Does drinking more water really benefit your skin?

Drinking plenty of water is often thought to boost the skin’s appearance, but opinions differ, and we can feel like we get a lot of mixed messages on how much of an effect water really has.

As our bodies consist of up to 60% water, it’s clearly very important to make sure we remain well hydrated so that enough water is available to carry out its role in supporting many of the body’s functions. These include regulating our temperature, eliminating waste products and aiding digestion. As we naturally lose water throughout the day, obviously we need to replace it.

However, it’s worth noting that drinking excessive amounts of water will simply mean that it’s filtered out by the kidneys.

But what about water’s effect on the skin specifically?

Although it’s often thought that drinking enough water helps to prevent dry skin, in fact, this is more likely to be linked with lower amounts of oil and lipids in the skin membrane, an individual’s skincare routine, less healthy lifestyle choices, and exposure to the environment.

However, when combined with a consistent skincare regime that includes cleansing, toning and moisturising, a balanced diet, regular exercise, enough sleep, and generally healthy lifestyle choices, water is an essential component that plays a significant part in keeping skin healthy and looking good.

It can help reduce inflammation and puffiness, maintain hydration, flush out toxins that may exacerbate acne outbreaks, and improve the circulation to deliver nutrients better. All of which will help maintain the skin’s appearance, promote a clear complexion, and improve elasticity – increasingly important as we get older and start to notice small wrinkles.

If you’re doing all that anyway, but still feel that your skin needs a bit of help, it may be worth contacting an aesthetic practitioner who specialises in facial aesthetics to see how they might be able to help with your specific concerns.

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