The Truth about Water and Your Skin

7 Aug

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Your mother and grandmother probably told you to drink at least eight eight-ounce glasses of water every day to stay healthy or improve your skins appearance. The question is, were they right? Do you need to consume 64 ounces of water every single day of your life? To better answer that question, let’s look at the body and in particular the skin.

Skin

It covers your entire body and is the one barrier between sensitive organs and the rest of the world. Most people take skin for granted, until something goes wrong such as acne, wrinkles, rosacea, eczema or other skin problem develops. You may not know this but your skin is actually an organ, the largest one in (or on) the human body. Just like your many other organs your skin is made up of cells and require adequate blood flow and nutrients to be healthy. A big part of keeping your skin healthy is staying properly hydrated.

Skin and Water:

  • Skin cells are made up of mostly water

  • Dehydrated skin can become dry, itchy and prone to flaking

  • Severely dry skin can turn to eczema

  • Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles

  • Skin contains 64% water

Importance of Water

The human body is approximately 60% water and without it, we could not survive. Inside the body, water has many important jobs including the transportation of toxins out of your system. Generally, men require about 3 liters of water per day while women require 2.2 liters. When you do the conversions that comes out to a little over 74 ounces per day for women and 101 for men, a bit more than the standard 8-eight ounce glasses that are recommended.

One reason for the difference in recommendations may be the fact that you get at least a portion of the recommended daily water intake from the food you eat. Depending on your diet, you can get approximately 25% of the water you need from food. Leaving you with about a 64-ounce deficit.

Forcing the Issue

Now that you know the truth behind the figures, should you be forcing yourself to drink copious amounts of water each day? According to experts, no, because an otherwise healthy individual will get plenty of water from their daily diet and fluid intake (even if you are drinking caffeinated beverages). Generally, you are free to let thirst be your guide. If you are thirsty, then by all means drink a glass of water but you do not have to force yourself to chug glass after glass in order to be healthy.

Healthy Skin

If you are still concerned about the appearance of your skin, experts suggest a regular moisturizing regimen. Applying a good moisturizer, especially after you shower helps to trap water in the skin and prevent dryness. Do you use organic skin care pads or other natural products? Natural skin care will help prevent acne, wrinkles and even eczema if used correctly.

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