Most people know how crucial water is for their body’s health, but many are unaware of how important water is for the overall health of their skin. Our bodies are composed of 65% water, therefore drinking ample amounts of water is essential for natural body functions, including keeping our skin hydrated.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and its main job is to protect us from harmful external factors. Without proper hydration (doctors recommend 2 liters a day, or eight 8 oz. glasses) this organ cannot perform properly which can make us feel sluggish and unmotivated, and leaves our skin feeling dry. Drinking an excess of water won’t transform our skin, but it is important that we don’t let our skin become dehydrated, as dehydrated skin begins to develop fine lines and wrinkles.
Drinking plenty of water is also one of the best ways to rid the body of toxins; we shed water-soluble toxins thanks to our liver and kidneys. These toxins — anything from cigarette smoke to pollution to the pesticides in our food — can show up on our skin as acne. Reducing your toxin intake and drinking more water will allow the body to flush these toxins.
Unfortunately, you can’t guzzle a gallon of water and see your skin instantly plump. The water will first serve other organs in the body before it makes its way to the surface of your skin.
Drinking water isn’t the only thing you’ll need to do to prevent and treat dehydration — an effective moisturizer and proper skincare routine are other ways to maintain that youthful glow!