Mitosis is a process of cell division (also known as cell regeneration). To ensure that our skin is functioning at its best we must make sure our cell regeneration is operating correctly.
First of all we need to be aware when looking at cell regeneration in the skin, it actually occurs at the base of the Epidermis, which is quiet deep in the skin. We also then need to be aware that a key cell that helps our skin is the fibroblast cells. These cells are located in the Dermis. Knowing that these two key cells regenerate quiet deep in the skin we then need to look at the products we use and their concentrations.
When looking at ingredients in the product, it is important to be aware that the higher the ingredient is up in the ingredient listing, the higher the concentration there is in the product. Therefore, if the active ingredient is halfway or lower, we can be assured that the ability of the ingredient to penetrate deep down into the skin, especially the dermis, would be very unlikely.
We also need to be observant of molecular structure. Many ingredients when mixed together in formulations bind together and stop the ingredient penetrating the skin. Or sometimes, the molecule is just too large to penetrate at all.
Free radicals such as pollution from cars and air conditioning, cause damage to our cell’s DNA impairing our new cells. As a result, cell regeneration (Mitosis) slows down along with the production of collagen and elastin, accelerating the aging process.
To protect the cells from this Free Radical damage we need 20% L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) encapsulated to keep its potency. This is the highest amount of Vitamin C absorbed by the skin along with the perfect quantity to penetrate the cell to protect it against damage while at the same time increasing the production of collagen and elastin.
To increase cell regeneration when need high strength Vitamin A. This can come in the form of Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol or even a better choice is Hydrogenated Retinol. Hydrogentated Retinol is a new form of Vitamin A that not only stimulates cell regeneration and the functioning of the fibroblast cells, but is also non sensitising like a lot of Vitamin A ingredients.
In summary it is important that we understand what is happening to the skin cell prior to jumping in and trying products without awareness. Know the ingredients to look for and the quantities and molecular structures needed to cause change in the skin. Alira can discuss this with you in further detail in a consultation here at Chevron Island Physio, and recommend products suited to your skin type.