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Fresh water is #1 on list of tips for dry winter skin care reports Power of Water advocate

Cold weather is dehydrating, says radio host Sharon Kleyne, and the first step for those experiencing dry winter skin should be to drink more fresh water.

Hear the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunesp

Winter is dry skin season. Winter is also, according to Power of Water advocate Sharon Kleyne, the season when numerous articles offering "dry skin care tips for winter" appear.* The tips offered in these articles, according to Kleyne, are by and large excellent. Kleyne cautions, however, that these articles frequently fail to mention the simple act of drinking more water.

Fresh water is 1 on list of tips for dry winter skin care reports Power of Water advocate

* "Winter beauty woes: Common cold weather skin care problems and solutions,", January 2, 2015

Since "dry" and "dehydrated" skin means there has been a loss of water content, re-hydrating the skin and body is the logical starting place, according to Kleyne.

The syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show, hosted by fresh water advocate Sharon Kleyne, is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. The education oriented show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, a global research and technology center founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere and dehydration. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is the Research Center's signature product for dry and dehydrated eyes.

Kleyne will discuss the prevention and care of winter skin dryness on her upcoming Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show of January 12, 2015. For the live show or podcasts of past shows, go to

Winter is dehydrating to skin for a simple reason, according to Kleyne: Cold air can't hold as much humidity (airborne water vapor) as warmer air. Colder air also slows down the evaporation of liquid water near the skin's surface into the air, which is good. However, the skin and eyes obtain a significant amount of their daily water supply through direct absorption from the humidity in the atmosphere. When atmospheric humidity is very low, which it almost always is in cold weather, skin will start to dry out. Human skin should be about 70 percent water.

Wind makes the dehydration worse, Kleyne notes, and also causes chapping. Indoor forced-air heating and cooling, and insulated walls and windows, also make things worse.

When the skin's surface loses a portion of its water content to dehydration, and there is insufficient humidity in the air to replace the lost water, the skin's lower layers will obtain the needed water from the body via the blood. This can lead to physical dehydration and lower the body's resistance to colds, flu and allergies.

For individuals with dry winter skin who are experiencing a chapped face or lips, or dermatitis (eczema), by all means, says Kleyne, apply medications to avoid infection. Kleyne also recommends application of skin "moisturizing" lotions, but with a word of caution. Moisturizing lotions are actually moisture sealers intended to hold in moisture, not add moisture. These products do not do not add water to dry skin.

The products Nature's Tears® EyeMist® and Nature's Mist®/Face of the Water ® , from Kleyne's Bio-Logic Aqua Research, instantly increase the water content of dry winter skin (and eyes). The mist should be applied immediately prior to applying a moisture sealing lotion or skin medication.

Kleyne recommends drinking a minimum of eight 8-ounce glasses (64 ounces) of fresh water each day, in summer or winter, in addition to all other fluid intake. Children under 12 should drink an ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight. (a 50 pound child would drink 25 ounces). Drink two full glasses upon rising. Try to drink the water in full glasses rather than sipping.

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