Singing during this dry weather
One of the biggest challenges all singers face is recognizing how dehydrating singing is even in the best of times. Every time we exhale we are losing moisture.
The real danger is the control you can lose and the damage you can cause if the vocal folds (vocal cords) don’t have the right lubrication as they articulate thousands of times during a phrase.
Things you can do to help maintain the needed moisture include:
Keep your body hydrated, drinking a minimum of 1/2 your body weight in ounces every day. If you weigh 160 pounds that means 80 ounces of water.
If you’re physically active playing sports, or whatever you’ll need additional water just to stay even.
If you’re singing, or even doing a lot of speaking you need to anticipate those times by starting to super-hydrate several days before. Drink, drink, drink and make it mostly water or juices, not caffienated drinks.
In addition to keeping your system hydrated there are times to consider some topical moisture in the nose and throat area. This can be accomplished with a Vick’s Personal Steam Inhaler. It’s made by Kaz and sold at Target, Walmart etc ($25-30). The steam inhaler also helps is you’ve over-used the voice a bit. The Entertainer’s Secret is a great, topical moisturizer that will keep the nasal passages, sinuses and upper throat moist even in a dry setting.
The key to keeping your voice moist is to remember that you are a vocal athlete and you need to honor the needs of the physical instrument. If you do, you, your voice and your audience will all be much happier campers.