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Dry cracked skin, and the Effective Ingredients in Moisturizers

Before I started this journey into healing my own dry cracked heels. I don't think I ever read the list in popular moisturizers. I pretty nuch relied on the advertising hype on TV and in magazines.
I've pointed out, in previous blogs some of the really bad and scary stuff found in lotions and cremes, and I still want you to be on the look-out for those. But today I am going to add to the list of things to look for....because these are the good guys.
On any area of your body, regardless if its face or feet, there are a common number of ingredients you want to be looking for. Let's start with lipids. "These are fats that can't be dissolved in water. There are many types of lipids in the human body. Skin lipids constitute 10-30% of the top layer and form the skin's barrier preventing infiltration through the skin .Lipids also reduce the loss of moisture protecting us from dehydration. Many skin care companies use a form of these lipds as ingredients in their products. You will most commonly see them listed as ceramides or liposomes.
Now let's take a look at humectants." These are substances that have the ability to absorb moisture from the air. Pretty cool! Skin care products with humectants are designed to avoid the loss of water from our skin and help us delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The most popular humectants are glycerin, panthenol and hyaluronic acid.
Cosmetic companies use peptides to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles. But when you look for them on labels, be sure they are pretty close to the top, as there has to be a high concentration of them, without them causing irritation.The most well known peptides in cosmetic formultaions are copper peptides, hexapeptide-3 and pentapeptides."
Now let's get down to the subject most near and dear to my heart, or feet in this case. I still want you to read labels when looking for moisurizing products for your feet, but you have to be awae of an incredibly important distinction between the skin on your face and the skin on your feet. You have oil glands on most every areas of skin on your body except your feet! What this boils down too is the fact that your feet are more likely then any other part of your body to become starved for moisture. Your primary concern then is to prevent moisture loss on your feet...a task easily accomplished by wearing a pair of SoleMates. If you want to then be especially kind to the now soft skin on your feet, then apply lotions or cremes that have the ingredients listed above. This is a sure fire way to have beautiful skin both above and below your waist!