I’ve heard about it in every Health Ed class during high school. And because I hated the bland taste and constantly opted for more sugary options- I also got the lecture at every doctor’s appointment growing up. That, and celebrities always “swore” their flawless skin was due to this one habit. But no one ever really explained to me how it worked. So did I really believe that drinking tons of water was going to magically make my acne disappear? Nope.
For this reason, I’m going to do all of us a favor and give you the lesson no one ever gave me. But first be aware that depending on your activity level, your body really may only require 6-8 glasses of water per day. And with that said, fruits and veggies count by making up 20% of your intake. So worry not my dear, achieving proper hydration is not all impossible.
What Happens When Your Skin is Hydrated?
- Your pores get filled and look less noticeable (Yay for those of us with large pores!).
- That- and the appearance of wrinkles are minimized while proper hydration comes in to aide elasticity and collagen production. She chugs, she scores (collagen points)!
- Since hydrated skin = a flexible and unimpaired protective barrier- it can protect us from UV rays, bacteria, and toxins.
- … All while fighting rosacea (there is hope out there for those of you with rosacea after all).
- And contrary to what some may believe, hydrated skin is also less oily (No way? Yes way!). This is because dehydrated skin tries to defend itself by sending signals to the sebaceous glands, “We need to produce more oil, help!” So if you’re well hydrated- your skin will be less oily and thereby- less prone to breakouts. BINGO.
- Hydration even helps with digestion by allowing you to have proper bowel movements. Cause in case you didn’t know already- improper digestion causes breakouts and other skin issues.
- Not only that, but hydration helps deliver nutrients to our skin cells as water circulates the lymphatic system and maintains the health of lymph fluid. Delivery of antioxidants? Check. Delivery of vitamins? Check.
- Plus- it increases blood flow to your face for that rosy glow. “Thanks Water!”, “You’re welcome!”
… As opposed to Dehydrated?
- Because the upper layer of the dermis needs a source of water to be smooth and supple, if your skin isn’t properly hydrated, it can’t rid itself of toxins– thereby causing that dull complexion staring back at you in the mirror.
- Plasma is 92% water so keeping hydrated helps blood move freely. Dehydration causes blood to thicken as organs pull water from it, causing blood to pull water from skin cells- creating dry skin that’s less resilient and elastic.
- And, built up dead skin cells (which hydration also combats by the way) leaves your skin even more dry, flaky, and tight.
- So then our cells have to work harder, making us age faster (wrinkles on the loose anyone?).
- Which makes sense seeing as how dehydrated skin causes our natural moisture barrier to wear away, creating irritated and inflamed skin that wants to compensate for what it lacks. If you already suffer from eczema or psoriasis, hydration is especially important – so fill that water bottle up and get drinking gal!
- You must have a steady intake of water throughout the day. Simply chugging it down all at once won’t allow proper absorption (trust me I’ve tried).
- If your urine is consistently a pale yellow- then you’re doing it right. Too clear or too yellow means too much or too little water.
- Sun, cold, heat, wind, and pollution all dry out your skin- calling for more agua!
- Sugar, salt, alcohol and caffeine all dehydrate your body so while you may not have the time to drink H2O in it’s purest form, consume sodium free bone broth, herbal tea, infused water, or matcha instead of coffee.
- Lastly, opt for filtered water rather than plastic bottled water if you can so BPA isn’t leeched into your water.
Now with all of that said, don’t expect change to happen overnight (like I did) but realize that regular consumption of H2O, will simply be beneficial for you in the long run. Comment below on your favorite ways to keep hydrated!
Hasta la vista gal,