We all know that water is crucial to our overall health. It improves blood circulation, absorption, digestion (and yes, even excretion). But one of the most noticeable benefits of drinking water is what it can do for your skin. You have probably come across information about water making your complexion more radiant and younger-looking. Then there are the naysayers who see no such evidence in their skin. So who do you listen to?
It’s simple really, and common sense should be applied here. Our skin is the largest organ in the body. It is composed of cells, which are primarily made up of water. These cells, along with all of the other organs in our body must be hydrated to function properly. If you are dehydrated (which unsurprisingly most of the population is), then your overall health and skin truly suffer.
Your skin will show you if you’re not getting enough water. Here are the consequences of dehydrated skin:
-Less Resilience (For example sun damage)
-More Prone to Wrinkles
A study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (2007) stated that drinking 2.25 liters of water daily improved skin density and thickness within just four weeks. This exploratory study confirmed, “Drinking more than 2 L of water per day can have a significant impact on skin physiology.” Another study done by the University of Missouri-Columbia examined that just two cups a day increased blood flow to the skin. Be sure to drink at least 2 liters of water throughout the day. Your body can only absorb so much water per hour, so avoid guzzling water, as you will quickly eliminate most of it without enjoying the benefits.
Unfortunately, you may hear health care professionals question the necessity for drinking water to hydrate the skin. Water is naturally occurring, therefore, it cannot be patented. When a substance cannot be patented, there is not much interest in the healthcare industry to invest funds into a study, because there is no profit to be made.
Hydrating your skin from the inside by drinking at the very minimum 2 liters of water a day, combined with topical moisturizers is the best way to fend of dry aging skin. It improves elasticity, texture, and skin tone, so drink away.
Keep it acne safe. If you are purchasing bottled water, always check the ingredient deck. Some leading brands like Dasani contain salt and potassium iodides.
Lastly, it is imperative to maintain hydrated skin. If your skin is dehydrated, it will become difficult to use some of the products you need to help prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and to kill bacteria.
So, drink up! Get hydrated – then get clear.
I always advise my clients, both anti-aging and acne clients to drink enough water. It is so important and easy to do.