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How many times have we been told that drinking plenty of water is the secret to clear, glowing skin? Millions of times!
We hear it from dermatologists, doctors, and even celebrities. But is it actually true? Or is it something we're told and we like to believe simply because it seems like an easy route to head-to-toe dewiness.
To give you the final verdict, we did some digging to figure out if H20 really contributes to better skin health, or if it's nothing more than a widespread myth.
Since the skin is 64 percent water, you would expect that hydrating it through water consumption would only enhance hydration. The trouble is, there's not much research to back up the belief that drinking water helps hydrate the skin.
Drinking water every day is vital for overall health and to help nutrients reach the skin through proper blood flow, but it may not be the so-called elixir for dewy, radiant skin.
"The truth is that when you drink water, it doesn't automatically go to the skin—it hydrates cells once absorbed into the bloodstream and filtered by the kidneys," says dermatologist Margarita Lolis. "So, at the cellular level, drinking water is great as it flushes the system and hydrates our bodies overall."
Conversely, some dermatologists believe that drinking an adequate amount of water every day can make a big difference in skin health.
"Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent," says New York dermatologist Rachel Nazarian.
She notes that many of her patients tend to complain of more breakouts when they're dehydrated.
"We know that small changes in diet can affect the type of oil and sebum that your skin makes, which we know, in turn, can be associated with an increase in acne formation," explains Nazarian. "Dehydration may work the same way to trigger these changes in the oil glands in the skin."
Drinking enough water is important to keep the body functioning optimally. It helps flush out toxins, boost your hydration levels, and keep your cells thriving. But what exactly can it do for your skin?
According to dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, there's not enough research to support the idea that drinking water will benefit your skin, but there's also no data to prove that drinking fewer than eight glasses of water per day is detrimental to your health.
Research shows that skin might lose some elasticity, but only in extreme cases of dehydration.
On the other hand, many people have reported clear skin, less visible fine lines, and fewer blemishes after increasing their water intake.
At the end of the day, it definitely can't hurt to drink lots of water.
Instead of guzzling down a load of water at once, experts recommend giving your skin and body a steady flow of water to maintain proper hydration.
Every day, aim for eight to 10 cups of water, and spread them out throughout the day. Drinking too much at once won't do much, since your body can only absorb a limited amount of water each hour.
If you're averse to drinking water, you can also hydrate through water-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Alternatively, infuse a water bottle with fruits and veggies like lemon or cucumber for a hint of flavor without resorting to sugar-loaded flavored drinks. Keep a bottle at your desk so you're always reminded to drink up and keep hydration levels high.
Personally, we recommend hydrating your skin from the inside and out. In addition to drinking plenty of water every day, incorporate these skincare products into your routine to achieve a clear, radiant complexion.
Boost skin hydration with this all-over rosewater mist.
It's made with antioxidant-rich rosewater to maintain the skin's pH balance, improve skin tone, reduce discoloration, and prompt a healthy skin barrier. Aloe vera and vitamin C lend their soothing, hydrating, and brightening effects.
It's a quick fix for dry skin, and can even ease irritation associated with eczema and psoriasis.
Hydrating, brightening, and resurfacing, this carefully crafted formula is a daily skincare staple for radiant skin. It's made with a nourishing blend of hemp, glycolic acid, vitamin A, and caffeine to revive dull, dry skin any time it's needed.
Thanks to glycolic acid's exfoliating abilities, this formula can help remove dead skin cells an stimulate new collagen growth and improve skin elasticity. It is highly effective for treating fine lines, pimples, dullness, and uneven texture.
This anti-aging formula relies on the skin-firming powers of plant-based collagen, the resurfacing rectitude of retinol, and hydrating abilities of coconut oil to smooth, plump, and rejuvenate skin. It also contains a dash of vitamin C for glow-inducing effects.
No ingredient does hydration quite like hyaluronic acid. It's a powerhouse skin hydrator that can transform dry, dehydrated skin into pure, dewy perfection.
Our Cream Skin Face Moisturizer features hyaluronic acid and sea kelp for the most intense hydration your skin will ever have witnessed.
While hyaluronic acid makes your skin cells bind and absorb water, sea kelp extract helps your skin retain moisture, while protecting it from external aggressors and daily pollution.
While opinions are divided when it comes to the benefits of drinking water for the skin, experts agree that maintaining proper hydration is fundamental for your overall health. And, while there may be limited research, it's clear that drinking water can improve the overall appearance of your skin while warding off blemishes, dryness, and dullness.
The best way to keep your skin hydrated is through topical TLC. However, drinking an extra glass or two of water may keep your complexion clear, smooth, and glowing.
If you see a difference in your skin when drinking more water, continue drinking up. It definitely can't hurt!