Does Drinking Lots of Water Prevent Dry Skin?

Posted on April 14, 2012


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It is common sense to know that drinking lots of water each day is good for your health. It helps with bodily functions such as proper digestion, circulation, absorption, and excretion. Some more specific benefits of drinking plenty of water daily are that harmful toxins in your body are more readily flushed and excised out of your body. If the body does not have sufficient water, then metabolic wastes will not be removed as efficiently as they should be. Water also assists in the lubrication of joints and the prevention of muscle cramps by helping maintain proper muscle tone.

However does drinking lots of water help prevent dry skin? Many people do believe that drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated and thus prevents dry skin. One example why people may relate to this may be from their own experiences of a night of excessive alcohol consumption. The next day your skin feels overly dry and dehydrated as lots of water is flushed out with the alcohol via peeing. So there is a connection between dehydration and dry skin. But the fact is, proper water consumption DOES NOT prevent dry skin, unless you are severely dehydrated.

If an individual is not severly dehydrated, the moisture level of one’s skin is not determined by internal factors (how much water is in your body), but by external factors. Some of these external factors are environmental conditions (ie. extreme hot weather), skin cleansing (ie. what kind of facial cleanser do you use), and your oil glands. Water that is consumed via drinking does not reach the epidermis of the skin. Water actually moves through the body system quickly. If your skin is dry, it is most efficient to treat it from the outside via lotions or moisturizers. This helps form a protective layer against water loss from the epidermis. **My recommendation for the best non-greasy facial moisturizer would be the TwinLuxe Soothing Face Balm.

Drinking lots of water daily does help in certain skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. Proper hydration of drinking a minimum of 8 cups of water a day will also help to eliminate sunken eyes and circles under the eyes. Skin plumpness is also sometimes stated as a benefit of drinking water.

So bottomline, there is no harm to drinking plenty of H2O daily. It is better to “over drink” than “under drink” but scientifically, proper water consumption is not directly correlated to the prevention of dry skin.

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