The Benefits of Drinking Water For Your Skin

What is the easiest beauty secret for clear skin? It might just be water.

Many recent studies in dermatology confirm that the most significant factor in skincare does not only depend on the cosmetics that we apply (which, of course, do make a difference) but also largely on our diet and hydration. When I was a kid, no one talked about “being hydrated”. If you were thirsty, you drank out of a garden hose, but things have changed. Our diets today are largely filled with over-salted, processed, and sugar-filled ingredients, all of which can wreak havoc on your skin. Let’s look at what foods we should avoid and which to add to our diet, and take a serious look at the benefits of drinking water for skin.

How Does Water Affect the Health of Our Skin?

Our body is roughly 70 percent water, and one of the first places that we see the effects of not being properly hydrated is in our digestive system. It controls the health of many of our systems, including and reflected in our skin — our body’s largest organ.

That’s why drinking water is good for your skin and undoubtedly the easiest and most efficient way of preventing the signs of aging, maintaining smooth, healthy, and glowing skin, and keeping us energized.

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Free Radicals and Hydration

Water helps us eliminate the toxins in our body that are stored up daily through contact with pollutants, tobacco smoke, environmental stress, and other sources of free radical formation. Free radicals are the principal cause of skin diseases and premature aging. Let’s look at what we can add to our diet to help us fight free radicals:

1. Number one, is looking for color. Any vegetables rich in antioxidants will be brightly or deeply colored purples, greens, oranges, and reds. Good examples are broccoli, red bell peppers, oranges, and grapes. You might have also noticed that all of these vitamin-rich vegetables are also full of water! Eating your veggies as raw as possible helps you keep vitamins and water preserved for your skin and digestive system. We suggest adding a big salad to your lunch every day if you can, to add water, antioxidants, and vitamins.

2. Avoid alcohol and excess sugars. Sugar can come in the form of actual candy or granulated sugar but is also in every bread, grain, fruit, and other carbohydrates that you eat. Limiting sugar helps give your body a chance to have a better balance, allowing vegetables to hydrate, feed and nourish the body. The latest medical studies also show that sugar is the greatest contributor to inflammation in the body (which can lead to things like Alzheimer’s and other diseases), but inflammation also leads to acne and skin problems.

How Much Water Should I Drink Every Day?

Normally it’s recommended that a person drink at least a liter and a half of water, although many dermatologists recommend increasing the dose to two or three daily liters. Water allows vitamins and nutrients to easily flow through the body and helps your organs distribute vitamins E, C, and B12, which help maintain smooth and younger-looking skin considering the fact that water and skin health are so inextricably linked.

If you are prone to acne or have allergies, the benefits of drinking water for your skin and general wellbeing need to be taken advantage of even more. Drinking water is good for your skin and gives it a more youthful appearance and also eliminates all of the elements which cause the appearance of acne. Acne is formed by the accumulation of bacteria, oil, dead skin, and dirt on the skin. Even for those with oily skin and problems with acne, water is needed to wash away both internal and external impurities.

It’s also important to drink and recuperate lost fluid after exercising or sunbathing. Don’t forget that water loss is expected from heat and exercise.

Our Skin & Beauty Tip

One of the benefits of drinking water for your skin first thing in the morning is that it can help you reduce morning puffiness or inflammation. Many health experts add that squeezing a little lemon juice, or adding half a teaspoon of raw apple cider vinegar into the water, also may help cleanse the body of toxins. Either way, starting your day with water, especially before coffee, might be a great tip to try for clear skin.

Hydrating skin care products by Ayr Skin Care: hand cream, night cream, and moisturizing face cream.

Skin Care Products and Hydration

As you can see, there’s an obvious and important link between water and skin health and although we have talked mostly about ingesting water, applying skincare products with hydration benefits is also important. Ayr Skin Care uses a unique combination of eight humectants in our Pure Moisture Cream and Restore Night Cream, that creates plant-based hydration that lasts 72 hours, even after washing your face. We also add humectants like vegetable propanediol, glycerin, cogon grass, and aloe to our other products, and add ingredients that help the skin absorb these hydrators deep into the skin to keep it moist. Younger-looking skin is yours, with hydration.

Who would have thought that water would end up being one of the most relevant beauty secrets in the new millennium?

Bye for now!

Kirsten xx

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