Drinking water is an important (and easy!) way to help the skin’s appearance. Science tells us that drinking water hydrates cells and flushes out toxins, so it makes perfect sense that if you’re dehydrated, your skin will be affected. Your skin, like virtually all cells in your body, is mostly made up of water. It needs moisture to expand, and you want skin that looks plump and healthy. When skin can’t expand, wrinkles and flakes can appear.
Your skin needs moisture from the outside–that is, skin care products–but also it also needs water from the inside. You’ve probably noticed that chlorinated and hot water can adversely affect your skin from the outside–a long hot shower, a swim in a chlorinated pool, or even bath water that’s highly chlorinated. But coming from the inside, water can make a big difference on your complexion.
It’s a bit surprising that there have been several studies and experts claiming water is not really beneficial to your skin, or that more water really isn’t necessarily better. It seems counter-inituative to what most of us have experienced. Good advice is almost always “everything in moderation” and that’s true with water, too. You don’t need to drink gallons and gallons of water every day to see the benefits that water has on your skin. Most doctors and skin aestheticians recommend 8 glasses a day, and that’s a good rule of thumb to follow. So is paying attention to your body–if you’re thirsty, have a glass of water!
Without enough water, your skin can become dehydrated and look dry, tight and flaky. Well-hydrated skin looks radiant, plump and smooth. If you continue to be dehydrated, that can lead to the appearance of wrinkles and dull skin tone, no matter your age or if you have naturally dry skin.
It’s pretty intuitive that water has many benefits for your skin and overall health. Drinking enough water helps with circulation, digestion, and flushing out toxins–this means you’re in better health–and that will be reflected in the appearance and tone of your skin. If you’re dehydrated so severely that your body’s absorption is affected, you’re not getting the nutrients that you need from food. Likewise, if you’re taking a supplement such as biotin to help the health of your skin, hair and nails, without enough water, it won’t be thoroughly and efficiently absorbed.
Have you ever–for whatever reason– reduced how much water you drink? Or maybe you’ve been on a long flight, and haven’t replenished your body with water? Have you increased your salt intake? If you drink too much caffeine or alcohol, or live in a hot and dry climate, it’s pretty apparent that when you don’t hydrate your skin, it loses radiance, firmness and softness. If you don’t drink an adequate amount of water, you’ll definitely see the effects. Fine lines and wrinkles show up, and your skin loses its radiant quality. You lose the glow that your skin once had; you might see more redness or blotchiness, dark circles under your eyes and just general signs of aging.
Dehydration can also cause breakouts–your body isn’t getting rid of the toxins like it should. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so a lack of water is certainly going to have a negative effect on it.
And expanding the moisture potential of your skin is linked directly to your pores. If your skin is dry and dehydrated, the pores are firmer and less flexible. Hydrated skin has more pliable pores–they can stretch and release naturally secreted oils. And then you have a better chance of avoiding bumps, acne, or blackheads. So the more pliable your pores are, the more able your skin is to get rid of the substances that can harm your skin–free radicals, dirt, oil and other toxins–what needs to be secreted. And then once those substances are released, your skin will contract again, meaning you’ll have tighter pores.
So water is really a kind of “magic bullet” for your skin. Make sure you get enough. You don’t have to drink it 24/7, but if you stay hydrated, you’ll stay healthier–with healthier looking skin.