Wondering what are the benefits of water for skin?
A dermatologist told me that the skin’s health is just the reflection of our internal health. This is very important to know, because our health is so much related to water, internally and externally.
Our larger and more exposed organ, which is the skin, benefits from water as much as our entire body does.
Of course, the skin needs much more than water to look beautiful, but this is not the subject of this site. Just think that when you look for healthy beautiful skin, water is the basic requirement, but often disregarded.
– Dry skin for instance is one of the first symptoms of dehydration.
Keep your skin hydrated to look beautiful!
The skin has the ability to perspire to cool and regulate body temperature. If there is dehydration, the water reserves may be used up without being replaced at the same rate as the water lost.
On dehydration, there is less capillary circulation to the skin area to give it the healthy color and moisture it should have. – Therefore, when the skin loses water it shrinks, wrinkles, cracks and loses volume and elasticity.
Dehydration is one of the reasons why you often see young women with their skin already aged beyond their years. tells Dr. Batmanghelidj.
*The face is the most exposed to wind and sun elements that increase water loss from its surface. (according to Dr. Batmanghelidj, male hormones bring more circulation to the facial skin than women’s).
“The ultimate stage of skin dehydration is scleroderma: the skin becomes atrophied and begins to resemble a crocodile’s. The good news is that at its early phase, scleroderma can be reversed by increasing water intake.” – Dr. Batmanghelidj
* Drinking water is not only important for the visible part of the skin, but also for keeping your eyes and the mucous membranes moist. (mucous membranes are those found in the nose, digestive and respiratory organs, genital system and middle ear).
What about the dry air that gives so much discomfort on our skin?
In dry climates drinking water is not enough to keep it hydrated. When the air is too dry, like in the winter for instance, we need to add an air humidifier into our environment. Home water features are good humidifiers if you want to go natural, but often artificial air humidifiers are more efficient. The water evaporation produced by such a device will make the air easier to breathe and the skin less itchy.
* I can tell you that I spent a few months in Nevada last year and no lotion could help my dry skin – the itchiness only stopped when I changed the climate.
… Same story with the eyes: the dryness of the air combined with long hours on the computer made my eyes red and itchy – when I asked at the pharmacy, I was advised to use artificial tears, which fortunately helped.
My optometrist told me that cornea is 80% water. Working long hours on the computer makes the eyes dry. Just closing the eyes for a few seconds every hour and blinking frequently allows liquid from the tear glands to moisturise and lubricate the cornea.
He recommended regular drinking of water for good eye health…
There are plenty benefits of water for skin. No wonder there are so many “bath and body” practices based on the external use of water and related skin products.