You’ve surely heard that water is the most important substance in the entire world. It is vital for all known forms of life, yet it provides no calories or organic nutrients. According to the EPA, water regulates the Earth’s temperature. It’s also involved in important bodily functions. For instance, water regulates your body temperature, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, and flushes wastes out of the body. In fact, the adult human body is made up of over 60% water.
Yet many of us don’t drink enough water to maintain our well-being. The rule of thumb that many of us have grown up hearing is that we should be drinking eight glasses of water a day, eight ounces each, for a total of 64 ounces. According to peer-reviewed medical journals, this is complete rubbish and is an arbitrary number with no basis in science. In reality, the amount of water we should be drinking can vary greatly from person to person. It is based on things such as your metabolism, choice of diet, and activity levels. Therefore, there is no one right answer. Instead, it’s important to pay attention to your own body’s clues and drink when you’re thirsty. If you are exercising or otherwise engaged in an activity that is causing you to sweat, you should increase your intake to help offset the amount you are losing.
But what about drinking water for skin health? There are plenty of claims that drinking water provides for a healthy, radiant complexion. However others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever. So which one is true? Well, it’s certainly true that water helps our organs function properly, and skin is the largest organ in the human body! Aside from the other unpleasant effects of dehydration (tiredness, headaches, and a drop in blood pressure, to name a few), dehydration can affect your skin in a few different ways. Recurring dehydration can lead to dry, flaky, or tight skin. It can decrease your skin’s elasticity and resilience, and be more prone to wrinkling. Instead, drinking water can help flush the bad toxins from our skin, decreasing the likelihood of conditions such as acne.
In other words, it’s in our best interest to hydrate every single day. When we lose water through sweating and breathing, we need to replace it somehow. Unfortunately, it seems that most of the water we drink will reach and further benefit our inner organs better than it does our skin. Therefore, it’s important to apply moisture to our skin and find a way to keep it there. Doing so will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can also help to prevent wrinkles.
Bring on the Moisture
So what can we do in addition to getting enough water each day? First and foremost, apply a hydrating moisturizer to your skin. It’s best to apply your moisturizer within 2 minutes of getting out of the shower, while your skin is still slightly damp. The pores remain open and your skin is more apt to absorb the product. Another option is to use a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to applying your moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid is known for its ability to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, drawing moisture to the skin and locking it in.
So drink up! Keep your reusable bottle with you everywhere you go to ensure you are keeping properly hydrated. And let Barely Blush Skincare help with the rest.