It is well known that drinking an adequate amount of water daily is essential for general good health and wellbeing. So how much do you need?
Skin-care goal: Simply put, H2O assists in many bodily functions including circulation, digestion, absorption and excretion. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and is made up of cells. Skin cells are made up of water and healthy cells when hydrated function better, look plumper and present as a radiant, younger-looking complexion. Dehydrated skin cells on the other hand can look dull, tight, dry, flaky and make the skin appear lack-lustre and older than need be. Dehydrated and dry skin is more prone to wrinkling and has less resilience and volume.
So how much water do we really need to consume and does it really help us have a healthy, glowing skin?
The facts are:
- The skin is made up of three layers. The epidermis (or stratum corneum) is the outer layer, the dermis is the underlying layer and then beneath that is the subcutaneous tissue
- Each layer of the skin requires moisture to function properly
- When the skin is hydrated, plump and elastic it is less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes
- If the epidermis becomes dehydrated (ie doesn’t contain enough moisture) the skin loses its elasticity and consequently feels and looks dry, scaly and rough
Despite these observations and connections, there is actually little research showing that drinking extra water has an impact on the hydration of our skin and create disturbance to achieve skin-care goal. The study published in 2007 in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found that drinking 2.25 litres (9.5 cups) of water every day for four weeks altered skin density and thickness, but the exact results were contradictory. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will help to eliminate the body and skin of toxins. Although it’s inconclusive whether drinking more water improves the condition of our skin, according to Chinese Medicine it can have a negative impact on your health. Keep reading for more on that.
The answer to a hydrated, glowing skin therefore lies in hydrating the skin topically, ie with moisturising ingredients for long lasting and actual results.
There are a few things we can do:
- Avoid exposure to dry air. So, rug up when out in the dry autumn and winter winds and beware of air conditioning – in the car, office and home
- Do not use soap on your face or body. Try an organic soap-free body wash and cleanser which do not contain sulphates, parabens, toxic chemicals, etc which dry out the skin. I will keep you posted about our soon to be released WILDHEART [wellbeing] Creamy Face Cleanser – your perfect solution for a hydrating, soothing facial cleanser
- Avoid alcohol – both in skincare products and the beverage kind. Alcohol consumption dehydrates the body and our skin
- Avoid prolonged contact with chlorinated water. Swimming in chlorinated pools and soaking in spas can interrupt the balance of the pH level of the skin leaving it dry and dehydrated
- Moisturise ‘the body beautiful’ immediately after bathing or showering with an organic cream or body oil like pure coconut oil (which is one of my favourites)
- Apply a hydrating serum and moisturiser within 2 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. Whilst the skin is still clean and porous this is the perfect time to apply nourishing, healthy, active ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Aloe Vera, as found in the WILDHEART [wellbeing] SUPER BOOST Serum, C THE CHANGE Vitamin C Cream, THE EYES HAVE IT Eye Cream and A MUST HAVE Vitamin A Serum.
Hyaluronic Acid is a wonderful ingredient that holds about 1,000 times its own weight in water thus attracting and holding to the skin. This results in the skin’s appearance being more full, soft, glowing and younger looking. WILDHEART [wellbeing] products contain high concentration levels of Hyaluronic Acid.
According to Mr Mark McAuliffe, Co-founder WILDHEART [wellbeing] and Doctor of Chinese Medicine at therapeutix, drinking too much water can have a negative impact on your health. “In Chinese Medicine drinking too much water can lead to damp conditions in the body which can affect your digestive and excretory systems resulting in tiredness, fatigue, bloating and possibly worry. Traditional Chinese advice is to only drink when thirsty. This follows the Daoist concept that to live a long and healthy life, everything in moderation is best, being mindful of the body’s signals and paying attention to nature”, says Mark.
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