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Simple Explanations For Dry Skin

Jan 29, 2008
Skin is the outer covering of all bodies, animals and humans. Just below are the networks of flesh, arteries and veins, and other organs, which are embedded far more deeply in the flesh. That's the way nature has built the body, again, animal or human. Even fish have the same, behind their scales. It is a protective mechanism.

This protective mechanism has its own flexibility. You have seen a new born, and children, who have not yet gone to school. How soft and tender their skin are! That's because they have not been exposed sufficiently to the external environment. As they age, you may not notice it, but if you do have a child at home, or you can see children, you will find that their skin has become just that bit less soft and tighter.

As a person ages, so do the organs, including the skin. This is because the epidermis, as it is called, receives nourishment from oils from within the body, and also from your intake of fluids. In the good old days, our ancestors, used to take an oil bath once in a week. This was because it helped to supplement the oil in the body, and allowed the skin to breathe. Yes, your skin breathes, much the same way you breathe. It is taking out heat, or allowing heat to come through, in summer and winter.

In summer, it requires more fluids, because, in the heat, your body temperature could rise, but the skin sweats, i.e. the water, for want of a medical term, so that when it comes into contact with air, it evaporates, and leaves a cool feeling on your skin. That's why when you sit down after a jog or a walk outside in the heat, you stand under a fan, and you feel cool immediately.

The same way, if you walk into an air-conditioned room for some time you don't feel the cool air of the air-conditioner, but after a while you feel better. The skin is doing it for you. And, you do feel thirsty. Your body is asking for more fluids, to replace what it has lost through the skin.

Normally when we bathe, we immediately rub ourselves down, and start dressing. Well, the real way is to not rub yourselves down, but to pat the water on your skin. This does not remove the water on the skin, and the intake through the pores is increased. Similarly, you should not have a real hot water bath. It closes the skin pores, and therefore the intake naturally is less. Use tepid or slightly warm water. And give it about two to three minutes before you PAT yourself down.

Use of a harsh soap also does the same thing. Therefore, change your soap, and/or you can use cream or a good moisturizer and apply it to the skin. Give some to it to be absorbed by the skin. Then dress.

If it were recommended that before you take a bath, use good oil, once a week or twice, and apply it to your body and then rinse it by using a shampoo, you won't because you are short of time. But that's the natural way.
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