 weeks. That’s how long it takes your skin to move through the full life cycle of skin cell growth and exfoliation. A facial helps that process along. The treatment will clean your skin, and keep it clear, toned, and moisturized.” There are other factors that may impact the life cycle of our skin including nutrition and stress and Mrs.Bucci knows that often life can get in the way of skin maintenance, “Life gets hectic, and some people are understandably not able to come in for a facial every 4-6 weeks, in that case, I recommend trying to come in at least once a season. The humidity and sun in the warmer months can lead to breakouts or sun damage, and the cold air of the winter months can dry your skin out.” In either case, Mrs.Bucci recommends seeking out a professional in order to ensure your skin’s life cycles are properly maintained, “Seeing a skin care specialist at least four times a year will help protect you from seasonal exposure!”

For more info on facial and other spa treatments, or to book an appointment, stop by or call Elizabeth Bucci Esthetics located at 396 State Route 23B in Hudson NY or dial (518) 965-7524. Follow Elizabeth Bucci Esthetics on Facebook at