February 18th, 2013 | admin

Understanding Your Skin and Water’s Essential Role in Keeping You Healthy

 

Your skin takes care of you, so shouldn’t you be taking care of it? Something as simple as hydration will keep your skin in tip-top shape. But before we talk about the best ways to hydrate, let’s see what the skin does for our bodies.

  • Skin protects you from germs, bacteria, fungi, and physical trauma.
  • This largest organ of the body insulates you in cold temperatures. Alternatively, it assists in cooling your body when it is hot.
  • Skin uses sunlight to create vitamin D, something we need.
  • The skin protects your body from moisture loss. Our bodies require regular hydration to make sure the internal organs are working properly.

 

Identifying dry skin and the risks.

Dry skin is damaged skin, which often cannot perform its vital functions optimally. The skin cracks and splits because it is dry. This makes it easier for pathogens to enter the body. With dry skin, you have fewer defenses against skin infections. Skin infections can manifest as rashes, bumps, peeling skin, and other symptoms.

Three ways to hydrate.

First, you should drink around eight glasses of water or as much as your body needs, but you already knew that. What you might not know is that if you exercise or perspire or are sick or pregnant, then you need to drink even more water. Here’s a quick tip: Start your day off with a glass of water and drink a glass of water before every meal. This is a weight loss trick many people use, but it’s a great way to care for your skin, too.

Second, don’t forget about eating fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of water, too.  Watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, and cucumbers are good choices. Here’s a longer list of produce and water content from the University of Kentucky.

Third, moisturize of course! Avoid soaps and skincare products that contain alcohol and other drying ingredients, and choose a daytime moisturizer and a heavier nighttime moisturizer for everyday use. Remember, Alivea makes for an excellent night cream.

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