Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It encases you and alerts the world around you to your overall physical health. Because this largest of the body’s organs sits outside of all of us protecting all of our other organs it is susceptible to constant assaults by man-made chemicals and the environment. The results of these assaults can often be dry, cracked skin. Who are the assailants that can rob us of healthy, vital looking skin? Here are some of the most common culprits and some tips for combating dry, unhealthy skin.
Winter Weather: Unfortunately in another few months most of us will be entering a season that plays havoc with supple, healthy skin. That is because humidity levels in the atmosphere drop as temperatures fall. One way to fight back against the inevitable drop in humidity levels is to use a humidifier.
Too much sun: As many of us attempt to get a nice tan we should remember that UV exposure can lead to a condition known as photo-aging. This condition causes the skin to become dry and flaky.
Harsh Cleansers: Common ingredients in cleansers like glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid can actually lift natural oil from the skin. Hand sanitizers also can notoriously rob the skin of moisture and cause cracking. Common ways to aid dry skin that has been dried out by one of these cleansers is to scale back on their use and to use a nourishing serum or firming serum to restore the skin’s vigor and suppleness. Apothederm® Firming Serum uses botanicals and our patented SmartPeptides® help firm and protect the skin against drying and cracking that can be caused by environmental factors and these cleansers. It also reduces the signs of aging while it moisturizes and hydrates the skin.
Hot water: A hot bath is often provides a refreshing retreat from a long day of work or play. However, water that is too hot can strip the skin of oils that moisturizes and protects it against damage. To remedy this be careful that when you bath the water is not too hot. (Remember, you’re not cooking a lobster.)
Smoking: Among the countless reason to avoid smoking is that doing so can protect the health and vigor of your skin by keeping it from becoming too dry.
Pollution: Air pollution breaks down the vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A helps to repair damaged skin.
Of course dry skin can also be a sign more serious health conditions and it is always a good idea to see your physician if you suspect that your skin is dry due to diseases like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, diabetes or an underactive thyroid gland. Barring the presence of these more serious conditions, dry skin can be revitalized in a number of ways from using moisturizers and serums to the common sense measures outlined above.