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In the U.S., over 100 million people suffer from dry skin
We’ve all had our moments of dealing with dry hands, elbows, feet, etc. Often we view dry skin as just a minor nuisance and ignore it. But for many people, dry skin can be more than just an uncomfortable irritant.
Dry skin can feel tight or painful. It can take on a dull red or flaky look and be compounded by itchiness. Sometimes dry itchy skin keeps people awake at night. In the U.S., over 100 million people suffer from dry skin and for some it is much more than just an annoyance.
The skin is our largest organ and it’s our first line of defense against infection. Skin that is allowed to become overly dry can crack which can allow bacteria a way to get into the body. That could be the first step to a serious problem. Taking care of your skin is much more than just a cosmetic concern. Dry skin not only affects the way you look, it can affect you mentally and physically.
Our skin contains a layer of natural lipids, or fats. These lipids aid in retaining moisture and leaving the skin soft. What causes the skin to dry out is this fatty layer being stripped away. The cause is most often environmental or something you are actually doing such as prolonged exposure to dry air or using a harsh soap. But medical conditions such as diabetes or psoriasis can also contribute to dry skin. If left untreated, dry skin can lead to an inflammation of the skin known as dermatitis.
Medications and Drugs
Many medicines have a side effect of drying out the skin. These include drugs for:
If you experience dry skin and you believe your medicine may be the cause, talk to your doctor about alternatives. It may be that changing the dose is all you need.
Dry skin is usually caused by external factors; however, it can be a sign of either a natural physiologic change or an illness.
Aging is a natural change that leads to dry skin. Most people develop dry skin as they get older, especially women. Changes in hormones can lead to dry skin and for many it is genetic. Some people are just prone to it.
Medical conditions can also lead to dry skin. A few common causes are:
Did you know you could improve your complexion by consuming certain foods that contain inflammation-reducing niacin, like avocados?
Apricots, carrots, and cantaloupes are packed full of vitamin A and healthy antioxidants that fight skin-aging free radicals.
Essential fatty acids like the omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts, and eggs help produce your skin's natural oil layer that is essential in maintaining skin hydration.
Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. If ever you have a craving for nuts, it may be due to an iron deficiency. Even if you do eat a well-balanced diet take a multivitamin daily.
Use skin treatment products containing 100% pure emu oil to help keep skin moisturized and will penetrate deeply into the tissues of the skin, muscles, and joints.
Avoid diuretics such as alcohol and caffeine because they can cause the body and skin cells to lose important minerals and fluids.
Pure Prime Emu Oil
Of course, once you have dry skin, it is important to address the cause, but also treat the skin itself. Especially if the cause is not something you can change, such as a condition or a medication that is important for your health, you can still manage the moisture in your skin. The best moisturizers will be free of dyes and fragrances that can cause dry and cracked skin to sting when applied. Pure Prime Emu Oil is a wonderful natural moisturizer with no added color or fragrances that will harm or hurt, even temporarily. The balance of essential fatty acids give it not only the properties to bring moisture into skin, but also deep absorption so that moisture is not left at the surface level.
Peach Facial Moisturizer
Peach Facial Moisturizer from BLUESPRING contains not only emu oil, but other fantastic moisturizing ingredients, as well. Aloe vera was one of Queen Cleopatra’s secrets for youthful looking skin in ancient Egypt because of its amazing ability to rejuvenate through adding and retaining moisture while helping skin naturally rid itself of toxins. Jojoba oil is very similar to the oil that human skin produces naturally, which makes it a great way to replace oil that may be lacking in skin for other reasons. While formulated for use on the face, Peach Facial Moisturizer can be applied to other areas of the body as needed.