Water accounts for over half - approximately 60 percent - of the human body and is essential to every cell. We lose large amounts of water everyday and these fluids need to be replenished on a regular basis, so that our body can function properly. Staying well-hydrated offers a number of benefits for the body, both inside and out. Water is also a key component of our skin. But, simply drinking water means that it will reach other parts of your body before it reaches your skin. So, applying hydration directly to your skin is crucial for the sake of its health and appearance. Below, we are going to discuss how hydration can impact your body and skin, and look at the best ways to stay hydrated:
The importance of hydration for your body
Hydration can affect your body - both inside and out - in a number of ways. This includes:
Slows the aging process -Our organs need water to maintain their peak levels of functioning. If our body does not get enough water, then our organs have to work harder. This can cause them to age more quickly, which can lead to a number of health problems. Drinking enough water also helps rid the body of toxins which again slows the aging process.
Assists with weight management - Quite often, the feeling of hunger can actually be the result of thirst. You may find that regularly sipping water stops you from feeling hungry, which means you’re less likely to snack or over eat. Drinking enough water can also help your body flush out the byproducts of fat and other toxins, which can aid with weight loss.
Aids digestion- Water helps in the digestive process as it keeps your kidneys working normally. If you don’t drink enough water, you may end up suffering from constipation. So, those with digestion problems should drink lots of water to help ease symptoms.
Reduces feelings of fatigue - Your body needs the right levels of hydration to function properly and fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration. Make sure that you’re drinking enough water throughout the day to maintain energy levels.
The importance of hydration for your skin
Hydration has a number of benefits to the health and appearance of your skin. This includes:
Slows the aging process- Hydrated skin is more plump, smooth and resilient. Having an adequately hydrated face will also help to improve skin elasticity, which will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, for a more youthful complexion.
Protection from environmental damage- Hydrated skin is better able to perform its protective role against environmental damage, which includes - UV rays, toxic agents, and pollution. Whereas, dehydrated skin is weaker and less protected, meaning it is vulnerable to the processes and elements that cause aging.
Combats dry skin - It’s a well-known fact that hydrated skin has a better appearance. Lack of hydration can lead to your skin becoming dry, dull, and tight. Whereas, skin that is well-hydrated and moisturised will appear more plump, smooth and radiant.
Skin becomes less oily- When your skin becomes dehydrated, it overcompensates by producing more oil, resulting in a more oily complexion. So, improving hydration can actually cause your skin to become less oily.
Rids your skin of toxins- Drinking enough water helps your body to flush out toxins which helps your skin maintain a radiant, glowing appearance. If these toxins remain in your body, then it can lead to redness and irritation.
Best ways to hydrate your body and skin
Drink more water - The most obvious way to hydrate your body is by drinking enough water. You should drink the recommended eight glasses of water everyday, to help your body flush out toxins. If you struggle to drink this amount, then try adding natural flavours to your water using lemon or other fruit.
Eat your way to hydration- Only 70-80% of your daily hydration needs to come from water - 20-30% should actually come from food. Some of the best fruit and vegetables containing water are: cucumber, tomatoes, celery, strawberries and spinach - so make sure to include these in your diet.
Apply moisturiser- It is also important to apply hydration directly to your skin by moisturising. Use a moisturiser twice a day, morning and night, to keep skin soft and supple. It is always best to moisturise straight after a shower or bath, when your skin is better able to absorb the nutrients.
Use a hydrogel facial mask - The best way to give your skin a serious boost in hydration and nutrients is by using a hydrogel face mask. These powerful skin care products are easy to use, and will give you beautiful, hydrated, and healthy looking skin in less than 30 minutes. Check out our unique range of luxury hydrogel facial masks and give your skin the boost it needs!
No matter what skin type you have, it is important to stay hydrated from within, by drinking 8 glasses of water every day, and outside, by using with moisturising products. This will help keep your skin looking beautiful, healthy, and youthful.