Dry Skin is a problem that affects approximately 40% of our female population and is caused by many diverse factors. Surprisingly, a significant number of women are slightly dehydrated on a regular basis. For these women, simply increasing water intake might alleviate symptoms of dry skin. Others may have dry skin as a consequence of Diabetes, over-exposure to sunlight, smoking, or simple aging.
No matter what the cause is, the results of dry skin are frustrating and not attractive. Skin cells collapse as moisture is depleted. Small lines and webbing appears on faces and hands. Lines at the corners of the mouth and eyes form and begin to crease more deeply. Skin may appear dry, flakey, and slightly scaly instead of smooth and silky.
If you notice signs of dry skin on your face or hands, consider these solutions.
- Make sure you are getting plenty of water to drink.
- Avoid exposure to harsh sunlight
- Reduce or quit smoking
- Eat foods rich in Vitamin E including almonds, wheat germ, safflower oil, peanuts and hazelnuts
- Moisturize with a product high in hyaluronic acid and peptides
Why hyaluronic acid and peptides? Hyaluronic acid penetrates your skin and works directly on the layers below the surface. On the skin above hyaluronic acid moisturizes and reduces fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing away dry, rough spots. Below, HA hydrates and stimulates skin repair by facilitating the production of collagen. The result is that skin cells are plumper, moister, less dry and depleted. Your skin looks smooth and silky, rich and radiant.
Peptides are also extremely valuable in your defensive arsenal against dry, aged skin. Peptides enhance and promote collagen production and increase elasticity in skin making it more supple and young-looking.
If dry skin is your problem, consider the lifestyle changes above and daily cleanse with a gentle, paraben-free cleanser and then moisturize with a hydrating cream rich in Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid such as Peptide 6™ from Mango Madness Skin Care.