Remember when you had baby-soft skin? Now, some days your dry skin can make you feel more like a T-Rex than a baby. (And sometimes I feel as old as one too!)
Well, friend, it turns out that having dried-up leathery scales for skin isn’t just a cosmetic issue.
And the risks go far beyond scratching and itching.
It could put you in the direct path of one of the most TERRIFYING risks of aging as new research links leathery dry skin to dementia.
But there’s a plus side to this shocking new study.
It also shows how taking action right now to refresh, restore, and rejuvenate your dry skin just might protect you from this dreaded disease.
And there’s a safe and simple way to do exactly that.
But first, let’s take a quick look at the baffling link between dry skin and brain damage.
Link between dry skin & dementia revealed
I know it sounds absolutely bonkers.
How in the heck could dry skin damage your brain???
But here’s the skinny on your skin: It’s NOT just a wrapper for your bones, keeping your blood and organs inside.
It’s an organ of its own. The BIGGEST one you have, in fact. And we know each organ influences the rest, like falling dominos. Which is why so many chronic conditions often lead to other serious diseases.
In this case, the new study finds the damage that leads to dry skin activates tiny inflammatory proteins called cytokines that help trigger tissue repair.
But when you have too many cytokines… when your very dry skin sends a lot of them running around… they can slip into your bloodstream and go for a ride.
And that’s bad news because they end up triggering an inflammatory response EVERYWHERE. Next thing you know you’re suffering from silent inflammation throughout your body.
It even happens in your BRAIN!
The cytokines and the accompanying inflammation are linked to the “plaques and tangles” that mark the slow onset of dementia.
The SKIN-DEEP secret to saving your brain
There’s your risk.
Now let’s get to work stopping it – and the new study shows how.
Researchers tested cytokines in sets of older folks and younger folks. And naturally, they found that the volunteers who were on the older side had higher levels of the dry-skin linked proteins from the get-go.
But then they gave some of these folks a little moisturizer to help restore their dry skin.
It didn’t just work.
It was practically a miracle!
It turned back time, at least as far as cytokines are concerned. Older folks who used the moisturizer saw their dry skin soften and their cytokines plunged to the same levels as people HALF their age!
Specifically, they saw drops in three critical and dangerous inflammatory proteins: interleukin-1 beta, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor.
Along with dementia, these cytokines have been linked to multiple chronic diseases… so the lesson today comes down to one word: moisturize.
Look for a paraben-free dry skin cream made with natural ingredients rather than chemical additives. One we like is Atopalm moisturizing lotion, which is the same brand used in the study.