Weather can dehydrate skin in any season or climate, not just winter, reports fresh water advocate

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Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® host and Bio-Logic Aqua® Research founder will discuss how skin can become dry in winter or summer on her February 23 radio show.

Winter is sometimes called “dry skin” season. Cold winter air can’t hold as much humidity as warm summer air which can cause skin to lose water content and become dehydrated. According to fresh water advocate and radio host Sharon Kleyne, people concerned about skin hydration should be aware that under some circumstances, warm air can also dry out the skin and even humid air can sometimes be dehydrating.    

Kleyne will discuss the seasonal moisture requirements of human skin on her upcoming Sharon Kleyne Hour™ Power of Water® radio show of February 23, 2015. For the live broadcast, or podcasts of past shows, go to http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour.

The syndicated radio show, hosted by 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 Mist® Face of the Water® is the Research Center’s signature product for dry and dehydrated skin and eyes.

Skin not only can lose water when air is cold or dry, Kleyne notes, it can also absorb water directly from atmosphere when the air is warmer and more humid. The skin’s ability to acquire and retain water is based on several internal and external variables. These include genetics, skin type, body hydration, activity level, temperature, atmospheric humidity and air pollution levels.

The ideal weather in which skin absorbs humidity from the air, says Kleyne, is mid-range temperatures (60 to 80 F) and mid-range relative humidity levels (40 to 70 percent). Kleyne cautions that no two people’s skin or bodies react in exactly the same way. Also, no matter what the external conditions, drinking at least eight glasses of fresh water a day is essential.

Winter is dry skin season, Kleyne notes, because cold air can’t hold as much humidity or water vapor as warmer air. When the air’s water vapor content is low, there is less for the skin to absorb. Also, the skin’s pores tend to close in cold weather, making humidity absorption more difficult.

We also spend more time indoors in winter, Kleyne adds, and indoor forced air heating and cooling, and insulated walls and windows can also be dehydrating. So can wind – especially cold wind.

Warm summer air can hold more water vapor, according got Kleyne, than winter air. However, warm air can be just as dehydrating because the extra humidity is offset by the fact that warmer temperatures speed up molecular activity in water. Thus, the tendency of liquid water in the skin to evaporate is greatly increased. Hot dry air is especially dehydrating.

Even hot and humid air can be dehydrating, Kleyne cautions, because it can interfere with the body’s cooling system. In hot weather, the body cools itself by perspiring. As the perspiration evaporates, the skin is cooled. In humid weather, perspiration can’t evaporate so there is no cooling, making the skin perspires even more. Although perspiration does not obtain water from the skin, excessive perspiration can quickly dehydrate the body’s interior. One source of quick water for a dehydrated body is the skin’s lower moisture reservoirs.

Polluted air containing fly ash or carbon particulates can be dehydrating, says Kleyne, because these substances are desiccants that attract water molecules, including water molecules in the skin.

Kleyne’s skin hydration advice: Know your skin, wear sunscreen in summer to avoid dehydration from direct solar radiation and sunburn, be aware of the indoor humidity in winter and drink eight glasses of water a day, including two full glasses upon rising. Drinking the glasses all at once is preferable to sipping, Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugared drinks. Children 12 and under should drink half their body weight in ounces per day (a 50 pound child would drink 25 ounces of water).

Kleyne also recommends skin and eye moisture supplementation using a personal hand held device that create an envelope of clean, absorbent mist around the face and eyes. The products Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, and Natures Mist® skin moisture, from Kleyne’s Bio-Logic Aqua® Research, are fresh water skin humidifying devices for eyes and skin.

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