Dry Skin

Dry skin is the subject of countless advertising campaigns touting the soothing virtues of everything from lotions and potions to pills and gadgets and crazy diets.

The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the human body. Because it is a living, growing organ, it goes through changes over the course of a lifetime, depending upon how old we are and what kind of lifestyle we enjoy.

The moisture level of the skin is genetically determined, for the most part. If your parents have dry skin, chances are good you will, too. There are other factors that influence the moisture level of the skin, including lifestyle, environment, and general state of health.

Excessive exposure to the sun, wind, or cold climate has a very significant effect on dry skin. Even a person who does not normally experience this condition will notice an increase in the dryness of the skin when exposed to these elements.

Certain chemicals, such as cleaning solvents and detergents, tend to dry skin, too. And people working with substances such as mortar and concrete, paper-based packaging materials, and powdery substances such as flour and chalk will probably want to take precautions against excessive drying of the skin these substances cause.

One of the very best treatments for dry skin is to avoid exposure to the substances and elements that aggravate the condition. Sunscreens and moisturizers should be applied frequently so protection is constant.

Drinking lots of water on a regular basis will help minimize dry skin from the inside out. Water hydrates the body but many other popular beverages are actually diuretics, meaning they cause the body to excrete the body’s nourishing moisture. Replace beverages such as coffee, tea, sodas, most fruit drinks, and alcohol with water for maximum benefit to the skin.

To further keep dry skin in check, limit cosmetic products to the mildest possible formulations. Avoid shampoos, soaps, and other skin care products that contain drying ingredients such as detergent, alcohol, and excessive pigment and fragrance.

Whenever the best personal care regimen using mild products and healthy lifestyle choices still doesn’t seem to be easing the discomfort of excessively dry skin, consult a dermatologist to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing the problem.

Since the skin is the most visible organ, it is often the messenger for distress coming from within.

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