As temperatures warm, we tend to put concerns of skin hydration on the backburner. But while the dry skin of winter may be behind us, summer offers skin challenges of its own. Cold weather typically brings lower humidity, which saps moisture from skin. Warm weather, on the other hand, dehydrates skin through heat.
Summer dehydration should be dealt with two ways – from the inside and outside. To hydrate from the inside, drink plenty of fluids. While the old 8, 8-ounce glasses of water a day rule is a good place to start, there are many variables that affect how much water you need – including your size, activity level, the air temperature, and more. Many experts suggest that the color of your urine is a good indicator of whether you’re getting enough water. If urine is dark, more fluids are needed, while a light color indicates ample hydration. (more…)