Hydration & Skin

We see the word “hydration” quite often when it comes to maintaining proper skin care routines and overall health. “Hydration” is defined as the ‘the process of causing something to absorb water’. So, hydrating our bodies simply means consuming water.

The human body consists of 70 percent water. This water gets lost through urine, sweat, skin health and use by the body’s organs to regulate temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, etc. So,  it only makes sense that our bodies require continuous hydration to properly function and create soft, glowing skin.

The easiest way to hydrate is by drinking water. If you’re not a fan of drinking water, you can eat your way to hydration. The below fruits and vegetables have a high water content:

  • Celery
  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

Some professionals recommend that drinking 64oz of water each day. But, every body is different and you may not need 64oz each day. When it comes to eating your water intake, it may be a little difficult to provide an exact amount of fruits and vegetables to eat. To get you in the ball park…your water intake should be high enough where your urinate every 2-4 hours and it is light to clear in color every. [It may be best to consult your physician to determine the quantity that is best for you.]

Improper hydration or dehydration negatively impacts both your health and physical appearance. The most important organs will use the available water to function and the remaining organs and bodily processes will suffer.: Skin will become tight, cracked and dull in appearance; hair will be dry and brittle; eyes will be sunken in; and, dark circles may appear. Note: Dry, hot climates and excessive sweating can also dehydrate skin.

To keep a fresh appearance, it is important to be properly hydrated. Consume water daily and be mindful of how much water you lose so that you can maintain the proper balance.

 

Additional Info: There is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin lacks water and dry skin tends to lack oil. Find body care products that have create the right balance for your skin. Remeber, your skin is unique and what works for one person (even a family member) may not work for you. Be comfortable trying different products.

SOURCES:

https://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/everydaylife/jamestown-water-fs.html

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/quest-for-hydration#2

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/hydrated-skin/faq-20058067

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256


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