You Need to Moisturize More Than Your Skin to Feel Good
Most of us are conditioned to think that the word “moisturize” pertains only to our skin. This makes sense, since skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it is also the one that takes the greatest beating from weather and other external conditions.
When we think about moisturizing the skin, we typically pay the greatest amount of attention to the face. When other people look at us, this is usually the area they pay the most attention to, and so we are understandably concerned about how our faces appear.
Women, especially, are constantly bombarded by ads telling them how important it is to moisturize their faces. These ads extoll the value of countless products that claim to help users maintain smooth, moist-looking, flawless, and wrinkle-free skin.
One would think that since our bodies are composed of 50% to 65% water, we wouldn’t need moisturizing products, but the truth is that it is not just our faces that need to be moisturized.
Our entire body needs to be hydrated in order to function properly.
Internal Hydration Is Important
Few people realize how important it is to keep their bodies hydrated. This is because we constantly lose fluids through behaviors such as sweating, crying and evaporation.
If we do not replenish our bodily fluids, the consequences can be so serious that they can lead to death!
A good rule of thumb is to drink approximately half an ounce of water for every pound you weigh, every day (though the amount your body needs also depends on other factors, such as your activity level and where you live). So, for example, if you weigh 100 pounds, you should drink approximately 50 ounces of water or other liquids daily.
Most people will tell you to drink water. That’s a good idea because water is sugar, fat, and sodium free.
However, many people don’t like water. If you are one of them, you can substitute any low sodium, sugar and/or fat free liquid instead.
As long as it is liquid, it will hydrate your body.
When you follow these guidelines, you also will be flushing toxins from your system as well as helping your bowels and bladder to function properly.
Since I’m not a person who likes water, I follow the advice of a nurse I met in the emergency room of our local hospital awhile back.
He told me to
- get a large cup that holds at least 32 ounces of liquid,
- place a straw in it,
- carry it with me wherever I go and
- just take small sips during the day.
It’s a simple plan, but it works amazingly well.
I use this one because it is the correct size, light weight, doesn’t need a straw, and is sturdy and unbreakable. If you don‘t like this type of water cup, you can browse through Amazon’s site to see if there is one you like more.
The point is that if you keep water on hand all the time and sip regularly, it is much easy to hydrate your body regularly.
This bottle is the perfect size to carry with you whether to work or when you are out with friends. It holds plenty of liquid, has a carrying strap and is sturdier than many of the others you may see.
Just as you hydrate your insides, you must do the same with the outside.
Each person needs to choose the types and brands of products that work best for them, but when in doubt, consult a Dermatologist.
Just remember that the entire exterior of your body must be hydrated, not just your face and neck.
Skin creams and lotions are formulated for use in specific areas and should be used as directed. No one skin product will work for your entire body.
For example, you would not use a cream on your face that is meant for your hands, because the skin on your hands has a different thickness and texture.
Not everybody needs to use eye drops, but if you suffer from dry eyes, and your doctor says it’s OK, do not use the “get the red out” type of drops because they will cause further dryness. You need the type that lubricate.
I have used both types and can tell you that lubricating drops really make a difference in eye comfort. Because I switched, I now have few if any problems with itching and burning.
Doctors and pharmacists will all tell you that it is important to keep the tissues inside of your nose lubricated.
For most people, an inexpensive saline spray used at least once each day will get the job done.
However, I recently learned through my ENT about a product called AYR, which is a gel saline solution that goes on thick, moisturizes more effectively and also lasts much longer than the spray type.
Nasal tissues are very delicate, so too much nose blowing or “picking” can damage them. Obviously, you should avoid those behaviors, but you should also consider using a product such as AYR regularly, especially
- as you age,
- if you live in a dry climate or
- if you are around smoke regularly.
This product works much better than saline sprays because it lasts longer. It only takes a small amount once or twice per day to keep your nasal tissues healthy.
Hands and Feet
I mentioned earlier that the skin of your hands is different than that of other parts of your body. The same is true of your feet.
Using heavy duty creams and lotions will help to keep the skin of the hands and feet from splitting and becoming infected, but softening with these types of products may not be enough.
Every few days you should soak your hands and feet for about 20 minutes in a “bath” made up of one part Distilled Vinegar to two to three parts very hot water.
Doing this will keep the skin in those areas soft and pliable and will help to eliminate infection .
In fact, if you do this, you’ll find that you will never have problems with thick cuticles again!
Moisturizing and Hydrating Are Important
As you can see, hydrating and lubricating your body can really help you to stay healthy.
Nothing I’ve mentioned here is terribly expensive or difficult to do, and following my advice is something anybody can do.
It may take a bit of time and cost a few dollars, but your overall well-being is worth it!
Did you realize that whole body hydration was so important before reading this article?
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