DEHYDRATION AND THE SKIN.


Effects of Dehydration on the Skin.

Water is essential to life. As human, if we must keep living, we need to be hydrated to help our organs function effectively. One major way we benefit from staying hydrated is that our cells need water in order to grow, reproduce and survive.

Even though a large composition of our body is water, we lose this water through daily activities such as breathing, sweating, urinating and stooling, etc. To maintain a healthy balance, we need to take in sufficient water. Failure to do this can lead to dehydration. According to WebMD:  dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we take in through drinking.

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Dehydration is not just feeling thirsty. It is a sustained condition that can lead to serious health problems. Dehydration affects our ability to look good and feel good. One such areas in which the effects of dehydration is felt is the skin.

The human skin is a very important organ of the body. Apart from its aesthetic value, it also protects internal organs from being exposed to delicate pathogens present in the environment. As an organ made up of cells, the skin needs water if it is to remain healthy.

A healthy skin is often an indicator of overall good health. When we pursue a healthy lifestyle, the skin glows and it suffers when we make poor choices. Failure to drink sufficient water to balance out our body’s water composition leads to dehydration and the result can be painful on the skin.

dehydrated flaky skin

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Dehydration can cause dry, tight and flaky skin. You begin to experience rashes, redness and itchiness. A dehydrated skin is prone to early wrinkling. It is important to note that a dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin. Dry skin happens when your body does not produce sufficient oil, not as a result of water imbalance. Dry skin is genetic.

Our skin needs moisture to flourish. This means we should take in sufficient water, eat a healthy diet and avoid situations that can lead to skin dehydration. Dehydration causes the skin to age prematurely. When we fail to drink sufficient water, we are laying a groundwork for certain health complications and sabotaging our skin.

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Give your skin the boost it needs to shine by drinking enough water daily. Avoid taking extremely hot baths/showers as they could increase the skin’s dehydration. And avoid spending too much time in the sun. Remember, a dehydrated skin is not based on skin type, it is a condition resulting from lifestyle choices and can affect anybody. You can avoid this condition by making wise choices.

 

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