When the surrounding air humidity drops below 70%, skin moisture loss increases. The result can be dry skin, eyes and mouth (all signs that the body’s hydration system is out of balance). Skin dehydration shrinks blood capillaries making the skin appear dull, thin and pale.
Internal water is vitally important for the body to regulate, maintain and repair its various systems. Most water on earth is alkaline, and before the body sends water to the integument (skin), the body acidifies it because skin must maintain its acidity to protect against bacteria flora, which prefer alkaline environments.
Unfortunately, skin can lose water by “sensible perspiration” through sweat, or “insensible perspiration” through transepidermal water loss or “TEWL”. An external water source can be highly beneficial in restoring lost moisture to the skin. The shortest pathway from the skin’s surface into the dermis is through the hair follicle and sweat glands (pores). To enter, moisture must (a) be applied as a fine mist and (b) have a slightly acidic pH balance to penetrate the stratum corneum’s acid-mantle protection barrier.