Drink 3 liters of water and get enough beauty sleep are the two most common cliché sayings in skincare. In the year 2020, both of those are nearly impossible because everyone is always on the go and fueled by caffeine. To conceal our hustle fueled lifestyles, women have taken their skincare routines to another level by spending hundreds of dollars to reverse the effects of their lifestyle while overlooking the basics of beauty.
The most basic, important, and often overlooked step of a beauty routine is drinking 3 liters of water per day. Water is essential in our bodies for almost every biological and physiological function and plays a key role in our bodies. However, knowing why it plays such a crucial role is rarely discussed even though it is responsible for up to 75% of the body’s composition. What is discussed even less is the role water plays for optimal skin health and function. The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010” report recommends drinking 3.7 and 2.5 liters for men and women, respectively. The average person drinks about 1.2 liters of water per day leaving us well-below that number. Scientists began assessing the effects of increased water consumption and its direct correlation to skin improvement.
Drinking 3 liters of water could hydrate skin equally as much as some topical moisturizers according to articles published in Skin Res Technology and Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology. To evaluate the importance of water consumption, 49 healthy women between the ages of 22 and 34 were grouped by total daily water consumption. Group 1 consumed less than 3.2 liters per day while Group 2 consumed more than 3.2 liters per day. Each group was asked to supplement their normal water intake with an additional 2 liters of water per day for a total of 4 weeks.
After the 4-week increase in water consumption, surface and deep tissue hydration was significantly improved in Group 1 who initially consumed less than 3.2 liters of water per day. Additionally, the skin of each group was evaluated for its ability to return to its normal state after being stretched which showed a significant improvement in group 1 compared to group 2.
Ultimately, drinking 3 liters of water per day along with a great moisturizer to address both surface and deep tissue hydration is the best way to maintain great skin. All moisturizers aren’t created equal so be sure to look for a moisturizing cream or gel with hyaluronic acid, vitamin B5, and antioxidants and apply at least twice a day or as needed to keep your skin properly hydrated and healthy.