OK, so we all know we need to be drinking enough water for our health but also our skin. Drinking enough water benefits the whole body in so many ways from flushing out toxins, to helping prevent breakouts and giving the gift of glow to the skin. When we’re hydrated, everything works better: we can think clearly and our cells function optimally. It’s not surprising that our hydration levels have such a powerful effect on us, given that our bodies are comprised of up to 60% water and your blood is around 90% water making this simple drink a skin and health life saver.
What does drinking enough water do for your skin?
Drinking enough water allows the cells in your whole body to get hydration through the blood. For the skin, which is the largest organ in your body, the impurities and toxins will get flushed out at a cellular level whilst also ensuring skin hydration for more healthy, plumped, youthful looking skin.
How much water do we need to drink?
Drinking excessive amounts of water can be harmful leading to over-hydration also known as hyponatremia. According to the experts the recommendations of water intake for a male is 3.7 litres and for a female is 2.7 which includes any water from all forms of beverages. Of course, if you live in a hot climate or you take part in heavy physical activities which means that you sweat a lot then you will need increase these amounts accordingly.
Drinking plenty of water is obviously the best way to stay hydrated, I know we are given the guideline of 8 glasses, but its still confusing! Divide your weight in kilograms by 30 to find out how much you need to drink per day. For instance, if you weigh 70kg, you’ll need roughly 2.3 litres of water a day.
The benefits of drinking enough water
The best ways to get water hydration to your skin
Aside from drinking water and applying water based serums and tonics to the skin to seal in moisture and prevent the skin from drying out you can also try some of these tips to help you drink enough throughout the day and get the best out of it.
Ideally spread your drinking across the day, don’t wait to feel thirsty and gulp down gallons, your body wont be able to use it fully and will pee most of it out.
Alcoholic drinks, even though they are fluid will also dry out your body. Stagger your alcohol with a water drink in-between,
Water with a pH balance of between 6.5 – 8.5 is the healthiest to drink. UK tap water is usually between 6.5 – 9.5. PH 7 is neutral, anything below is considered acidic , anything above is more alkaline. Tap water in the US varies but can be on the more acidic side of 4.3 – 5.3.
I have seen with my global clients a difference is skin sensitivity and breakouts when they move locations around the world, living in areas where water is more acidic or hard and it having a definite correlation on their complexion.
There is also a correlation with how hard or soft the water is and how that impacts the skin externally. The primary effect of hard water is skin dryness. The minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron dry out your skin by clogging the pores. … Hard water reacts with soap to form salts, which doesn’t wash off from your skin easily. In addition to making your skin dry, hard water also leads to acne and skin blemishes. The solution to this is fitting a water softener for the bathing water and also use a filter for drinking water.
Water is key to life, health and happy skin.