We all know that drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because of the simple fact that water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Many claims have been made that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever.
The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells are made up of water. Without water, the organs would certainly not function properly or at their best.
But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? Which is true? Does it work or not work?
Well, think of it this way:
If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles as well. But can good old H2O really undo all the effects of so much pore-clogging war-paint and free radicals?
Health Benefits of Drinking Water:
- Keep the Body Fluids Stable: Our body is made up of 64% water
- Keeping Muscles Healthy
- Keep Wrinkles at Bay-Water keeps skin cells hydrated and working fine so drink water to keep wrinkles away
- Water Retention
- Keep the Digestive System Normal
- Helps in Weight Loss
Since skin is our largest organ and our main barrier against the outside environment, we need water to keep that barrier intact. Water is also an important component of a few cutaneous structures required for collagen production, one of the key building blocks of the skin that is lost during the aging process. (Eeekkss!)
To break it down, skin is an organ made up of cells, those cells function way better when they’re thoroughly lubricated, so to speak. More water intake means better cell productivity, which in turn gives you healthier looking skin.
But is it really true that we have to drink a full 8 glasses of water per day?!?- I feel like I’m always running to the bathroom :-0
Actually, according to several doctors I’ve spoken too, there is no specific formula to calculate how much water one should drink each day because everyone’s water needs vary significantly depending on ambient temperature, humidity, altitude, activity level, caffeine intake, along with many other factors. So basically, it’s up to you to know your body!
Whether you want shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body (or all three!), pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir. Along with a good skin regiment such as a good ggentle cleanser, a mild wash or cleansing oil to avoid stripping of the skin’s natural moisture and allowing it to retain its own natural barrier oils. After cleansing oils, hyaluronic acid-based products, and emollient creams are important to boost moisture retention and enhance the natural barrier function of the skin while keeping it hydrated.
Additionally, water helps eliminate toxins from the body and impurities from the body and skin. Thus a well hydrated body/skin will result in a healthy and glowing complexion. Water plays a vital role in digestion, blood circulation, absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins, so hydrate your body and skin well, especially during the hot, summer days!
So drink up my beauty loves!