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Hydration, Hydration, Hydration! Does Drinking Water Clear Your Skin?

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Doctors always recommend water consumption, but does drinking water clear your skin? Our bodies are 60% water, so paying attention to how much water we drink can solve many skin and health problems. Here is a list of the most common skin issues that are prevented or treated with 5-8 glasses of water per day.

Contents

1. How does drinking water clear your skin?
2. Skin problems you can prevent with water
3. Alternative solutions
4. Conclusion

1. How does drinking water clear your skin?

Since 60% of our bodies are water, we must keep the water level balanced at all times. Practicing sports, walking through cold or hot weather are all sweating activities that dehydrate the body and the skin, respectively. And while applying moisturizing lotion will help the skin on the outside, consuming water will help the skin from the inside.

Dry skin is usually associated with skin eruptions, itchiness, and redness. Drinking the right amount of water per day will prevent the skin and the internal organs from getting extremely dehydrated. Moreover, drinking water helps you eliminate all the toxins you accumulate throughout the day and thus, prevent pimples and acne.

Doctors recommend between 5 and 8 glasses of water per day for women and around 8 and 10 for men. However, the correct water intake is determined based on a person’s age, weight, and height, so the correct way to do it would be to get a medical expert’s advice. Another question that we usually have about water intake is related to the other liquids we consume within a day, such as coffee, juice, etc. Are they to be included in the daily water intake or should they be taken separately? Dermatologists consider that coffee, tea, and juice can affect the pH level of the skin. Consequently, it is best to consider the said 5-8 glasses of water independent from other liquids you may be consuming.

2. Skin problems you can prevent with water

Many of our skin problems can be easily prevented and treated by simply drinking more water. Even if your skin requires more expensive and specialized treatment, we can assure you that keeping your body hydrated will have nothing but benefits for your skin.

2.1. Acne

Pimples usually appear when there is a breach in the skin’s protective layer. This allows bacteria to enter and the pores to get clogged and infected; what pimples actually are. Drinking a sufficient amount of water daily will strengthen the skin’s protective layer and help prevent acne and clogged pores.

2.2. Premature aging

If you are using hydrating creams to erase wrinkles and other signs of aging, you probably know by now that the most important ingredient in these products is water. However, simply applying it on the outside won’t make any difference if we let our bodies get dry on the inside.

2.3. Puffiness

There are many reasons why our face is sometimes puffy and swollen, but this usually occurs when we consume too much salt or alcohol. However, it can also happen if we don’t drink enough water. The blood vessels get dilated to retain water, resulting in puffy skin. Drinking water will tell the blood vessels that there is nothing to worry about. Moreover, you will eliminate the unwanted salt or alcohol faster.

2.4. Increase elasticity

When cells get raisin dry, the skin can no longer stretch. This is why it is important to keep your water and pH levels balanced at all times. By plumping up your cells with water, the skin will become more elastic and tighten.

3. Alternative solutions

Some people simply don’t like consuming water, so here is what you can do to stay hydrated if you’re one of them. Although, it should be highlighted that you cannot, by any means, obtain the same results. 

3.1. Eat hydrating vegetables. Cucumbers, zucchinis, and cabbage are highly rich in water, so eating them (in large amounts) can offer you some of the benefits of drinking water.

3.2. Keep a humidifier at hand. If the air in the room you usually stay in is dry, it will be very hard to keep your skin hydrated, regardless of the amounts of water you drink. It is recommended to add a humidifier to keep the skin moist at all times.

3.3. Add frozen fruits to water. If you don’t like water because it tastes like… nothing, then adding frozen fruits might help. In addition to tasting better, the fruits will also help hydrate the body.

3.4. Get a mineral water spray. Mineral water is just as good on the outside as it is on the inside. Washing or spraying your face once or twice a day with mineral water will help tighten skin cells.

4. Conclusion

Water is one of the most valuable resources for our skin because 2/3 of our bodies are water. By simply consuming the right amount of water we make sure our bodies eliminate chemicals and toxins. Moreover, the cells rejuvenate if they are constantly hydrated. 

Using gentle face washes (to prevent skin dehydration) and water and glycerin-based moisturizers can also help keep the water within the cells. Air humidifiers and mineral water sprays are also good alternatives to keep the skin hydrated.

Nora Simion

My two secret passions are hair styling and dogs. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to mix the two together and get my dog a cute looking hairstyle. Other times, I usually braid my hair or my friends' hair in an attempt to mimic the most recent Tik Tok trends. I love the no-makeup or the bed head look and I live for the relaxed, all bio fashion trends.

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