Hydrate Your Way to Healthy Skin
Did you know that your skin contains 64 per cent water! Here’s exploring the benefits of drinking water for the skin as well as the way to achieve optimal skin health.
Have you ever explored the wonders of the water in you! Water plays a crucial role in the composition of our bodies. Our brain and heart are made up of 73 per cent water, our lungs are about 83 per cent water, and our skin contains 64 per cent water. Also, our muscles and kidneys consist of 79 per cent, and even our bones are made up of 31 per cent water. (Source: Mitchell, HH, Hamilton, TS, Steggerda, FR, and Bean, HW, 1945, The chemical composition of the adult human body and its bearing on the biochemistry of growth: Journal of Biological Chemistry, v. 158, issue 3)
The International Journal of Cosmetic Science's study in 2007 examined the impacts of long-term water consumption on skin health. The study revealed that skin density and thickness changed when individuals drank 2.25 litre (9.5 cups) of water each day for four weeks. Another research conducted at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that drinking approximately 500 ml of water (equivalent to two cups) increased blood flow to the skin.
Water can be likened to a magical wand as it aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and rids the body and skin of toxins. Hence the importance of drinking water for overall health cannot be overstated. We often don’t realise that drinking enough water plays a significant role in improving skin’s health and appearance.
What does water do to skin?
Drinking water helps in maintaining skin health as it flushes out toxins from the body, which can cause inflammation, manifest in the skin as redness, puffiness, or breakouts. It upholds skin elasticity, prevents dryness and flakiness and leaves you with a healthy complexion and hydrated skin. However, low intake of water makes the dehydrated skin prone to fine lines and wrinkles, as well as an uneven skin tone.
As a solution, drinking enough water can help your body produce more collagen, which can improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen, which is essential for skin elasticity, is made up of amino acids that are found in water.
However, be aware as this is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The amount of water that should be consumed each day depends on your body size, activity level, and several other factors. As a general rule of thumb goes: drink at least eight glasses of water per day. But for those exercising or living in a hot climate, you may need more.
Is water all you need for good skin?
Let’s burst this myth right here, as it is also important to consult a dermatologist regularly to achieve optimal skin health. A customised skin care routine is also necessary to achieve optimal skin health, and a dermatologist can assess your skin type and recommend one tailored to specific concerns. This also helps in understanding products suitable for skin type and the correct way to use and apply them.
Also, there would be instances where there is an underlying skin condition that is affecting its health and appearance. These conditions could be related to eczema, psoriasis, or acne, and medical consultation would only help in proper diagnosis and a treatment plan to manage these effectively and aesthetically.
Hence, water is not the only cure for all skin concerns. While it can help improve skin’s health and appearance, it also works best in combination with regular guidance and expert consultation. So, if you are experiencing persistent skin issues, do not rely solely on drinking water. Create a combined approach and give yourself a healthy, radiant-looking skin that you will be proud to show off.
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