It is hard to underestimate the importance of water to our health. Our adult bodies contain up to 60% water. Every part of the body needs and uses water to perform essential functions. Water is a vital nutrient in every cell, it regulates our internal temperatures by sweating and respiration, lubricates joints, and helps flush waist out of our body. Water is essential to our health and well-being!
We use 2 to 3 liters of water every day with moderate activity. If you engage in strenuous work or exercise, you may need much more water to stay hydrated. Your environment also affects the amount of water you need every day. Hot humid climates make us perspire more than cooler drier climates. Each day you need to replenish what you used or you start to become dehydrated. Even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on us, from bad breath and dry skin to difficulty concentrating.
Extreme Tampa Heat And Humidity
It is easy to get dehydrated in Tampa Bay. it is one of the most hot and humid places in the USA. During the summer, humidity ranges from 90 to 60% and temperatures are in the high 80 to low 90. The heat and humidity affect our ability to stay hydrated. We sweat to regulate body heat. The heat causes us to perspire, but the humidity stops the perspiration from effectively cooling us down. We sweat more in this environment. This is why it is especially important to drinking lots of water in Tampa. Even though we are soaking wet with sweat, we can be seriously dehydrated on the inside.
For our skin, the main environmental factor to be careful of is the sun. The humidity can fool us into thinking we are hydrated when we are not, leading to dry skin. But the sun causes more damage. Overexposure can cause the skin to dry up, flake and wrinkle. Dehydrated skin makes us age faster.
Chronic dehydration of the skin can lead to premature aging.
The humidity itself does not cause, dry itchy, flaking skin. The humidity works to keep the surface of the skin moist. But, the sun does the opposite, when it hits the skin, it saps the moisture out of the skin and dries it out.
Going out? Don’t leave your water bottle behind!
Causes Of Dehydration
- Lack of water intake
- Extreme environments
Signs Of Dehydration
- Red flaky skin
- Dry to the touch
Keeping Skin Hydrated
- Drink water every day: adequate intake is 3 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women per day.
- Use moisturizing cream, preferably Image Moisturizer with SPF 50 in it.
- Get a re-hydrating facial. A Green Tea facial with a dose of Vitamin C is good if you are dehydrated. Green Tea is organic, hydrating and full of antioxidants that fight free radicals.
Ivette’s Hydration Formula
If you are coming in for a chemical peel or facial, ask Ivette about her hydration formula. She creates a moisturizer for clients with her own special blend of moisturizing and protective ingredients. It’s a great way to start the day.
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