Maybe you’re wondering what exactly water can help with. So much influences when it comes to getting a perfect skin? A lot! Blogger Jess Walter explains how hydration impact the appearance and health of your skin.

Hydration for Healthy and Supple Skin

Skin is made up of 64% water so it makes sense that staying properly hydrated impacts the look, feel, and health of your skin. You probably already know that if you keep yourself hydrated all the time you will have better focus, higher energy, and improved mood. But how does hydration impact the appearance and health of your skin?

Hydrate from the Inside Out

Everything we put into our bodies affects the health and appearance of our skin. From the food we eat to the air we breathe, our bodies are hard at work processing and eliminating toxins to keep us healthy and well. Drinking adequate water aids our bodies in this process. When we are properly hydrated, our bodies are able to flush toxins more effectively.

The top layer of our skin, the epidermis, will commonly show the first signs outward signs of dehydration. Collagen is a protein that is responsible for elasticity in our skin. Having dry, inflamed skin can impact collagen production and over time, lead to wrinkles and sunken skin. Water must work its way through your digestive system, kidneys, and finally your skin cells to rehydrate your entire body. After water is restored, cracks, wrinkles, and pores are less visible as a result and your skin appears radiant.

How Much Water is Enough? 

It is commonly recommended to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. The best way to accomplish this is to keep water with you all the time: in the car, at your desk, at the gym, and everywhere else you go throughout your day. You can keep it cold and refreshing with your Polar Bottle and have three (or more!) of those eight ounce servings on you at any given time.

Another way to maintain adequate hydration in the skin is to eat foods that are rich in water content. Foods like melon, celery, lettuce, and bell peppers are all examples of water dense foods that can be consumed throughout the day to maintain proper hydration.

Hydrate from the Outside In

Our skin is our body’s first line of defense from the damaging world around us. Sun, wind, and air pollution assault our skin in the normal course of our daily lives. This exposure can be damaging unless we take precautions to prevent it and provide soothing solutions when we can’t avoid it.

There are countless options on the market for creams, lotions, and salves designed to prevent or reverse this damage. Consider quality of ingredients and the recommendation of a dermatologist when choosing one that is right for you. Products that contain coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera are very effective. The absence of alcohol and harsh additives that can actually dry out skin further make plant based all natural products the best choice. To maximize the benefits of these skin care products be sure to lightly pat, rather than vigorously dry, your face following cleansing and quickly apply serums or lotions to seal the moisture into your skin.

Humidify for Healthier Skin

A simple and easy way to improve the look and feel of your skin is to sleep with a humidifier in your room. The added moisture in the air is absorbed through the skin leaving it more hydrated which improves the look and feel of the skin. If a dry or cold climate leaves your skin feeling itchy and looking flaky, a humidifier may be the answer.

Skin needs proper hydration to look and feel its best. Keeping a water bottle handy, using quality skin care products, eating water dense foods, and using a humidifier will ensure that your skin maintains the moisture needed for a healthy glow.