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Dry Skin Basics

DRY SKIN BASICS
 
Dry Skin: It’s About MoreThan Moisture
To understand dry skin, you have to start with the root cause.
A Healthy Skin Barrier contains a ratio of equal ceramide, cholesterol and free-fatty acids.
This combination acts as the glue holding skin cells together. When this ratio is disrupted,
the skin barrier is compromised and can result in dry skin.
Other Causes of Dry Skin
  • Low ceramide – a waxy, moisture-holding lipid found in the skin
  • Low amount of sebum (oil), vital to lubricating skin layers & acts as a protectant
  • Cold dry weather
  • Harsh ingredients in skin care products
Dry Skin Tips
  • Avoid long, hot showers that zap moisture from skin
  • Use a humidifier, especially in winter months when air is more dry
  • Apply a serum or cream that’s right for you, morning & night to strengthen and protect the barrier from harsh weather.
Did you know?  Too much hydration or not the right type can do damage to the health of the skin barrier as well.
The goal is to add the correct amount of moisture that optimizes the health of the skin barrier. More is not always better.
Don’t forget to drink water for healthy skin!

What is the difference between Pharmaceutical VS. Cosmeceutical grade products on the market?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) divides skin care products into two separate categories:  Cosmetic & pharmaceutical. Pharmaceutical products undergo rigorous testing that can go on for more than 10 yrs and cost millions of dollars. Pharmaceutical grade products are only available through a licensed professional. These products not only contain a higher percentage of active ingredients, but higher quality of each ingredient. According to the FDA, pharmaceutical grade products are required to be 99% pure, where cosmetic grade products are only required to be 70% pure. Active ingredients are those that can make a change in your skin such as (reducing wrinkles, pigmentation, alleviate acne, etc.).

Are you drinking enough water?

DID YOU KNOW…
We all know water is important, but did you know that:
 
  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Mild dehydration will slow down a persons metabolism as much as 3%.
  • Are you tired during the day?  Lack of water  is the #1 trigger.
  • 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water a day decreases  the risk of colon cancer by 45%.
Are you drinking enough water?
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