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How A Shielding Lotion Works

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Effects of Modern Life On Your Skin:

The outer layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells, natural oils and lipids (fats). It is designed by nature to protect your deeper layers of skin from irritants and toxins. This is natural skin care at its very best.

Most soaps and cleansers contain fragrances, colorants, antibacterial agents and many other ingredients that strip away these protective elements from the outer layer of skin, compromising your natural skin care. A shielding lotion replenishes this protective layer on the skin and helps heal skin disorders.

Daily use of most soaps and cleansers can greatly reduce your skin's natural ability to repel the thousands of irritants and toxins that are commonly found in the home and work place. Once these irritants penetrate your outer layer of skin they can cause dry skin conditions, eczema, psoriasis, skin allergies and many other less desirable skin and health problems.

"Dry, itchy skin is nature's way of letting you know that this protective barrier has been stripped away," says Dr. Peter Helton, a board certified cosmetic dermatologist in Newport Beach, CA.

How Your Natural Skin Care Can Be Restored

Your skin has a natural ability to protect and hydrate � it just has to be restored. Only moisture and oils that are below the outer layer of skin can actually resolve a dry skin condition and they escape once the protective outer layer of your skin is stripped away.

A shielding lotion is the best natural skin care treatment because it replenishes the protective layer of the skin and allows your skin to heal with its own oils and moisture.

Conventional lotions are merely artificial moisturizers that, when applied to the surface of the skin, temporarily mask the symptoms of dry skin. These artificial moisturizers are much too heavy and complex to penetrate the outer layer of skin.

Have you ever started using a conventional lotion (artificial moisturizer) because you had a dry skin condition only to find that when you stopped using that artificial moisturizer your dry skin condition became worse - not better?

By using a shielding lotion that bonds with the outer layer of your skin you can keep irritants out and moisture in.

"Because most moisturizers do not seal in the body's own moisture, they artificially lubricate the outer layers of skin. When they wear off, the lubrication is gone and the original dryness remains. Sometimes this process will draw out the body's natural moisture and contribute to the dehydration process," writes Dr. Peter Helton.

"The secret to resolving dry skin is not only having enough moisture, but also having that moisture located where it can actually resolve a dry skin condition. The use of artificial moisturizers (conventional lotions) only mask dry skin symptoms, which can result in more dry skin, while a shielding lotion protects your skin, allowing your own natural moisture to heal the skin," adds Dr. Helton. "It�s the perfect natural skin care treatment."

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