Epidermal Cells

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Epidermal cells reside in the outermost layer of the skin. However, this fact can be deceiving, for the epidermis itself actually contains five layers! These layers, medically named "strata," begin in the bottom layer, the stratum basale. This layer of the epidermis is named for its column-shaped cells. It's where all of the layers of the epidermis originate, and as the column cells divide and form new cells, they push the already-existing column cells up into the higher layers of the epidermis.

As the epidermal cells get pushed higher and higher up into the epidermis, they become increasingly flattened. It is at the topmost layer that the epidermal cells eventually die. Every two weeks, our epidermis undergoes the complete cycle of birth and death. Ideally, the dead cells should get sloughed off the skin through normal washing. If they don't, the skin develops that dull, flaky look. If we want our skin to look its best, we usually need to give it a little help in this regard.

Exfoliating Epidermal Cells

It pays to add exfoliation to one's personal skin care regimen. It only needs to be done once a day, and it works wonders in removing dead epidermal cells, stimulating the living cells, and giving your complexion a clean, healthy glow. Exfoliation is key to perpetual skin rejuvenation. However, whichever exfoliating product you settle on, make sure that it's not too abrasive for your skin.

You can purchase exfoliating creams, scrubs and gels in a variety of locations at different prices. The most expensive but perhaps most dependable products can be purchased at specialized skin care stores, and sometimes even your dermatologist's office. Department store makeup counters sell midline to high priced products. On the lower end of the price scale are the exfoliating products sold at the grocery store, pharmacy, and even natural food stores.


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