Water and Your Skin

June 12, 2018

Water and Your Skin

We have all heard it time and time again. “Drink more water,” make sure you “get plenty of water” but is it really the holy grail of unlocking the fountain of youth? Does consuming copious amounts of water leave you radiant and glowing? One question leads to another.

Water in and of itself is miraculous. Water plays a vital role in overall health and aids in digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion. It’s a requirement of life and without it, we are sunk. With that said, the age-old question remains, does drinking more water give you better skin? The answer to that question is two-fold.

Here is what we mean, your skin, being the organ that it is requires water just like any of your other organs. If your skin does not get enough water it will let you know by turning dry, tight, flaky and the worst of all wrinkly.

The reason why we need to make sure that we are getting enough water on a daily basis is that we are losing it at the same time. It needs to be replaced. Water makes its way to other organs first before it ever reaches the skin. To be proactive about replacing moisture and hydration it’s important to apply water to our skin and make sure it stays there. A great way to do this is to apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. This is prime absorption time for your skin.

While one cannot definitively say that drinking more water will give you better skin it is safe to say that it definitely plays a vital role in the process. The healthier you are as a whole, the healthier your skin is plain and simple. Here are a few ways to incorporate more water into your daily routine.

Drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning– When you do this you get things “moving,” as well replacing any water you may have lost while you were sleeping.

Eat your water– This one is as easy as it sounds. Focus on eating more veggies that have a high-water content. Some of highest water content veggies include lettuce which is a whopping 96% water, cucumber which is 94% water, tomatoes are 93%, broccoli 92% and carrots and watermelon at 90%. With these stats, you will want to eat the rainbow.

Sound the alarm– Set an alarm to beep or to notify you every hour on the hour and drink up, this will keep you consistent.

Don’t be afraid to add some flavor– If water isn’t your thing try squeezing a bit of lemon or lime into it for an added boost.

Shoot for getting eight glasses of water a day and if you are new to the whole water consumption game take it slow. Chances are you are already doing better than you were yesterday. Look at drinking more water as a lifestyle change and not just a goal. Adjust your mindset, give it some time and reap the results.

References:

Good to Know. 2017. The benefits of water: Do you know how much water to drink every day? Published December 3, 2017. http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/180475/Why-water-is-so-good-for-you

UW Health. 2016. The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin. Published November 9, 2016. https://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334




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