Why staying hydrated is crucial for your skin
Everyone had heard the saying “drink 2 litres of water a day”. It’s one of those unwritten health rules that very few of us actually follow, but the health benefits of doing so are substantial. In this article, the Abibu London team shed a bit more light onto why staying hydrated with water and fluids is crucial for good skin:
First things first
Drinking water is great. It is flavourless and the easiest fluid to have access to. However, the saying “drink 2 litres of water a day” is wrong – it should actually be “drink 2 litres of fluids a day”. The body benefits from being hydrated, and that hydration doesn’t necessary need to come from water. Of course, that doesn’t mean fill yourself up with cola or energy drinks! But you can mix up your required 2 litres with other fluids, like smoothies, fruit juice or tea. Also if you drink more than 2 litres and still feel thirsty or the need to drink more, then go for it.
Why staying hydrated is important for our skin
The skin is a living organ, and as such, is made up of millions of cells. These skin cells are made up of mostly water, especially the outer layer (epidermis), which often dries out. By staying hydrated, our body replaces water loss with new water, and this includes within our skin cells. This can prevent our skin from drying out and becoming flaky and more prone to wrinkles.
Skin that is hydrated tends to look more plump, supple and vibrant, because our skin cells have more energy to stimulate regeneration and get rid of dead and dull skin.
You may also find skin conditions like acne and itchiness are less aggravated. This is because hydrated skin often leads to less oiliness, as the body doesn’t need to produce protective body oils to emergency shield the skin from outside elements.
Finally, hydrated skin usually means healthier skin, reducing the appearance of aging. It won’t turn back the clock, but your improved complexion and skin elasticity will make you look (and feel!) younger.
Handy tips for drinking water and fluids:
- Keep a spare 500ml reusable bottle with you everywhere you go, and keep it filled up. Set yourself a challenge to fill it up and drink it all 4 times a day.
- Make water interesting by adding dilute/squash flavourings – just be sure you opt for low sugar versions!
- Always drink water before, during and after you workout, to replace all the water your body loses during exercise.
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