The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin

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The Benefits of Drinking Water for Your Skin

Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion.

But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? Claims have been made that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever.

Which is true?

The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. Your skin is made up of cells and skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.

If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there — this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles as well.

So, what is the best way to add water to the skin?

• Apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and is vulnerable to products that are applied following the bath or shower, allowing better absorption.

• Apply a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid holds 1000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.

• Drink more water. Drinking at least 2 litres a day for women or 2.5 litres for men will help rid the body and skin of toxins.

Not everyone will agree that water consumption will improve skin…but it certainly can’t hurt. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results. Nothing will happen overnight, but even a good couple of weeks of increasing water intake should be enough for you to see how hydration affects your own skin.

NB Drinking very large amounts of water in one go should be avoided as your body may struggle to adjust to the change in fluids and this can lead to feelings of lethargy and nausea.

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Healthy Eating Guide

Eat Regular Meals
Three times a day, starting with breakfast and try to avoid snacks and nibbling between meals.

Eat Plenty of Vegetables & Fruit
Increase variety, buy a new type of fruit or vegetable. Use pulses, for example peas, beans, lentils and add them to stews, casseroles etc. Eat three helpings of fruit per day.

Look Out for Visible Fat
Remove all meat fat. Instead of frying food, grill, poach, bake steam or microwave. Spread butter or margarine very thinly or don’t use them at all.

Get to Grips with Invisible Fat
Cut down on pastry and fried savoury snacks. Use poultry, fish and look out for low-fat and reduced-fat versions of traditional foods. Choose low-fat dairy foods, for example change from full-fat to semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, low-fat spread, low-fat yoghurts and low-fat cheese such as Edam or cottage cheese.

Note: Low-fat products are not always suitable for children and the elderly. Full fat milk is necessary for babies – milk is the main source of the protein and vitamins they need.

Kick the Sugar Habit
Reduce sugar intake, halve the number of times you eat confectionary, cakes and biscuits. Have fresh fruit for puddings. Use diet and low-calorie drinks. Choose soft drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners and fruits canned in natural juice or water rather than syrup. Cut down on sugar in tea and coffee, or change to artificial sweeteners.

Shake Off the Salt
Gradually cut out adding salt to food before you eat it. Use less in cooking or use herbs, spices and pepper to give that extra flavour. Check food labels for the sodium content of prepared foods and choose those with the lowest amount of salt.

Boost Fibre
Eat more fibre by trying starchy foods at each meal, for example include more porridge, Weetabix, wholemeal bread, pulses, brown rice, pasta, potatoes (especially jacket potatoes), green vegetables and fruit. Check your breakfast cereal to make sure it’s high in NSP (fibre) but not too high in sodium and sugar.

Keep a good watch on your alcohol intake, drink plenty of unsweetened drinks and lots of water.

Change is not easy. It requires thought and effort, but it’s surprising how quickly some changes can be adopted and become habits. Others take a bit more time. If you really want to eat more healthily, concentrate on one aspect of food at a time, then move onto the next while continuing the first change.

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Exercise

Exercise Image 1Exercise has multiple benefits for our physical health and well-being from strengthening the immune system, increasing endorphins and reducing stress. Exercise even has a positive effect on our skin too. Boosting metabolism and oxygenation to the tissues promotes healthy function and efficient regeneration and increases the antioxidant supply to safe-guard the skin and accelerated collagen production.

exercise affects physiology

Increased in metabolism

Exercise Image 2 Exercise 2 Cardiovascular exercise increases metabolism which may increase sebum production and hyperkeratosis and contribute to the formation of breakouts.

Increased circulation causes vasodilation

Getting hot during exercise increases blood supply to the skin. This can increase dehydration, sensitivity and vascularity. This could be a trigger for eczema and rosacea.

Sweating

Sweating can cause dirt, debris and skin cells to stick to the skin, increasing the potential for clogged follicles and promoting breakouts. Sweating also increases dehydration.

Exposure factors

Different types of exercise take place in different environments. This could, for example, be outdoors in the sun or cold, in a chlorinated swimming pool or in the sea which is high in salt, or perhaps in an air-conditioned gym. These environmental factors will also have an effect on the skin condition, including photo-damage, sensitivity and dry skin.

Nutritional supplements and changes

Altered diet or nutritional supplements may be a link to skin changes. Whey protein increases the production of sebum, associated with the development of breakouts. Whey also increases the production of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1. Insulin increases the production of sebum. Steroids or performance enhancing drugs may increase androgen activity and drive breakouts.

Advice for healthy skin

Adjust clothing and makeup choices

  • Remove eye and face makeup before a workout. Opt for an oil-free, lightweight foundation.
  • Avoid synthetic, or tight restrictive clothing as rubbing promotes irritation and breakouts.
  • Launder gym towels regularly.
  • Avoid rubbing the skin, causing friction and further irritation.

Prioritise cleansing and rebalancing the skin

  • Rehydrate the body with fluids before, during and after exercise.
  • Shower within 30 minutes to avoid excess sweat, oils and bacteria building up. Double cleanse thoroughly. Rehydrate the skin after cleansing using a light-weight moisturiser.
  • Take a cool shower, using cool facial towels, drink cool water to help reduce the skin’s temperature and stop it from purging waste via sweat.

Protect in harsher environments

  • Apply a SPF30 minimum to the face and body when exercising outside.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun out of the face.
  • Apply a barrier protection to the skin if swimming in a chlorinated pool or exercising in harsh climates.

Modify the choice of exercise

  • If challenged with rosacea or other inflammatory skin conditions, try out low impact exercises like Yoga or Pilates.

Dermalogica favourites

Rebalancing cleansers

Excercise 4
  • Active Clay Cleanser
  • Clearing Skin Wash

Soothing re-hydrators

  • UltraCalming Mist
  • Calm Water Gel

Breakout fighting products

  • AGE Bright Spot Fader
  • AGE Bright Clearing Serum

Barrier and SPF protection

  • Barrier repair
  • Invisible Physical Defence SPF30

Light-weight cover

  • Skin Perfect Primer