Dry skin can hurt. Even if you aren't worried about premature wrinkles, the results of dry skin can be more than cosmetic. Cracked, peeling and flaking skin is no joke. If the idea of having a bottle of moisturizer in the glove compartment of your truck makes you feel like a wimp, reconsider. Your face and hands are on the front lines when it comes to skin abuse. The next time you dry shave, jog into the wind or mow the lawn in the middle of summer, spare a thought for your overworked and underappreciated skin. It's the hardest working organ in your body -- and you're stuck with it for the duration. Give it the care it deserves and it'll be a nice fit; abuse it and it may start to pinch, itch and generally make your life miserable. Is dry skin always the result of user neglect? No, but operator error is often the culprit.
Let's take a look at some of the main causes of dry skin and explore a few simple but effective products for controlling the carnage. You may not be concerned about looking like a debutante until you're ready to retire, but like that black leather jacket you love so much, proper maintenance and care will make your skin look better longer. It will also feel like it's working with you instead of against you.