We have all heard this before – drink 7-8 glasses of water a day and your skin will clear up, feel hydrated and look visibly plumper.
But does this actually work? Science says that downing glass after glass on its own is usually not enough.
There are many good reasons to drink water:
- It’s refreshing
- It helps your brain function
- Maintains energy levels
- Regulates body temperature
- Aids in digestion
- Ultimately keeps your body and skin healthy
Every day, we lose large amounts of water to regular processes like breathing, perspiration and repair! That’s why it’s extremely important to replenish lost liquids, and ensure our bodily organs have enough water to carry out everyday functions.
The skin, like any other organ, also requires adequate cell hydration. So, if you have dry, tight or flaky skin, it’s probably a sign of dehydration.
Of course drinking water will help all of the repairative mechanisms of the skin. It will enhace all of your body’s (and skin’s) functions and will result in the visible improvement of skin, particularly if you’ve been dehydrating yourself for a while. The problem with drinking water though, is that it doesn’t go straight to the skin when you drink it. It passes through a long, complex loop, and is absorbed by other vital organs along the way. So, by the time it reaches our skin, the quantity falls terribly short of the amount we need.
Skin is made up of three layers — the outer layer (epidermis), the underlying skin (dermis) and the subcutaneous fat tissue. Epidermis outer layer of skin contain natural chemicals which make up your Natural Moisturising Factor, or NMF. Water binds itself to your NMF, which then in turn hydrates your skin. The production and health of your NMF is what makes your skin well balanced. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water, skin will lose elasticity and feel rough.
5 steps to hydrated skin!
- Use a gentle cleanser instead of soap. We recommend Medik8 gentle cleanser or Red Alert cleanser. Both are deeply purifying foaming wash is designed to suit all skin types, especially sensitive skin
- Exfoliate your skin regularly to get rid of dead skin cells and flakiness. Dry skin happens. Help your body repair and regenerate by gently exfoliating either before you shower with a dry brush or in the shower with a gentle exfoliating scrub. This helps to sloth off dead skin cells to keep skin breathable. But be gentle! Aggressive cleansing methods and strong active ingredients in the products you use causes the protective skin mantle barrier to be disrupted, increasing your skin’s chances of dehydration. Or come for exfoliation medi-facial once per month and we always finish facial with Hydrating Mask to hydrate your skin deep-down. Try Cosmedix Pure Enzymes or Medik8 Daily Scrub for a polished feel.
- Moisturise. Have two different moisturisers, one lighter moisturizer for day-use to prep your skin for smooth and even coverage for your make-up and the other for night to penetrate deeper into your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and to heal sun damage. Depending on what you’re looking to achieve, Medik8 day hydr8 and Medik8 night cream are the best. Medi8 Hydr8 creams, a refreshingly hydrating cream that adapts to your skin and improves its ability to lock-in moisture. Formulated with Resveratrol for cell-longevity, Beta-Glucan for skin-texture renewal and a selection of unique botanical antioxidants, key ingredients that work together to enhance your cells’ ability to hold in water, this hydrating cream keeps your skin plump and moisturized all-day long. It’s every dry skin’s dream!
- Avoid exposure to dry air and prolonged contact with hot or chlorinated water, sun, cold and wind. Limit alcohol, coffee and smoking
- Drink lots of water to hydrate from inside and consume food high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
It’s still important to drink your share of water a day – that’s about 4-6 glasses for your overall good health, and to flush out the toxins and impurities that slow down the process of skin healing. It’s also much more hydrating than other liquids like coffee and alcoholic drinks, which are well-known liquid-drainers!
For that extra hydration boost, eat foods that are rich in essential fatty acids like salmon, walnuts and olive oil that help strengthen your cell’s ability to lock in moisture. Most of the fruits and vegetables are not only rich source of fluids, but also provide benefits of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
And lastly my advice is to identify the reason for dehydration and take the appropriate corrective actions. Laser skin and wellness clinic can review your beauty regime & make sure you are using the right products for your specific skin to target hydration.