The Science of Moisturizing Skin

Skin is the body’s first defense against the outside environment. It is also the largest organ of the body. It deserves to be treated with the utmost care. Dry skin can be itchy and have a rough, unattractive appearance. In extreme cases, dry skin can bleed. Moisturizing the skin is one of the most important ways to maintain and protect the skin.
Many different environmental conditions dry out skin. Winter’s cold temperatures, low humidity caused by air conditioning or heating, excessive cleaning, using the wrong type of cleansers, and even hot showers can cause dry skin. The best defense is to avoid these conditions, but that isn’t always possible.
Skin moisturizers contain two main classes of ingredients: humectants and emollients. Humectants work by absorbing water from the air around you and reducing the loss of moisture from the skin. Common humectants are glycerin, aloe vera gel, urea, and hyaluronic acid. Emollients act as barriers protecting the skin and keeping moisture locked in. Common emollients are vegetable oil (i.e. fractionated coconut oil) and butters, and squalene.  Many moisturizers will have a combination of humectants and emollients, along with other skin-conditioning agents. 
Some dry skin is genetically inherited as well. But no matter why your skin is dry, moisturize frequently. Your skin will thank you. Try doTERRA’s excellent skin health products to moisturize, nourish, and pamper your skin.

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