What Is A Shielding Lotion?

Chronic dehydration is one the main causes for dry, itchy skin

Chronic dehydration is perhaps the most widely misdiagnosed condition given that the symptoms of chronic dehydration can manifest as some of the most common illnesses – skin diseases, allergies, asthma, dyspepsia, colitis, constipation, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic pains in various parts of the body.

As the skin is the body’s largest organ, it is typically the first indicator, and often the first casualty, of chronic dehydration resulting in severe dry skin, eczema, and ichthyosis, particularly with the arrival of Summer temperatures. Dermatologists find that shielding lotion provides relief and protection from moisture loss due to dehydration-related skin conditions, while an increase in water and electrolytes work to reverse the effects of chronic dehydration.

According to research by the late F. Batmanghelidj, M.D., well-known author of "Your Body's Many Cries For Water (You Are Not Sick, You Are Thirsty)", during periods of dehydration, histamine insures that vital organs, including skin, have enough water to function properly. If enough water is not supplied, it is taken from within the body. Chronic dehydration can cause histamine to become excessively active, resulting in symptoms often mistaken for the afore-mentioned disorders.

The body is composed of nearly 75 percent water, the most important component for essential functions. Water is the solvent that aids digestion and flushes the body’s toxins, transports nutrients, and hormones, produces hydroelectric energy in the brain, maintains cell structure, and enables proteins and enzymes to function more efficiently.

Dermatologists agree that "Shielding Lotions" are best
to treat dry skin and can help alleviate chronic dehydration.

"Chronic dehydration is one the main causes of dry, itchy skin," says Dr. Peter Helton, a board-certified dermatologist from Southern California. "The low humidity that occurs as a result of indoor heating or air conditioning can wreak havoc with your skin's ability to stay moisturized."

"The epidermis (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. Dry, itchy skin is nature's way of letting you know that this protective barrier has been stripped away," says Dr. Helton.

Hot and dry weather is not the only culprit, in the colder parts of the country the numbers suffering from dry skin rise dramatically. "Most people in our area suffer from dry skin in the winter," comments Dr. Brian Zogg, a dermatologist who has a clinic in Southern Minnesota.

Dry skin is often aggravated by most soaps and cleansers containing fragrances, colorants, antibacterial agents and other ingredients that strip away the protective properties of the epidermis.

The traditional method for treating dry skin has been a moisturizing cream or lotion, in an attempt to replace the lost natural moisture with artificial moisture and oils.

Now new research has revealed that this may in fact be sending your skin a "negative" message.

Conventional lotions sit on the surface of the skin and very little, if any, can penetrate the epidermis. Daily use of conventional lotions (artificial moisturizers) can cause your skin to produce less natural moisture where it is really needed - below the epidermis - the only place moisture can resolve a dry skin condition. "When the skin gets this 'negative message' from artificial moisturizers, it can make it more difficult for the skin to heal," says Dr. Zogg. Research into this problem has produced a completely new type of lotion, called a shielding lotion, that's getting remarkable results. "A shielding lotion is far superior for treating dry, itchy skin because it bonds with outer epidermis and restores the protective barrier, keeping the moisture robbing irritants out and the skin's own natural oils and moisture in*," explains Dr. Helton.

"Shielding lotions don't wash or rub off," agrees Dr. Zogg. "Because a shielding lotion stays on and protects the skin it’s a very effective treatment for the dry skin condition."

"Severe dry skin conditions need to be treated with prescription medication for the inflammation along with a lotion to moisturize and help heal the skin. With a shielding lotion we find that the skin heals much faster, so the patient needs less medication," says Dr. Helton.

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