It is advisable to drink the required amount of water daily to improve your overall health, since water helps in digestion, absorption, circulation, and excretion. In addition, there are claims that drinking clean water gives you healthy, radiant, and younger-looking complexion. But how much water is needed to impact your skin?
The skin is like any other organ in your body, in that it is made of cells: cells that are primarily made up of water. Without enough water, it is unlikely that your organs will function optimally.
How Does Dehydration Affect Your Skin?
There are certain instances when your skin does not get sufficient water. This could be due to reduced water intake or over consumption of alcohol or caffeine, causing your other organs to pull water from your blood. As your blood thickens due to water deficiency, it in turn pulls water from the skin cells, causing your skin to look dry, tight, and flaky, and your eyes darker and sunken. When your pores are dehydrated, they are at higher risk of getting bumps, acne, and even blackheads.
Dry skin is less resilient and elastic, making it more likely to get wrinkles. Over time, this state can age you faster. However, if you are not feeling thirsty, it is unlikely that you have reached the point of dehydration that thickens your blood and affects your skin.
Importance of Regular Hydration
When you drink water, it will reach all your other organs before the skin. This is why it is recommended that you drink a lot of water: 2.2 liters for women and 3 liters for men – spread throughout the day. Drinking more water allows you to expand the moisture potential of your skin, which affects your pores. The pores of hydrated skin are flexible, allowing them to stretch and secrete natural oils. This makes the skin less likely to crack and let in foreign particles that cause irritations.
How Soon Will I See the Benefits of Drinking Water to Help Skin?
If you start drinking a lot of water today, you should not expect to see changes overnight, but a couple of weeks of drinking sufficient water should be enough to see how hydration helps your skin. It is also important to note that proper hydration simply makes your skin look plumper, minimizing the signs of aging. Technically, the wrinkles on your skin will still be there, but not very visible.
Lastly, hydrating your skin by drinking plenty of water should be complemented with topical hydration techniques, like the application of moisturizers. Hydrating your skin both internally and externally is critical for a healthy, beautiful skin.
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