Staying Hydrated During the Winter Months

If you’re on the East Coast, the air has probably started to change significantly. While we’ve been enjoying unseasonably warmer weather, there was a shift in the recent two weeks that seemed to dry out the air and bring with it a bit of a chill. This will only continue to get worse and what will suffer the most? Our skin.

The colder temperatures and dryer air can wreak havoc on our skin that was used to humid days, sunscreen lotions and plenty of Vitamin D. We can easily become dehydrated during the winter months, even though we aren’t sweating nearly as much, so it’s important to give your skin some extra love and care. It may surprise you to learn that our skin contains 64 percent water and our muscles, kidneys and even bones are made up of a good portion of water (usgs.gov).

When we forget to stay hydrated and we don’t take proper care of our skin through hydration, every part of our body takes a hit. Our kidneys suffer, our lips and skin crack, we may feel tired, dizzy or lightheaded and we may suffer from headaches or constipation.

It’s more important during the winter months to stay hydrated because the air around us is no longer supporting our body’s need for hydration. It’s up to us.

Here are a few ways we can support every function in our body, while maintaining healthy, beautiful skin and lips.

 

Drink plenty of fluids, especially after or during physical activity.

Eat fruits and vegetables, which are a great source of hydration.

Don’t rely on thirst to indicate dehydration – drink often, even if you aren’t thirsty.

Keep in mind that certain fluids actually dehydrate the body, such as soda, alcohol, tea and coffee.

Pay the price for better skin products that do not contain skin-drying chemicals, like alcohol.

Apply lip care products several times throughout the day.

Cover sensitive skin, like the face and hands, when going outside into colder temperatures.

Layer clothing, rather than wearing heavy-duty fabrics that could cause sweating.

Keep an eye on the color of your urine. If it is dark yellow, rather than pale, you need to drink more fluids.

Eating salty foods and soup can actually help you retain water because of its sodium content.