During the cold, dry, winter months, we tend to drink less water than what the body needs. In the summertime, it’s easy to stay hydrated because the heat makes us thirsty and perspire. There’s a misconception that we don’t perspire as such in the winter but that simply isn’t true. Thirst is often a late indication that we’re dehydrated. The body needs just as much water in the winter to function properly, stay alert, and keep the skin moisturized. Our bodies are made of 70% water so it’s necessary to nurture your body with it. When you don’t drink enough, symptoms like headaches and dry coughs occur. Where skin is concerned, this may also include chapped lips, dry, tight skin, and even acne because the skin is busy fighting for hydration, and in turn over-produces oil that causes breakouts.
As the outdoor temperature begins to drop and the indoor air becomes dryer, keeping the skin hydrated is essential for eczema suffers. An estimated 15 to 20 percent of the population has some form of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. People with this condition experience flare-ups of itchy, dry and inflamed skin which can thicken to become red and scaly. The skin's barrier also becomes compromised making it sensitive to irritants and allergens and exposure to such irritants may exacerbate eczema. A well hydrated and moisturized skin will make life more comfortable.