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Skin is the body’s largest organ, its layers work hard to protect us.
Skin regulates body temperature, maintains fluid balance, and controls moisture loss. It also acts as a barrier and shock absorber, recognizes pain sensations to alert us to danger, and protects us against the sun’s harmful ultaviolet (UV) rays.
Many factors impact your skin. Genetics, aging, hormones, and conditions such as diabetes are internal factors that affect the skin.
External influencers such as unprotected sun exposure and washing too frequently or with water that is too hot can damage skin. An unhealthful diet, stress, a lack of sleep, not enough exercise, dehydration, smoking, and particular medications can all impact the skin’s ability to operate as an effective protective barrier.
There are many ways you can improve your skin.
Defferent types of skin may need a different kind of treatment.
This is a great video to watch on how to treat dry skin from American Academy of Dermatology:
Here is a list of tips to follow for your dry skin (and most of people have this kind of skin):
- Prevent baths and showers from making dry skin worse.
- Apply moisturizer immediately after washing.
- Use an ointment or cream rather than a lotion.
- Wear lip balm.
- Use only gentle, unscented skin care products.
- Wear gloves.
- Choose non-irritating clothes and laundry detergent.
- Stay warm without cozying up to a fireplace or other heat source.
- Add moisture to the air.
Your skin should start to feel better quickly. If these changes do not bring relief, you may want to see a dermatologist. Very dry skin can require a prescription ointment or cream. Dry skin also can be a sign of a skin condition that needs treatment. A dermatologist can examine your skin and explain what can help reduce your discomfort.