Firstly we need to remember that your Skin is an organ, in fact its the largest in your body and it goes without saying that any bodily organ needs an adequate amount of water to function best.
The amount of water needed varies per person due to weight, sex, and level of physical activity but as a rule of thumb the most common recommendation is 6-8 glasses per day.
How do I know I am drinking enough?
I’m going to be honest guys. I really struggle to drink water too but when I realise that every cell and system in my body requires it, it kinda pushes me on to provide my body with its most basic nutritional need.
The ‘simplest’ way to know if you are drinking enough water/ fluids is to access the colour of your urine.
If you are even slightly Dehydrated and the body detects that more water is needed than what is has the first thing that happens is that the kidneys reduce the amount of water lost in the urine.
“Normal urine color varies, depending on how much water you drink. Fluids dilute the yellow pigments in urine, so the more you drink, the clearer your urine looks. When you drink less, the color becomes more concentrated. Severe dehydration can produce urine the color of amber.” (mayoclinic.org)
So If you are drinking enough your urine should be a straw or pale yellow colour. (Health / Age / medication depending) If it’s darker then you probably need to more fluid.
TIP - Be aware of when you are Thirsty. Thirst kicks in when the body is already a little dehydrated, so it is important to drink when you are thirsty. Don’t ignore this smart reminder!
Does Water help your Skin?
The reality is that Water is so so important for your body and adequate amounts are needed to hydrate and assist the skin cell in its function so it’s absolutely 100% needed , but , water only accountants for part of our skins hydration.
Here is why:
A Dehydrated Skin needs more water and a Dry Skin needs more oil/lipids.(Read this again)
But ... a Dehydrated Skin without enough lipids/oil won’t be able to retain its water and will still feel dehydrated.
Also a Dry Skin with enough lipids and oil but not enough water will still flake and peel craving water. Do you get the picture?
In short both need to be in balance to keep your acid mantle intact and keep the skin as hydrated and protected as possible.
That is why water alone is not the answer to all your skin problems but it is still crucial.
The best way to solve your current skin issues whether this be Acne or Dry Skin, is using topical and internal skincare products that can address both of these issues in the right ratios.
Having an in-depth skin analysis and consultation to access your skins individual needs would be the best place to begin, no more guessing what your skin needs.
I hope this has been useful to help you understand the water - skin benefits. If you have any questions regarding any skin issues then please get in touch.
Clinic Director & Expert Skin Therapist