3 unexpected signs that you (and your skin) are dehydrated
It doesn’t always come in the form of a dry mouth or headache. Find out the mysterious ways of dehydration to arm yourself against it!
Did you know that when we drink water, our skin is the last organ in our bodies to receive hydration? Drinking water barely even ranks in the top priorities of most people, and even when we are fortunate enough to remember to fill up our cups, our skin struggles to get a look-in at the benefits. This can leave our skin dry, tight and itchy. Elsewhere in our systems, dehydration can provoke a whole host of undesirable side-effects such as fatigue and dizziness.
Dehydration can manifest itself in many ways you might not expect. Keep scrolling to uncover the curious signs that you’re not drinking enough water to safeguard you and your skin against its undesirable consequences.
1. You can’t shake off bad breath
If whiffy breath is lingering, it could be because you’re not swigging enough water. When our bodies are dehydrated, it clings onto the water it has, reducing the amount we salivate. The problem: saliva has antibacterial properties in it, so when our mouths don’t produce enough, bacteria overgrowth can manifest, triggering the unfavorable pong.
Top tip: Before committing to a chewing gum spree, try drinking a few cups of water and seeing if it’s dulled the whiff a couple of hours later.
2. You’re always hungry for sugar
Dehydration frequently masquerades as hunger – particularly for foods high in sugar. Organs and nutrients that use water can struggle to release glycogens and other energy stores into your body when you’re dehydrated, meaning that you get food cravings – especially for sugar as a quick energy fix – instead.
Top tip: Hold off on the sugary snacks and opt for a glass of water. Not only could your breath thank you, but also your liver – you’ll be giving it much less sugar to process!
3. You’re not sweating
Great, right? Well, not so much – perspiration is our body’s natural way of regulating our temperature, so if you’re not guzzling enough water during the hot summer season or during a workout, you could risk overheating. It’s cut from the same cloth as bad breath: our body conserves as much water as possible when we’re dehydrated, triggering us to stop sweating.
Top tip: Always stash a water bottle in your bag, even when you don’t think you’ll need it. You’ll soon get into the habit of carrying a water bottle wherever you go, including on a summer day out and to the gym. Bye bye dehydration!
What’s the best way to keep skin hydrated?
Alongside aiming to guzzle down 8-10 cups of water a day, it is crucial to treat your skin with a hydrating product to compensate for the water it loses to other organs, such as Biotherm’s Aquasource Gel – charged with a winning moisturizing combination of Life Plankton™ (a micro-organism that moisturizers and regenerates the skin) and Mannose, it keeps skin at its just-applied hydrated maximum for 7 hours.
Stay one step ahead of dehydration by baring these symptoms in mind. Think twice next time before reacting like usual and reach for a glass of water instead!