dry skinMISSOURI – As winter weather inches closer to the listening area, some are preparing for a different kind of impact: dry skin.

“We have to keep our skin hydrated,” said Dr. Mike Smith, senior scientist and spokesperson for Life Extension.

Smith claimed the dry skin epidemic that impacts the area every year is directly related to the dry air that comes with cold temperatures. Smith explained cold temperatures have a tendency to draw the moisture out of the air. While most might resort directly to creams and lotions, he said there could be other alternatives.

“Make sure you’re eating foods that are anti-inflamatory – the omega oils – lots of fish …” said Smith. “This time of year we have to be very careful because we have the holidays … and we tend to eat the foods we shouldn’t during the winter months.”

Sugary substances can remove the moisture from your skin, compounding the results of cold weather. Smith said, while most will enjoy desserts and treats through the holiday season, countering that with healthier foods before and after the holidays can make a big difference.

Life Extension is company that works to find solutions to problems everyday people face, including dry skin. Smith said there is a difference between their “solutions” and the others that exist.

“[It’s] not just a band-aid to the problem,” said Smith. “Although there are wonderful topical skin moisturizers on the market, they really are just band-aids. You’re applying different types of active ingredients on the surface of your skin – there’s a lot of questions as to whether those ingredients actually absorb deep enough to improve moisture content.”

Smith said Life Extension decided to offer a skin fat called ceramide, which is a component of the skin’s surface.

“They hold the skin cells together,” Smith explained. “The ceramides will fuse together the skin cells, keeping the moisture in the deeper layers of skin where you want it.”

Aging and stress can reduce the number of ceramides in the skin, according to Smith. He said there are three simple rules for people to follow that promote good skin health through the winter.

For those seeking a better reason to prevent dry skin other than appearance, Smith added the condition can have more significant consequences on one’s health.

“If your skin gets too dry, you can actually crack,” said Smith. “That’s when infections can actually increase. We now know that there is an epidemic in this country of some nasty bacteria … it’s all over the place now. So when you have open skin wounds from dry skin from the winter conditions, that really can put you at significant risk for these severe infections.”

More information is available at Life Extension’s website.

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