How Drinking Water Benefits Your Skin
How Much Water Does Your Body Need?
Water is the most critical element in life. Humans are made up of 60% water. It is a crucial and necessary aspect of our cells, tissues, and organs in order for our body to function properly. Humans can go upwards of 30 days without food and still survive, whereas water is required within about a week to avoid becoming fatal. This varies greatly depending upon your size and activity level, but the fact of the matter is that water is an essential part of life and supports healthy bodily functions. Without an adequate daily water intake, your body and skin could be in harm's way.
What Happens If You Do Not Get Enough Water?
Each day, depending on your activity and body size, you lose a large quantity of fluid from your body through your skin, lungs, digestive tract and kidneys. If you do not replenish it your body and skin can face harmful consequences. Minor dehydration may first make itself known by a feeling of fatigue, long before actual thirst becomes noticable. Lack of water leads to dehydration and severe dehydration can result in shock, coma, or even death.
A less severe level of dehydration still has negative effects on your body. Your skin will lose elasticity, blood flow to tissues will be reduced, and cells will be deprived of essential nutrients and oxygen. This can cause early signs of aging, blemishes, dry skin, or redness.
How Drinking Water Helps Your Skin
Not everyone agrees that increasing your water intake will provide you with healthier skin. However, the truth is that your skin is the largest organ in your body and every organ needs water to properly function. Without water your skin can quickly dry out and become flaky. Water is essential to maintain the optimum skin moisture. Dehydrated skin can look or feel dry, and dry skin can lead to increased appearance of wrinkles. When your skin becomes dry it also becomes less flexible. Performing repetitive motions, such as smiling and squinting, with skin that is constantly dry encourages the development of lines and creases.
Having adequate water supplied to your skin can make your skin more radiant, plumper, and even disguise signs of aging. While water is essential to life and to your organs, cells, and tissues it won't technically get rid of the signs of aging, rather it is put to use in your skin's structure so it gives the appearance of more youthful looking skin.
Plump and hydrated skin can also reduce irritations, rashes, and redness. Water is essential to the barrier function of your epidermal cells. Hydrated skin is more elastic and well moisturized, reducing the chances of external particles such as bacteria or contaminants becoming trapped in your pores causing blemishes, infection and irritation.
Supplying water to your skin from the inside out can also have a positive effect on your water to oil ratios at the surface of your skin. When the imbalance of this ratio leans in favor of more oil, your skin has a higher chance of clogged pores causing breakouts.
Simple Tips to Ensure You Meet Your Water Goals
As water is lost in large amounts each day, depending on size, activity level, environment, medications and health conditions, you need to replace it one way or another. Sometimes, drinking your daily dosage of water does not come as instinctively as it does for others. There are plenty of ways you can be proactive in drinking water!
Set yourself reminders.
Setting a reminder for every couple of hours may seem like a nuisance, however, it could be the difference between healthy radiant skin (among other amazing benefits water boasts) and dry, dehydrated skin. You do not need to chug 16 oz. every half an hour since your body can only absorb so much at once before you end up disposing of it. Set a reminder for about every two hours to drink a small 6-8 oz. glass of water and you will be well on your way to radiant, smooth skin.
Ask your friends to get involved.Everything is always easier with support from friends and family. Make a game out of it, or just have them yell at you as a reminder! Whichever approach you take, your friends and family will both appreciate the benefits that they may be missing out on by drinking water together. An additional, friendly way to get more water is through foods with high water content such as salads, soups and fresh fruits and vegetables. Share some watermelon with your pals!
Get a water bottle.
It may seem a little sillier but having a nice water bottle can actually make it a lot easier to get your drinks in per day. Usually water bottles have measurement lines on them, so not only will you always have a readily available bottle to fill up, it can help you keep track of how much you have consumed in a day.