Many of us aren’t drinking enough water per day. Water is an essential part of the human body – 60% of the adult body is water, and 90% of blood is water. Drinking water has a multitude of benefits for the body, including flushing out toxins, preventing acne, and giving skin and glowing, nourished look and feel.

In other words, water is a miracle drink!

We asked three experts their opinion on whether or not it’s necessary to drink eight glasses of water a day.

Does Drinking Water Hydrate Your Skin?

The hard truth is that there is a lack of research proving that water consumption impacts skin hydration or overall appearance in people who are healthy. The issue is the actual physics behind how water flows throughout our systems; drinking water is necessary for our bodies to run optimally, and to help nutrients reach the skin through proper blood flow, but not necessarily the be-all and end-all we need for dewy skin.

The Benefits of Drinking Water

There is no concrete evidence that drinking water will significantly improve the appearance of your skin, according to Zeichner. He says that the idea that water intake prevents skin dehydration is unproven. There is no data to suggest that not drinking eight glasses of water per day is harmful, though severe dehydration can have negative effects on skin such as reduced elasticity.

There is no conclusive evidence that drinking more water leads to better skin, but some people have reported improvements after increasing their water intake. It’s worth a try, and it’s certainly not going to hurt anything.

What Does Drinking Enough Water Do For Your Skin?

Si consume suficiente agua, las células de todo el cuerpo se hidratan a través de la sangre. La piel, siendo el órgano más grande del cuerpo, también se hidrata, aunque las impurezas y las toxinas sean eliminadas a nivel celular. Según el dermatólogo jefe de SkinKraft, el Dr. Harish Koutam, “La falta de agua es una condición alarmante para su piel. La deshidratación provoca un aumento de la pérdida de agua transepidérmica (TEWL) y daña la barrera cutánea. El daño a la barrera provoca un envejecimiento prematuro y otros problemas de la piel, como una frecuente aparición de acné, una extreme sequedad, etc.”

Here are all the benefits of drinking water for your skin:

Improves Skin Tone

Drinking enough water helps the body to flush out toxins while giving you healthier skin. Studies have revealed that drinking just two cups of water can increase blood flow to the skin which gives it an even tone.

Prevents Premature Aging

Staying hydrated helps the skin retain moisture, which in turn increases elasticity. This means that the skin will sag less and there will be fewer fine lines and wrinkles.

Faster Healing

If you have been out in the sun and got sunburnt, drinking water and applying some aloe vera to sunburnt areas can speed up the healing process.

Reduces Puffiness

The skin swells and looks puffy when it is retaining water to prevent dehydration. Dehydration causes the skin to swell and look puffy. Staying hydrated will reduce the swelling and puffiness in your face.

Prevents Acne

Drinking sufficient amounts of water helps to maintain the balance of oil and water on the surface of your skin, which can prevent your pores from becoming clogged and prevent acne.

More and more adults are experiencing acne due to busy lifestyles and lack of hydration. A study revealed that 4-6 out of 100 adults aged 20-40 have acne.

No More Itchy Skin On The Face

Your skin needs moisture to prevent it from drying out and developing dry flakes or cracks that can itch. Be sure to drink enough water every day to keep your skin hydrated.

Tighter Skin

If you lose weight quickly, your skin may start to sag. To keep your skin tight in areas where sagging is a problem, like the upper arms, thighs, waist, and jawline, drink plenty of water. Water will help your skin’s elasticity.

Maintains Your pH Balance

Drinking water can help improve your skin if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. This is because it can help to balance your body’s pH levels.

Prevents Heat-Related Skin Eruptions

Water helps to keep your body temperature normal. When your body temperature rises due to the weather or physical activity, drinking water helps to prevent heat boils and rashes on your skin.

Promotes Healthy Gut, Meaning Clear Skin

drinking water regularly is beneficial for gut health and proper digestion. It also helps regulate bowel movements and eliminates toxins from the body through urine and feces. When the digestive process is working smoothly and the gut is healthy, the skin will usually be clear and free of problems.

How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Rather than relying heavily on water to boost your complexion, Lolis recommends exerting your efforts topically and atmospherically, incorporating the following habits into your routine regularly to keep your skin hydrated:

  • Use a gentle cleanser as opposed to soap.
  • Steer clear of skin care products that contain alcohol.
  • Avoid exposure to dry air, perhaps using a humidifier.
  • Avoid long, hot showers or washing dishes without gloves, limiting exposure to heavily chlorinated water.
  • Apply a body cream after a shower or a hand cream after washing hands.
  • Incorporate a hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine.

Zeichner says that the best way to hydrate your skin is from the surface with topical moisturizers. “In terms of hydration, topical moisturizers can be much more effective than drinking water,” he explains. Topical moisturizers contain three types of ingredients that work together to hydrate the skin: occlusive, humectants, and emollients. Occlusive ingredients, such as white petrolatum, form a protective seal over the skin. Humectants, such as glycerin, act as a sponge to pull in hydration to the outer skin layers. Emollients, such as natural oils, smooth the rough edges between cells in the outer layer. In other words, a proper moisturizer (or overall routine) will have all three components to help bring in water and keep it locked in.

How Much Water Should We Drink to Stay Hydrated?

The amount of water you should drink each day can be easily calculated by halving your weight in pounds and drinking that amount of water in ounces. So, if you weigh 140 pounds, you would want to drink 70 ounces of water every day.

If you don’t like drinking water, you can also get water from foods. According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the recommendation is 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women.2 “However, these numbers are referring to the overall fluid intake per day and includes anything you ingest containing water, such as fruits and vegetables,” adds Lolis. She also suggests adding fruits or veggies to your water for flavor.

The amount of water you should drink every day, according to experts, is 3.7 liters for men and 2.7 liters for women. This includes beverages like water, juice, and soda, as well as fruits and vegetables with high water content.

New research suggests that you can keep your skin looking supple by drinking certain amounts of water each day. Studies have shown that when men and women increase their water intake, it leads to improvements in their skin’s hydration levels, reduced recurrence of dry and flaky skin, and enhanced elasticity.

If you live in a place with a hot climate or are involved in active sports or heavy physical activity, you need to drink more water than the recommended amount to prevent cramps and fatigue.

What Kind Of Water Is Good For The Skin?

The best water temperature for your skin is lukewarm. This is because it is the gentlest on your skin. Whether you are showering or using post-shower skincare products, lukewarm water is always the best choice.

Healthy water to drink has a pH balance falling between 6.5 and 8.5. Most bottled water has a pH level of 6.5 to 7.5, though some alkaline types are slightly higher. Distilled RO water has a pH level of 5 to 7.

What More Should We Be Doing to Stay Hydrated Within?

Caroline Cederquist, M.D., bariatric physician and author of “The MD Factor Diet,” recommends avoiding processed foods and foods high in saturated fat. “I also suggest getting a nice water bottle and making it a habit of bringing it with you everywhere,” she says.

In terms of diet, Zeichner believes that eating healthy food is key to having glowing skin. He explains that a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids helps to provide the necessary building blocks for healthy skin cells.

Lolis says that glowing skin is not just about what you eat, but also about other factors like exercise, sleep, and skincare. A good way to tell if you’re getting enough water is to check the color of your urine.

The Final Takeaway

Our experts agree that it is important to maintain optimal hydration for the body’s overall health and that this can keep everything functioning properly. They also say that not getting enough water is likely to show in the skin in a bad way. Topical and environmental care are the best way to keep skin hydrated, but drinking extra water can’t hurt.

Water is the best way to prevent premature aging and give yourself plumper, younger-looking skin. Make sure to drink the required amount of water every day, and your skin will look better for it.

 

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