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Why Do We Get Dry Skin?

Dry skin, otherwise known as xerosis, is perpetuated as moisture gets lost in the uppermost layer of your skin. This external layer of the skin, called the stratum corneum, is composed of hardened, dry, and dead skin cells that act as a protective barrier between the outside world and the underlying layers of your skin.

To attempt to maintain adequate levels of moisture, the skin relies on sebaceous glands to secrete sebum, the natural oil that lubricates and moisturises the outer layers of the skin (epidermis). However, the sebum is susceptible to external factors, such as bathing and excess air conditioning. The epidermis as such doesn't have the ability to retain moisture, so once the impermeable layer that coats the skin is not there, your skin starts drying out.

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