Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) January 05, 2016
Early winter is the season when articles on preventing winter dry skin begin appearing in the news media. It is also the season when water and health advocate Sharon Kleyne discusses skin health and winter dry skin prevention on her radio show, The Sharon Kleyne Hour® Power of Water®. Her conclusion for 2016: Most of the articles are excellent, as always, but almost none include drinking eight glasses of water a day as the most effective dry skin avoidance strategy.
Kleyne was intrigued this year by an article discussing the differences between men’s skin and women’s skin and the resulting differences in skin care approaches (“Keep Your Skin Healthy During Dry Winter Months,” Times-Leader, January 4, 2016
Kleyne will discuss skin care and dry winter skin prevention, both indoors and outdoors and for females and males, on the Sharon Kleyne Reports™ segment of the Sharon Kleyne Hour® Power of Water® radio show for Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. For the live show or a podcast, go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com. The globally syndicated, education oriented radio show is heard weekly on VoiceAmerica (Health and Wellness, and Variety Channels) and Apple iTunes.
The show is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, founded by Kleyne and specializing in fresh water, the atmosphere, body surface evaporation and dehydration. The Research Center’s signature product for dry skin is Nature’s Mist® Face of the Water®.
Cold winter air is more dehydrating (or drying) to skin than warm summer air for a simple reason, according to Kleyne: Cold air can’t hold as much humidity (airborne water vapor) as warm air. This is important because skin and eyes obtain a significant amount of their daily water supply through direct absorption from the atmosphere. When atmospheric humidity is low, which it almost always is in cold weather (even if it’s raining), skin will start to lose water content. Healthy human skin is about 70 percent water.
Wind worsens the dehydration factor, Kleyne notes, and also causes chapping. Indoor forced-air heating, and insulated walls and windows are also dehydrating. Forced air heating tends to be very dry unless the heater contains a humidifier. Avoid sitting near a heating vent, Kleyne advises, and keep room air moist with a humidifier, house plants or bowls of water.
When the skin’s surface loses a portion of its water content to evaporation, Kleyne has discovered, and there is insufficient humidity in the air to replace the lost water through direct absorption, the skin will obtain water from the body via the blood. This drain on the blood’s water content can lead to body dehydration, lowering resistance to colds, flu and allergies.
Kleyne recommends the application of skin “moisturizing” lotions for dry skin but cautions that these products are actually moisture sealers. Their purpose is to prevent skin from losing water content and they do not add water to dry skin.
The Times Leader article noted that the average pH (acid-alkaline balance) of men’s skin is slightly lower than the average for women. This makes men’s skin slightly more sensitive to dehydrating alkaline bar soaps. The average pH for both genders, Kleyne notes, is 5.5 to 6.5, which is slightly acidic. Men also tend to avoid moisture sealers and lotions and to scrub too vigorously when bathing.
For men and women, Kleyne recommends using only extremely mild liquid soap on the face, applied very sparingly with the fingertips. She does not recommend bar soap on any part of the body but especially the face. Avoid scrubbing and pat skin dry. Frequent bathing also helps keep skin moist.
The product Nature’s Mist® Face of the Water ®, from Kleyne’s Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, instantly increases the water content of dry winter skin. The mist should be applied before and after washing or bathing, and 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, 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. Drink two full glasses upon rising and try to drink the rest of the water in full glasses rather than sipping.
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