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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. 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.
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.
Our skin contains a layer of natural lipids, or fats. This layer aids 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 doing such as prolonged exposure to dry air or using a harsh soap or sanitizers. Washing hands often or in water that is too hot can prevent the skin from replenishing the natural oils and fats that keep it hydrated by washing them away as soon as the skin has begun to produce them.
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. Inflammation results in redness, swelling, flakiness, and other unsightly and uncomfortable effects.
Dry skin is nothing new to humankind, and cultures around the world have battled it with various tools from nature.
If each of these sources provides moisture and improves the health of skin, why not use them all? And that is why we have gathered together solutions from around the world and combined them into our Healthy Skin Care line of products. Try them today and see for yourself the magic of nature at work!