Everyone has experienced the drag of dehydration at some point; the headaches, dry mouth, irritability, and even dizziness that comes after long periods of intense physical activity, or a bout with a bug. It makes you feel bad, but when pro-longed, it can make you look bad as well.
Approximately two-thirds of your body weight is water, so when you’re dehydrated, that means this ratio has become imbalanced, or the fluids you lost throughout the day have not been adequately replenished. If mild, for example say you forgot to bring your water bottle to a workout session, you’ll feel thirsty. But if moderate to severe, you’ll begin to experience flu-like symptoms like loss of appetite, and the deficiency will begin to manifest in your appearance.
On the surface, dehydration can lead to dry, flaky skin, itchiness, cracked lips, fine-lines, brittle nails, and dull hair. Older adults are more prone tothese effects, yet they can occur in anyone who has a water-deficiency or engages in activities that remove moisture from the skin. Take, for example, healthcare professionals, and beauticians. Both must constantly use oil-absorbing, anti-bacterial soaps that breakdown the skin’s natural barriers and dry it out, which stresses the importance of emollients.
Emollients, also known as moisturizers, are products that increase the skin’s ability to hold water by creating a protective barrier When used regularly, they effectively treat dry skin, but there is always more you can do like making sure you:
- Drink two to four quarts of water every 24 hours. One quart = 32 ounces or four eight ounce cups of water.
- Never ignore your body’s thirst mechanism. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already mildly dehydrated.
- Use a humidifier in dry environments.
- Avoid very hot water when bathing which can dehydrate you.
- Limit hot showers to 5-10 minutes.
- Moisturize immediately after wetting the skin and throughout the day as needed.
Pick a glo therapeutics moisturizer that fits your skin's needs:
- For mildly dry skin: Conditioning Hydration Cream, B5 Hydration
- For mild to moderately dry skin: Conditioning Restorative Cream, Cyto-luxe Cream
- For moderate to severely dry skin: Advanced B5 Hydration, Barrier Balm
- For your lips: Mint Balm or Lip Ritual