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Fact or Fiction: The Environment and Your Skin
by Staff
The average adult has about 8 pounds of skin. Our skin is the only thing separating us from the environment and all of its pollutants and harmful substances. How much do you know about what your skin is keeping out -- and keeping in?

As far as your skin goes, the sun is the most dangerous environmental factor out there.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: Environmental ozone is far worse.

You can get a sunburn on a cloudy day.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: Don't worry about sunburn if there's more than 50 percent cloud cover.

The subcutaneous layer of your skin plays the most important role in protecting your body from environmental factors.

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  • almost fact: It's the dermis.

The most crucial function of the skin barrier is to keep pollutants out of your body.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: The most important thing is to maintain a good balance of water in your body.

When you're exposed to the sun, your body stops making melanin.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: It actually ramps up melanin production.

Men's skin stands up better to the elements than women's does.

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  • almost fact: There's actually hardly any difference.

A good moisturizer is effective because it adds water to the body.

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  • almost fact: Effective moisturizers prevent the skin from losing water.

Moisturizer ingredients like glycerin and silicone block water from leaving the body.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: Glyceride, not glycerin.

You can help maintain your skin barrier by eating foods that are high in antioxidants.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: Protein-rich foods are more important to your epidermis.

A 'wet wrap,' which involves seaweed and mayonnaise, can strengthen your skin barrier.

  • fact
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  • almost fact: The wet wrap involves water and cotton cloths.