The dry and cold weather has a bad influence on your skin. Your face becomes itchy and flaky, your arms look like you are going to turn into a lizard and your legs look like it’s been snowing on them with tiny flakes. The zit on your chin is still there, driving you crazy each time you see yourself in a mirror.
Celebrities say drinking eater helps to improve the appearance of your skin. Many of them confess that’s the secret that allows them to enjoy a smooth, glowing and firm skin. Ellen Pompeo drinks water for quenching her skin’s thirst. Jennifer Aniston and the Gabrielle Union claim drinking water helps them maintain this youthful look, despite their age.
Hydrating is surely good for you and good for your skin. We are 64% water, so it’s logical it can’t hurt us. Nonetheless, there isn’t solid research showing that drinking a lot of water counts as one of the best skin treatments.
Pharmaceutical companies aren’t interested in financing studies on the benefits of water, as there’s nothing for them to gain here. Researchers are on their own when it comes to finding funding for such studies, as stated by Rachel Nazarian, M.D., well-known dermatology specialist in New York City.
One Clinics in Dermatology review discovered a study published back in 2007 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, on the long-term water intake effects on the skin. The study found a connection between drinking water and the skin thickness and density, but the results were rather contradictory. Another study done by a university in Missouri-Columbia showed that drinking two cups of water per day increases the blood flow to the skin. However, there’s no evidence that an increased blood flow has a direct effect on the health or the appearance of the skin.
The question is: who cares about studies if they see direct benefits from increasing their daily water intake?
Nazarian says she’s 100% certain water has a positive influence on the health of the skin. People who don’t drink enough water have more wrinkles and prominent pores, their skin looks dull and they appear actually older than they are. Julius Few, M.D., director of The Few Institute and clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Chicago explains this effect by the fact that water plumps up the skin, filling the pores and wrinkles and supporting collagen production. He also says that a hydrated and elastic skin is less prone to cracking, thus less exposed to irritations and blemishes.
Rachel Nazarian also says that her patients suffer more from acne lesions when they are dehydrated. It’s already established that changes in one’s diet can affect acne formation, so she believes dehydration may have a similar effect on the skin.
Another explanation could be that water decreases the oil concentration on the skin, thus reducing the risk of acne breakouts. The balance between water and oil on the skin surface is very important. Too much oil may result in clogged pores, and that’s the first step to acne blemishes.
Nonetheless, we don’t need to understand that drinking a lot of water today will secure a great look of our skin for many years to come. Even though drinking water may improve the look of the skin, at a histopathologic level wrinkles are still there. They don’t disappear, they only get attenuated by hydration. As soon as we stop drinking enough water, all those wrinkles will be back in force.
That’s why she recommends we all drink a steady amount of water every day. She says it’s best to have several 8-10 ounce services of water spread throughout the entire day, rather than drinking a lot of water in one go. The reason is that the body can absorb only a certain amount of water each hour, so if you drink more, the only effect will be that you are going to need the toilet more often. Regarding the source of water, she says it doesn’t actually matter if it’s bottled or tap, as long as it has a good quality.
Hydrating yourself by drinking plenty of water isn’t enough. You still need skin moisturizers, as the outermost layers of the skin also need their daily hydration, which they can’t take from the water you drink. Few says that the best recipe for having a beautiful and healthy skin is to hydrate it both internally and externally.