Do you have Manzanita where you live? Here in Northern California, we have a lot! Have you ever looked closely at its bark and wondered why Manzanita peels? You might have thought that something was wrong with the tree or it was diseased. Not to worry because this is normal.
When new bark develops underneath, the old bark gets stretched, cracked, and starts to peel and then falls away leaving a smooth new tree bark. The new bark is so shiny and polished looking you can't help but glide your fingers over it. This natural process functions to help prevent infestation with insects and discourages fungi, parasites, moss, and lichen from growing on it.
The tree's natural process is much like our skin's desquamation process! New cells are constantly forming in the epidermis lower layers of our skin, and old dead skin cells slough off leaving shiny new cells.
Did you know that as we grow older, this natural cell turnover process slows down? And that as we age our skin can begin to look dull? We can actually help the natural desquamation process along through gentle exfoliation!
Exfoliation is an important step in an anti-aging routine. You can find out more about what exfoliation is and how and why to do it in my Exfoliation Guide. If you're in a hurry and want to head straight to a solution you can head straight to my clay facial mask.
Happy Skin, Happy Day!
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