Properties of Skin
The skin is the largest organ in our body. It plays an important role in protecting the body against pathogens and the elements while preventing excessive water loss. Additionally it regulates temperature and insulates the body, keeping it warm when needed. Humans in different countries have skin suited to each climate as they grow up there. In Singapore, we have a tropical climate and it is usually hot and humid for the whole year.
Generally a hot and humid climate affects skin by producing more sebum. Sebum lubricates the skin and protects it from the environment and dehydration. While that is an advantage, it can cause clogged pores and lead to acne if it is in excess. While this climate should technically lead to oilier skin, it indirectly induces dry skin. To keep cool in hot weather, we turn on the air conditioning. Air conditioning are present in offices, shopping centres and even at home. While it keeps us cool, the air conditioner also causes dry skin as it removes moisture from the air. This lowers the skin’s resistance and dries the cells on the surface of our skin.
There are a few solutions to dry skin. One of which is to have a a humidifier near you. This will keep the skin moist at all times. The downside is that it is a tad expensive compared to the other solutions as you first have to purchase the equipments and then there is also the additional cost to the electricity bill.
The next solution is to drink water more often. It might seem like a no-brainer but water helps keep the skin and body hydrated at all times. Most people would assume they drink enough liquids but they are soda which has a high sodium content, leading to a dehydrated body. Or their choice of liquid is alcohol and coffee, which are diuretic, meaning it causes more urination which also leads to a dehydrated body.
The last solution will be a moisturiser. Moisturizer helps to hold water in the skin why also attracting moisture. With regular application throughout the day, dry skin can be avoided. There are many types of moisturizer and it is dependent on the skin types, so a visit to the doctor is better to get a recommendation of the moisturizer you should be getting.
At Theo10, there is Moisturize, which comes in the 150ml and the 250ml. It is made with a combination of cold pressed oils, naturally extracted glycerine and organic essential oils. It helps to hydrolyze the skin while reducing moisture loss.