Hydration is not only important for people as living creatures whose bodies are made up of more than 50% water, but being properly hydrated every day leads to better body functioning, healthier organs, and beautiful skin (which is technically an organ, too). Drinking enough water and eating foods with adequate water content is therefore important for good health and your appearance!
The water content in our bodies needs to be replenished, and fluids also move things around among our bodily systems. Blood is primarily water, and our bodily fluids deliver the necessary nutrients the cells need, and take toxins and bacterial away. Our heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and other vital organs all require adequate hydration. Drinking enough water also keeps the skin moisturized. Being dehydrated causes symptoms like fatigue, dizziness, low blood pressure, confusion, darker urine, and dry skin. These side affects are just some of the reasons why it’s so important to make sure you stay hydrated.
Some other functions of water in the human body include:
- Joint and cartilage maintenance and repair
- Keeping muscles lubricated and strong
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Reducing cholesterol levels
- Energizing the body and mind
- Contributing to better quality sleep
- Slowing the effects of aging
- Boosting cognition and brain function
- Elevating mood
Now that we know how water helps the body stay healthy, let’s discuss how hydration can help the skin’s appearance and condition.
Dry skin is more noticeable than internal processes because it’s an organ that is at the surface and protects our internal biology. It’s necessary to hydrate the skin from the inside and outside by drinking water and applying the right topical products.
Moisturizing and hydrating the skin:
- Reduces signs of premature aging like wrinkles, lines, and discoloration
- Improves elasticity
- Improves texture and smoothness
- Evens tone
- Helps get rid of toxins and free radicals
- Reduces inflammation
- Fights acne and excess oil
In terms of topical applications, a hydrating cleanser and using a moisturizer both day and night is essential for the skin. Natural products are great choices because they don’t contain any synthetic chemicals or toxins that can end up damaging the skin in the long run.
It’s important to consider the whole body when hydrating, so don’t forget about high quality eye and hand creams plus body lotion – not simply moisturizer for the face. Be sure to cleanse thoroughly first to create a clean base to apply and absorb the product effectively.
Doctors recommend getting about 30 to 50 ounces (1-1.5 litres) of water per day, and it should be spread out throughout morning, afternoon, and evening. Tips to increase water intake include:
- Use a water filter on your faucet or in your fridge for better-tasting water
- Have ice, lemons and limes, and other sugar-free flavorings available
- Purchase a stainless-steel bottle or another reusable container to carry around with you
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that have a good water content
- Drink a cup of water with meals to aid in digestion and to feel more full
- Drink less alcohol which is dehydrating
With a healthy diet and plenty of water, your skin’s appearance will vastly improve, plus you’ll feel good, too!