Dermatology

Hydration and Your Skin

Let’s talk water and your skin…

Think of your skin as a sponge. When your skin is dehydrated, it becomes stiff and brittle. It appears dull. It feels tight. And when your skin is hydrated, it feels soft and supple. Flexible. Strong. Resilient.

Skin that lacks water is sluggish…it requires more effort to accomplish its daily tasks such as cell repair, skin cell regeneration, and shedding of dead skin cells…to name a few.

When skin is adequately hydrated, it hums along like a well-oiled machine. Imagine a manufacturing appliance with numerous moving parts that depend on one another. The cells communicate with each another, and molecules are easily transported among them. Every component is able to carry out its function.

Dehydration affects every organ in our body, and skin is our body’s largest organ. This is why adequate water intake is essential to keeping our skin moving along at optimal speed.

To accomplish this, drink 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. Keep a water bottle at your bedside, your office desk, your car, in your kitchen…wherever you are spending time during your day.

Pure, clean water is best, but if you find it challenging to ingest this much water over the course of your day, try adding a little natural fruit such as lemon, lime, orange, strawberries, or blackberries. Cucumber also lends a very refreshing taste to water.

Raise your glass….Cheers! To your skin health

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