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Dry Skin Is Not Treated Or Prevented By Moisturizers

Have you actually had this feeling when you use a lotion for dry skin, and your skin becomes even drier? Or it feels even worse after you stop using your skin care product comparing with previous skin condition? Find out why!

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Everyone uses moisturizers these days - either they have dry skin or they're trying to prevent it. They're trying to get a smooth, supple surface so foundation will blend in evenly, or they're trying to get that moist, dewy look. Older people think moisturizers keep them looking younger, and young people think they'll keep them from looking older. But what most people don't know is that traditional moisturizers are causing some of the same skin problems they're trying to get rid of or prevent. And the big one – the one that leads to all the other problems – is dry skin. In fact, dry skin treatment and prevention require something totally different.

How does our skin get dry? The outer layer of skin basically consists of dead skin cells that protect the delicate living cells of the deeper layers. The outer layer needs to stay hydrated to protect the deeper layers, so natural oils are produced that prevent moisture from escaping. These oils also help keep irritants away from the deeper layers of skin.

Regular washing with soap, or exposure to chemicals, can remove these natural oils. When the oils are stripped from the outer layer of skin, the moisture quickly evaporates, the skin dries out, and the deeper layers are no longer protected. Further exposure to soap, chemicals or environmental toxins does more damage.

How do traditional moisturizers worsen the problem? When we use conventional moisturizers, including hand lotions, the skin thinks it is adequately hydrated. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth – it has lost its natural moisture. Nevertheless, the body responds by reducing its production of natural oils and moisture and this in turn causes further dehydration.

You may have met someone who complained that their skin got drier after they started using traditional moisturizers – now you know why.

How do you fix the problem? Stop using traditional moisturizers and switch to a shielding lotion. A good shielding lotion bonds with the skin to form a protective outer layer that locks in natural moisture and keeps chemicals out. Try it, you could say goodbye to traditional dry skin care products, and hello to shielding lotion, forever.

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