Want a simple and free way to improve the health and glow of your skin? Try drinking more H2O. Here's why drinking more water is good for your skin, and some ideas on how to get into the habit.
Why drinking more water is good for your skin
First off, we all know water is one of the healthiest substances on the planet. We use it daily for skin care when we wash; we use is daily for improved health when we keep ourselves clean; and we use it daily for life itself when we drink.
We need water to survive, but there are many additional benefits to drinking more than just what it takes to keep relatively hydrated. Drinking more water will help provide you with more energy and better ability to concentrate, aid in weight loss by reducing hunger and raising your metabolism, helps flush out toxins through urine and sweat, boosts your immune system, helps prevent cramps, sprains, and headaches, and saves you money because it's generally free or cheaper than alternatives.
But we're not here to talk about all those benefits. You want to know about how increasing your water intake can improve your skin. Let's take a look!
Before we dive in, a note: There are very few scientific studies on this subject. Part of the reason behind this is that studies are generally paid by a company that is looking to sell a patented product. Water cannot be patented, so there are few financial reasons why anyone might sponsor a scientific study. So these benefits are "claims" and not "facts." Most of these benefits can be reasonably supported by a basic understanding of the human body, but again, there simply aren't many large-scale, peer-reviewed studies on the specific subject benefits of water on skin. So with that caveat, here we go!
BENEFITS OF DRINKING MORE WATER FOR SKIN
Water certainly isn't a cure for acne, but by drinking more water you will experience some benefits in fighting acne and breakouts. H2O is the base for all of the fluids in your body; many of these fluids help you to flush out toxins, bacteria, and other waste. When you're not properly hydrated, your skin can get "backed up" and cause breakouts. More hydration means better functioning fluids.
More "Plump" Skin
Water hydrates and fills in the skin cells, which gives a fuller, less wrinkled appearance. Think of dehydrated fruit: Shriveled, wrinkly, dull colors. Healthy, fresh fruit: Robust, smooth, vibrant colors. The same benefits apply to your skin. Pores and wrinkles get filled in and smooth out as your skin hydrates.
When well-hydrated, your skin stays plump and elastic, which means it is that much less likely to crack and form blemishes that allow in irritation-causing external particles.
Better Cell Productivity
Our bodies need water to process and carry all the nutrients in the food we eat to our cells. By drinking more water, you are enabling your system to maximize efficiency. This results in better cell productivity. When the cells on the surface of your skin are fully hydrated and working properly, your skin shows this in a lovely shine resulting from replenished skin tissue, improved elasticity, and overall healthier-looking skin.
You can state these benefits of drinking more water for your skin in other ways, such as: improves dry, tight, or flaky skin; improves your skin's resilience; lessens wrinkles; enhances complexion; replenishes skin tissue; combats psoriasis and eczema; flushes out toxins; etc. These are basically all just different ways of saying the same thing.
Now you know the benefits of proper hydration for your skin. Next, let's look at ways to get drinking more water!
10 ways to get you drinking more water
1. Infuse with flavor
Sometimes water can be a little... meh. Plain. Boring. Squeeze in a fresh lemon, lime, or orange to infuse with natural citrus flavor that will give your water a bit of zest. If your palette requires a touch of sweetness, try these natural fruit-and-Stevia-sweetened drops.
2. Get a filter for your tap
Knowing that you're getting clean, lovely, healthy, filtered water right out of your tap is a huge plus. It makes drinking water just that much easier.
Here are a few top-reviewed tap filtration systems, each are simple to install:
- PUR 3-Stage Advanced Faucet Water Filter
- PUR FM-2000B Classic Faucet Water Filter
- Additional filters for PUR Faucet Water Filters
- Brita Faucet Water Filter System
- Additional filters for Brita Water Filter System
3. Get a filtered jug for your fridge
I don't know about you, but I love cold water. At the temperature it comes from the tap, meh, it's all right. But a jug in the fridge is my jam.
4. Carbonate your water
Do you love sparkling water? Club soda, selzer water, La Croix, fizzy water? Whatever name or brand you like, it all boils down to carbonation. If the bubbles help you drink more water, it might be worthwhile to spring for a SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker, a home carbonation system. Let those fizzies help you hydrate!
5. Keep a jar, jug, or bottle nearby
Bring a lidded mason jar with a straw to work, or get a YETI tumbler custom engraved with your name so you never lose it while keeping your water ice-cold. Or use a simple old-fashioned cup, mug, glass, or water bottle. Whatever your preferred drinking vessel, keep it close throughout the day as you work, play, relax, exercise, and socialize.
6. Order water at the restaurant
Not only will you save some cash, you'll also feel full more quickly and eat less, all while helping towards your goal of shiny-smooth skin.
7. Eat well-hydrated foods
Try snacking on celery, cucumbers, and melons, or a light broth-based soup. Many fruits are also healthy and hydrating. Here is a brief list of water-rich foods, ranked by water content:
- Cucumbers (96% water)
- Iceberg lettuce (96%)
- Celery (95%)
- Watermelon (92%)
- Green peppers (92%)
- Strawberries (92%)
- Spinach (92%)
- Cantaloupe (90%)
- Pineapple (87%)
- Oranges (87%)
- Raspberries (87%)
8. Drink a glass of water after every bathroom break
This is a simple and memorable tip with a built-in reminder to ensure that you stay hydrated until your next visit.
9. Use an app
There are plenty of free Android and iPhone apps that will help you track your water intake throughout the day. Here are three solid ones:
- Water Drink Reminder (Google Play)
- Hydro Coach (Google Play)
- Aquaalert (Google Play)
- Aquaalert (iTunes
- Waterlogged (iTunes)
10. Use 1:1 ratio when drinking alcohol
The 1:1 ratio means that whenever you drink alcohol, for every adult beverage you drink, drink one full glass of water. This helps keep you hydrated, lessens the negative effects of the alcohol, helps you drink less alcohol overall, and of course is also less expensive.
Now get drinking!
So there you have it - the ways in which drinking more water is good for your skin, plus ten great tips on how to get on with it. Enjoy your delicious H2O, and just as much may you enjoy your beautiful, healthy skin!