Under the surface layer of your skin, your body is constantly building and adding new skin cells. Each day, you lose the surface skin cells that have died, and the new and healthy cells are revealed. If you cut or burn yourself, your body creates new skin cells even more quickly to prevent open wounds from becoming infected. While your body may do these things without any effort on your part, you can take actions to encourage the regrowth of new skin to occur even more rapidly so that your complexion remains youthful in appearance.
Moisturize your skin sufficiently everyday. Dry skin dies quickly and can cling to the surface, preventing new skin growth from being revealed. Choose a good-quality body lotion that contains emollients such as lanolin, petrolatum or mineral oil and humectants like urea, alpha hydroxy acids or glycerin. Apply the lotion over your entire body two or three times each day. Coat your face from your hairline to the base of your neck at least twice daily with a moisturizer made specifically for the face. Avoid products with fragrances and preservatives.
Wash your body and face once a day with an exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells. Avoid using water that is too hot, as it steals moisture from healthy skin cells, causing them to die more quickly. Immediately apply face and body lotions after exfoliating. Use a milder cleanser on your body and face if you wash again during the day.
Take 30mg of zinc daily, which encourages skin regeneration. These supplements are available over-the-counter.
Fill your diet with foods such as oranges, dark greens and potatoes that contain significant amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is used by your body to make collagen--the tissue that connects new skin cells and makes them appear plump and healthy.