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How Hydration Affects Your Skin

Water is more important than you think

skin hydration

Our bodies are made up of nearly 60% water, which means drinking more of it can help regular functions like digestion, absorption, circulation, and even excretion. In addition, water can also do wonders for our skin. Like any other body part, our skin is an organ that can benefit from water. It’s made up of about 64% of it and without it, it won’t function properly.

When You Don’t Drink Enough

Every day, water is lost through the body in many ways, including urination, sweat, and more, and because it’s lost, it’s our responsibility to replenish it. If we don’t, our skin will become dehydrated and appear dry, tight, and less resilient (which means wrinkles and large pores are much more likely to occur).

Don’t believe us? Think back to a weekend you spent drinking alcohol. (Maybe it a birthday weekend, spring break, or Thanksgiving.) Now think about what your skin looked like two or three days after that weekend. Do you remember it looking dull, dreary, and sallow? That’s because alcohol dehydrates us and your body was lacking a healthy amount of water to make your skin look “alive.”

The Right Amount

We’ve established that water is good for your skin, but how much should you drink per day? Many experts say that eight full glasses of water can help keep your body functioning at its best and keep your skin hydrated and glowing. (Make sure you spread this amount out throughout the day and not all at once, since the body can only intake so much water at one time.) In addition to looking bright and fresh, hydrated skin will also appear more plump and elastic, which will reduce the visibility of lines, wrinkles, and pores. Healthy skin is also less likely to crack and let in dirt and bacteria that can cause blemishes.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much research on the long-term effects water can have on your skin, but if helps in the short-term, why not keep it up? According to an article by Women’s Health, “Ellen Pompeo drinks water for her skin’s sake. Jennifer Aniston says drinking ‘lots of water’ keeps her looking ageless. And Gabrielle Union has been putting away a gallon a day of H2O since her mid-30s.”

Other Ways to Hydrate Your Skin

While drinking plenty of water helps your skin from the inside, it’s still important to keep it hydrated on the outside, too. Try these other ways to hydrate your skin:

  • Apply a hydrating moisturizer to your skin right after a shower.
  • Limit the length of your showers – hot water dries out the skin.
  • Use a skincare product with hyaluronic acid, which works to trap water.
  • Minimize your exposure to elements like low humidity, harsh winds, dry heat, high altitude, sun, and alcohol.