Drink Enough Water To Replace Your Moisturizer
The two most common cliché sayings in skincare tell you to drink enough water and get enough beauty sleep. Both of which are nearly impossible because everyone is always on the go fueled by caffeine and ambition. To conceal the effects of a hustle fueled lifestyle, women have taken their skincare routines to another level. Skincare regimens cost hundreds of dollars and provide short-lived results. However, we often overlook the basics of beauty which will benefit the skin almost immediately.
How Much Water You Should Drink:
The most basic, important, and overlooked step of a beauty routine is drinking 3 liters of water per day. Water is responsible for up to 75% of the body’s composition making it essential for almost every function. Although, knowing why it plays such a crucial role for optimal skin health and function is rarely discussed. The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010” report recommends drinking 3.7 and 2.5 liters for men and women, respectively. However, the average person drinks about 1.2 liters of water per day according to the CDC, leaving us well-below that number. To further understand the relationship between water consumption and skin health, scientists assessed the effects of consuming less than the daily recommended volume of water.
Drinking 3 Liters of Water Improved Visible Skin Health
A recent study of 49 healthy women between the ages of 22 and 34 were put into groups separating volunteers 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 increased their daily water intake with an additional 2 liters of water for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, surface and deep tissue hydration significantly improved in group 1 compared to group 2. Additionally, the skin became more smooth and firm. Scientists determined drinking more than 3 liters of water may hydrate skin equally as much as some topical moisturizers. This is further supported according to another article published in Skin Res Technology.
Drink Water AND Use a Great Moisturizer:
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 health. 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.