You may or may not already know that we are one of the latest beauty salons to grace the streets of Shoreditch in London, so suffice to say we know a little about dehydration when it comes to the skin. However, we thought that due to our recent hot weather it would benefit everyone to hear a little more about just how serious dehydration is.
It affects a lot more than the skin, put it that way! In the summer months, if you don’t take the necessary precautions, you could end up with a lot worse than a touch of sunburn and some skin in need of moisturizer! Dehydration can be life threatening if you don’t watch out and treat it correctly, so here are a few tips just in case, remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
How do you know if you’re dehydrated?
Symptoms of dehydration include:
– If you’re thirsty, you’re getting dehydrated
– If your urine is significantly darker in color and you are going to the toilet less
– Feeling tired
What to do
– Rehydrating. The first thing you need to do is rehydrate. Drink water and electrolyte solutions and drinks like Lucozade (not the fizzy type)
– Seek medical help. You need to seek the help of a medical professional if you experience any of the following:
* If you have failed to urinate for over 8 hours
* You feel dizziness and/or extreme lethargy
* You experience a rapid heartbeat
Rehydrating isn’t always easy if the reason for your dehydration in the first place is diarrhoea. This can cause you to lose lots of fluids. You will need to take something like Imodium to stop the diarrhoea first. Another alternative that will also help with the rehydration process is dioralyte. Both are available over the counter, but make sure you read the instructions. Remember that you may need medical help to get to the cause of the diarrhoea in the first place. If there is no marked improvement in 36 hours you should go to your GP.
We hope that you stay happy and healthy this summer, and that the information we have provided helps.