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The Importance of Hydration for Your Skin

Have you ever gone too long without hydrating and felt the stress on your body? The human body requires adequate hydration to carry out essential functions necessary for survival. Most people can only live approximately three days without any H2O at all. This makes sense when you consider that the human body is composed of up to 60% water. Beyond flushing waste out of your body and helping your vital organs function properly, hydrating also helps nourish your skin (which is, in fact, the largest organ of your body). If you want to fight off wrinkles and give your outer layer a healthy glow, don’t allow yourself to get dehydrated. Here are four ways drinking more H2O can help your skin look its best.

 

1. Improve Elasticity

 Elasticity is what helps your skin fight gravity and stay youthful. The more elastic your skin is, the less prone it is to sagging and wrinkles. Unfortunately, as you grow older, your skin naturally slows down its production of collagen, which is one of the primary contributors to skin elasticity. Since water is one of the key components of collagen, it’s important to drink enough each day if you want to maintain a youthful appearance. Applying quality moisturizing skincare products every day can also help your skin snap back in a healthy way.

 

2. Flush Toxins

 Did you know your body is exposed to massive amounts of toxins on a daily basis? One of the biggest culprits is also the most difficult to avoid: air. Whether you’re indoors or out, the air is full of pollutants that can negatively affect your health and assist in the production of free radicals in the body.

Free radicals are molecules that have an unpaired valence electron and are not charged. They go about their short lives scavenging for electrons they can steal from cells. As they pillage electrons, they cause damage to DNA, cells, and proteins. They also cause the skin to age prematurely. Fortunately, the body already has flushing systems in place to clean house and kick the free radicals out. Water is an important part of the body’s internal cleansing systems, so drink an extra glass or two and help your body cleanse itself from the inside out.

 

3. Achieve a Radiant Glow

 Have you ever walked down a dry dirt road with noticeable cracks and fissures throughout? The human face tends to develop a similar appearance when it’s deprived of moisture for too long. Dry skin often looks papery, dull and wrinkly, while hydrated skin usually has a radiant, healthy glow. Don’t expect results to happen overnight, though. You should plan on consuming eight glasses or more of water each day for at least a couple of weeks before you’ll notice an obvious difference.

 

4. Reduce Oil Production

If you have oily skin, your first reaction might be to stay away from moisturizing products. You may even think you need to hydrate less so your skin dries out a little. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. For some people, insufficient hydration can trigger the body to create even more oil to make up for the dryness. When you drink the right amount for your body type and weight, you may see your skin become less oily over time. Drinking more water can help your body regulate its own production of oil in a healthier manner.

 

Improve Your Skin Today

 In addition to getting proper hydration, you can further improve the way your skin looks by receiving cosmetic treatments as needed. To learn more about safe and effective skincare treatments, contact Windsor Dermatology today at 609-443-4500 or request your appointment online.