Dehydration is a common problem that many people don’t realize they’re dealing with. This can be especially true in the colder months of the year. When it’s hot out, the heat triggers our thirst mechanism and makes it easier to remember that it’s time to drink some water. We tend to feel less thirsty when it’s cool and that can lead to further dehydration. Acute dehydration can manifest itself in fainting spells, dizziness, fogginess and more. More chronic dehydration, however, can be harder to detect; unless you pay attention to your skin, that is.
Dehydrated skin and dry skin are not the same thing, however, and it’s important to make clear distinctions. Dry skin is a skin type, just like oily, regular, combination, etc. Dry skin is caused by your body not producing enough of the natural oils your skin needs. If you have a dry skin type, this is just your bodies idea of “normal” and you will need to use skincare products or adjust your regimen to make up for this lack of oils. Dry skin can certainly be made worse by dehydration, but they are not the same thing.
Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin cells. This is more common in the winter months, but can happen at any point throughout the year. Because it’s a temporary condition and not your bodies idea of “normal”, it is treatable much more easily. Dehydrated skin is seen as an “inconvenience” by most people, but it can be an indicator of chronic dehydration, which can be detrimental to your overall health.
Not sure if your skin is showing signs of dehydration? Here are a few common signs:
Dehydrated skin and overall chronic dehydration, don’t have to be major issues. As I said before, it’s treated pretty easily. Increase the amount of water you’re drinking. You should be consuming AT LEAST 64 oz of water a day. You’ll notice I said “water”, not “liquid”. Juice, soda, coffee, tea etc all dehydrate you. Water is what your body needs. On top of drinking at least 64 oz, it’s important to eat foods with high water content like watermelon, celery, etc. That’s it! Most cases of this type of chronic dehydration won’t require any medications, but you may want to ask about proper hydration for your individual lifestyle at your next visit.