By: Marlene Affeld
Drinking plenty of water daily is crucial to overall good health. Water aids in the elimination of toxins from the body, promotes digestions, is required for healthy blood volume and circulation, and is required for excretion.
That is all very good you say, but what does water have to do with skin health? Well the answer is, just about everything! Drinking an adequate amount of water a day contributes to a healthy, radiant and younger looking complexion.
Our skin is an organ, the largest of the body, and just like any other part of the body. Skin is made up of cells that contain water. Without adequate hydration, none of the organs of the body function at their optimum and the skin surface is one of the first to show the effect of dehydration.
If your skin fails to receive adequate hydration on a daily basis, you likely suffer from tight, dry and flaky skin without resiliency; skin looks old before its time.
As we lose large quantities of each and every day through urination, excretion and perspiration, it is imperative that loss is replaced. To maintain optimum skin health, it is vital that we daily drink one half ounce of water for every pound of body weight.
Unfortunately, much of the water we drink never reaches the skin; it reaches other organs before it reaches the skin. Therefore, it is most important that in order to maintain a youthful and glowing complexion and to halt premature aging, water is applied to the skin and kept there. Doing so will show a visible difference in skin hydration, texture and tone as well as help prevent future wrinkles.
- Drink more water. Consuming at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body of toxins. Medical research studies indicate that persons suffering from acne noted a marked improvement within 10 days of increasing their water intake to recommended levels.
- Apply a skincare product containing hyaluronic acid prior to applying your moisturizer. It’s a fact! Hyaluronic acid retains more than 1,000 times its own weight in water, thereby attracting water to the skin and holding it there.