Summer Heat, Low Humidity Dehydrating to Skin Warns Water Researcher
Water and Health Researcher Sharon Kleyne's Tips on Preventing Summer Water Loss by Skin
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Summer is the season for skin and eye dehydration warns water and health researcher and educator Sharon Kleyne. With a few precautions, however, dry skin - and dry eyes - caused by summer heat, sun and.low humidity can be prevented. With summer weather arriving early this year, Kleyne recently released a list of "tips" to avoid summer skin dehydration and water loss.
Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a research, technology and product development center, and the world's only company specializing in fresh water, health and the atmosphere. Natures Tears® EyeMist® is the. Research Center's global signature product for dry eyes, and Nature's Mist® Face of the Water® is their humidifying product for dry skin.
The globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, host by Kleyne, is heard on the VoiceAmerica Variety and Health and Wellness Channels, and on Apple iTunes.
Summer weather is dehydrating to skin for several reasons, according to Kleyne. One reason is that warmer air temperatures increase the pressure on water in the skin and eyes, to evaporate and enter the atmosphere.
Increased water evaporation causes skin and eyes to become dehydrated. Skin is 70-percent water and the surface of each eye is 98-percent water, Kleyne explains. When skin and eyes lose water content to evaporation, the lost water is replaced by water from the body.
Even warm air that is very humid can be dehydrating, Kleyne notes. When the body becomes overheated, the mechanism for cooling is to produce perspiration, which then evaporates, lowering the temperature of the skin surface. When perspiration is unable to evaporate due to high humidity, the body produces more and more perspiration until it runs out of water or salt. This can result in severe body dehydration and heat stroke.
Theoretically, according to Klyene, colder air should be even more dehydrating than warmer air because the colder the air temperature, the less water vapor (or humidity) the air is capable of holding. In winter, however, people tend to dress warmly, perspire less and spend less time in the sun.
Kleyne notes that indoor forced air heating and cooling, and insulated walls and windows, are also dehydrating. Polluted air is dehydrating regardless of the temperature or humidity.
Tips to avoid summer skin and eye dehydration, according to Kleyne, begin with drinking sufficient water. Kleyne recommends a minimum of eight glasses a day, summer or winter. Water intake should be increase before, during and after heavy perspiration. Juice, soda, tea, lemonade, watermelon, apples, spinach and oranges are excellent warm weather foods but do not count as part of the eight glasses. Avoid coffee and alcohol which are dehydrating.
Kleyne recommends avoiding direct sun exposure because sunburn is dehydrating to skin. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing. Avoid midday sun in hot weather, especially in dry or polluted areas. Wear sunglasses. And be aware that sunburn can lead to malignant melanoma, a potentially fatal ski cancer.
Skin lotion can help the skin retain moisture but does not add moisture, Kleyne notes.
If you begin to feel weak, nauseated, dizzy, short of breath, very hot, clammy, or very thirsty, Kleyne warns, get out of the sun, rest and drink water or an electrolyte drink until you feel better.
Take frequent baths and showers to rehydrate skin and eyes, says Kleyne.
Summer or winter, Kleyne suggests, crack a window in the bedroom and bathroom to let in fresh air from the outside. Be aware of the indoor humidity, which should be 40 to 60-percent. Bowls of water, house plants, baffles on heating or cooling vents, and room humidifiers can help.
Kleyne's final recommendation: Apply a humidifying mist of 100% fresh water to skin or eyes using a personal portable hand held humidifying device, whenever high risk situations for dehydration arise or when skin or eyes begin feeling uncomfortable. Nature's Mist® Face of the Water® or Nature's Tears® EyeMist® from Kleyne's Bio-Logic Aqua Research, are intended for precisely this purpose.