Our bodies are 60% water so it’s no surprise we function better when we drink lots of it. However, there are some myths associated with water, and over time it seems like water has become the go-to answer for every beauty problem.
Dry skin? Drink water Lackluster hair? Drink water! Difficulty waking up in the morning? Drink water! Is it true that water is the cure-all for our skin? And is it really possible to drink too much water? We take a closer look at H20 and its rejuvenating properties.
The Fountain of Youth
Water helps flush out toxins and unclogs your pores which can help with dry skin, acne and breakouts. When skin is hydrated, it looks plumper and smoother. In order to maintain that suppleness, you have to keep drinking water. If your skin gets flaky or too oily, drinking water will help improve these problems. Wondering if you’re getting enough water? Fine lines are one of the tell-tale signs of dehydration.
However, drinking water is not the only solution. Topical products rich in moisture will also hydrate your skin and keep it smooth. One ingredient to look for in lotions and face cream is hyaluronic acid. Did you know that hyaluronic acid can hold up to six times its own weight of water? Talk about hydration! Try our very own HA masks on your next Clearskincare Clinic visit and revive your skin.
Finding the Right Balance
The standard recommendation is eight glasses per day. Some say drink 2 liters a day, while others advise to divide your body weight by two and the total, in kg, is the amount you should drink daily. The verdict, though, is to listen to and respect your body. If you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
When you’re starting your journey into drinking more water, go slow and steady at first and your body will adjust. Spread out your intake of water so it has time to flow through your body. This will also limit your visits to the bathroom. You shouldn’t drink more than one liter per hour; otherwise, you might experience over hydration.
Yes, you can actually drink too much water. Overhydration, although rare, happens when your intake of water is too great and your kidneys can’t process this overflow and/or can’t get rid of the excess water. If left untreated, overhydration can cause seizures, unconsciousness and even comas.
Many people don’t drink enough water either because of its lack of flavor or they simply forget. To help you, we made a checklist of simple ways you can incorporate water into your lifestyle. Drink water with every snack and meal. It’ll help pass the food better and make you feel fuller. Keep a bottle of water in places you commonly visit: your desk, your car, your gym bag, your purse. Face mists are a quick and easy way to freshen up and bring your glow back. Eating fruits rich in water content like watermelons, cucumbers, strawberries and pineapples can also help increase your water intake.
Mineral vs Tap or Bottled Still Water
When it comes to drinking water, you get so much more out of a sparkling mineral water than something flat. Nitrate-free options are the way to go so that your body can better utilize the benefits the water has to offer, like a healthy dose of magnesium and calcium and balancing out pH levels.
Once you get into the daily habit of consuming water, your skin and hair will look fresher, younger and more full of life.
So, drink up!