6 Surprising Skin Parchers

Do you know what's drying out your skin? (8 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Sep 18, 2012 at 5:26PM

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6 Surprising Skin Parchers

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Surprising Skin Parchers

Dry, flaky, dull skin isn’t pretty. It’s not healthy either. The outer layer of your skin serves as a shield against bacteria and infection-causing germs. “When it becomes brittle and cracked, you lose that protection,” explains Ellen Marmur, M.D., chief of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and author of Simple Skin Beauty. That’s why it’s smart to suss out sneaky lifestyle practices and environmental factors that can suck moisture out of your skin -- and take steps to protect it. Here are six surprising skin parchers to watch out for:

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