Monday, June 27, 2011

Alcohol in Skin Care Preparation May Cause Dry Skin

“99 ABC’s of Wellness” Article Credit: The original article 99 ABC’s of Wellness is by Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit, which has appeared on the Philippine Star on January 12, 1999.

Principle #8: Alcohol in Skin Care Preparation

"Alcohol in skin care preparations is drying to the skin and may cause irritations. Choose non-alcoholic preparations or non-drying alcohol varieties." (Excerpt from the original article)

The technical term for dry skin is Xeroderma. The most common sign is the visible peeling of the outer layer of the skin, itching and cracking of the skin. It usually affects the scalp, arms, hands and legs.

The surface of the knuckles of a hand with xeroderma (wikipedia)

Cold weather can contribute to this condition since the cold temperature outside the skin and the warm temperature inside cause loss of moisture. Excessive bathing or hand washing can also wash away the natural skin oils that serve as a natural skin protection, which can cause drying.

The most common treatments for dry skin are, moisturizing creams, lotions and natural oil like palm oil or olive oil. In severe conditions, you need to see a dermatologist.

In a recent study, at the "Beyond Beauty Paris" conference in France provide compelling evidence that lutein, a dietary nutrient available as a supplement and long-known for its effectiveness in promoting eye health, also provides specific skin health benefits. These include increasing the hydration, elasticity and superficial lipids of the skin, while decreasing the oxidation – a process that causes degradation – of those beneficial skin lipids. (Des Moines, Iowa, September 12, 2006 –

This is good news to those who suffer from dry skin.

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