How much water do you drink in a day?  Not tea, coffee, juice or other fluids, just pure, natural water?
Some side-effects of inadequate water intake are dull and dry skin, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, headaches and constipation.
We’ve all heard the “drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day” health advice, but how does this affect your skin?
Did you know that by the time you feel thirsty your body is already experiencing dehydration?
Water makes up two-thirds of the human body and 85% of the brain, and is essential for all our organs to operate efficiently, including, of course, the skin.

The Importance of Hydration for Your Skin
As mentioned in my previous blog Why Use Natural Skin Care, the skin is the largest organ in our bodies and is extremely important when it comes to detoxification processes.
Skin that is adequately hydrated will appear plump and maintain flexibility – one University of Missouri – Columbia Study showed that adequate hydration immediately increases blood flow to the skin.
Keeping your skin properly hydrated can help:

  • Reduce signs of ageing – keeping your body well hydrated can help maintain your skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  •  Improve the overall appearance of your skin – lack of hydration can make your skin appear dull, tight and dry.   When skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.
  • Help combat acne and breakouts – Adequate hydration helps decrease the concentration of oil by balancing the water to oil ratio on the surface of the skin and combating the build-up of dead skin cells.
  •  Help with detoxification processes – Drinking water helps the body to detoxify. It flushes toxins through the skin via perspiration, as well as using the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and digestive system.

These are just a few reasons why you should add “drink more water” to your daily skin care regime.  One study in The International Journal of Cosmetic Science states that “…drinking more than 2 L of water per day can have a significant impact on skin physiology”.
Remember to space your intake out throughout the day, as your body can only absorb so much water in an hour, and any excess will be excreted.