Hydration keeps skin looking youthful. Making sure you are drinking enough water every day contributes to good health. Water helps your body do everything from digesting the food you eat to eliminating waste and toxins. Water is also one of the best anti-aging treatments available and helps keep your skin looking healthy, youthful, and bright.
What Happens to Your Skin If You Don’t Drink Enough Water?
Water hydrates your skin cells and helps to give them their shape. So when you’re not drinking enough water, your skin can become dry, flaky, and dull. Not drinking enough water also reduces the skin’s ability to stretch and retract, which makes it more likely that you will develop wrinkles, fine lines, and creases.
How Much Water Should You Drink Every Day?
The most common rule of thumb is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, although some individuals may require more to stay hydrated and keep the body’s systems, cells, and skin in good repair. Activity increases water loss through sweat, so if you’re active, you may want to up your water intake. If getting enough water into your diet has proven problematic in the past, one way to increase how much you drink is to use a water bottle with the number of ounces measured on it. Add in fruit for a new flavor. While some beverages made with water like coffee, tea, and soda may temporarily quench your thirst, they can also dehydrate you quickly because they contain caffeine. Regularly drinking caffeinated beverages can cause your skin to look dull and flat.
Other Ways to Hydrate the Skin
In addition to increasing your water intake, you can also hydrate your skin with moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a compound found in the body that attracts water to the cells of the body (and skin!) and gives them their shape. Since hyaluronic acid plays a critical role in hydrating the skin, it is a component of many anti-aging and skin care products. It is also found in dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm. These fillers attract water to the cells of the skin and tissues of the face, filling in wrinkles, creases, acne scars, and worry lines to give you a more youthful appearance.
Do you want to learn more about caring for your skin, reducing the signs of aging, or more about Juvederm or Restylane? Call Innovations Medical today at 214-643-8665.