Does your skin need a drink?
So because our internal organs depend on it, they essentially get first takings on water in our system. If we are not adequately hydrated, our skin is the first place our body draws water from. And also the last place it replenishes it to. Being hydrated is therefore one of the simplest and foundational ways to give you a clear and radiant complexion.
Hydrating our skin needs to start from the inside and reinforced from the outside. It can be a matter of simply intaking adequate water, or ensuring we are consuming essential fatty acids (or both!). For the purposes of this article, we’re covering water intake.
If we are not providing our skin with enough hydration, our skin will become dry, dull, tight and prone to premature aging. Dehydrated skin is also prone to bacterial accumulation, loses thickness and offers less protection. It loses its integrity, attributing to premature aging.
Hydration keeps skin is soft, plump and elastic. Hydrated skin is able to perform its functions and heal faster.
Feeling moody? Have low concentration and headaches? Puffy eyes? This can also be a sign you are not drinking enough water.
So how much do we need? Well, that depends on several factors like your size, activity throughout the day, where you live, whether you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, whether you’re male or female. For these reasons there seems to be no strict rule around it, aside from ‘drink plenty of water’.
A simple calculation is:
Your body weight (kg) x 0.033 = how many litres of water to drink. e.g. 65 x 0.033 = 2.145L
This will provide you a base amount to be guided by. You will need to add to this if you have undertaken any activity, or had a condition that may deplete your water sources, e.g. sweating, had a tummy bug, consumed alcohol.
The best ways to hydrate your skin are to drink water (filtered if possible). Coconut water is also a great option in the warmer months (but make sure you opt for natural varieties and not ones with added sugar or flavours).
Eat hydrating foods. Fruits are high in water. Vegetables such as celery, cucumber, tomatoes, and lettuce are also great. And the best thing about upping your intake of fruits and vegetables is that you are getting the added benefit of amazing nutrients to go with!
Apply a hydrating moisturiser, serum and/or oil within minutes of leaving the shower or bath. Your pores are open and products will be absorbed better, plus lock in some of that moisture already on your skin.
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