Rough Skin

Written by Anmy Leuthold
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Dry, rough skin is identifiable by its tight, coarse feel and its dull appearance. Dry skin is apparent in the epidermis, the upper-most layer. Around 80% of the body's epidermal cells are made of keratinocytes, made up of soft protein keratin. The epidermal cells are born in the basal layer, the lowest layer of the epidermis. As these cells emerge toward the outer layer, they increase in the amount of keratin they make. By the time the cells reach the top, they are formed entirely of keratin and are no longer alive.

The appearance of the skin begins to look flaky and cracked as cells slough off, if the cells contain too little keratin. When there is not enough water, the keratin deteriorates and the cells can't stay together. Keratin needs water to keep it healthy and supple. When the skin becomes dry, this is what happens. In order to keep the keratin healthy, and avoid dry skin from happening, a way must be found to keep water trapped in the skin.

Exfoliate to Avoid Rough Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and other than bath-time, it is completely neglected. Exfoliating takes just a few minutes everyday, and it is the best thing you can do for your rough skin. It is recommended to always scrub your skin with a body brush or a loofah while bathing, to get rid of grime and dead skin.

Soft, sensuous skin is just waiting to be uncovered on all your dry, rough skin problem areas. Without expensive, harsh or abrasives chemicals, you can naturally and gently exfoliate skin cells to reveal smooth, new skin. Your skin's condition will improve with each use of a loofah sponge. For lasting softness and a silken, radiant finish, rejuvenate your skin daily by exfoliating your skin.

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