Benefits of Drinking Water to Skin and Hair

Benefits of Drinking Water to Skin (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)
Benefits of Drinking Water to Skin (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)

It’s not for nothing that water is known as the “”wonder liquid”. Water is important in keeping your body hydrated as almost every cell in your body needs water to function properly. Water makes up about 50-70% of our body mass, which includes tissues, the skin, cells and the organs. It is also deemed as the world’s best beauty hack whether you want a younger skin, healthier body or shinier hair. And as an added advantage, it has no sugar, carbohydrates, fat and calories. Let’s dive right into more benefits, then, shall we?

Anti-Aging - Water is a necessity to maintain optimum moisture levels in the skin and to deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It increases the elasticity of the skin and replenishes the skin tissue. Lack of water in the body can lead to flakiness, tightness and dryness and not to forget that dry skin is more prone to wrinkles and fine lines.

Anti-Acne - Water serves two important functions- to remove toxins from your body and to carry nutrients and vitamins. These toxins can result in acne and also dry skin keeps your pores tight, increasing the breakout. Water cleanses the body by removing waste and toxins from it, keeping your face clean and preventing acne. However, you should remember that water alone cannot prevent breakouts.

Glowing Skin - Proper hydration of the skin makes the skin healthy and enhances the complexion. People who drink aerated drinks tend to have greasy spots and tired-looking skin. Drinking a lot of water improves blood circulation in the body, thus adding a soft pink glow to your face, brightening it up instantly. So, drink a full glass of water whenever you yearn to make a fresh pot of coffee.

Stronger nails- Nails can become frail and weak when they lose moisture. Drinking enough water helps to keep your cuticles and nails hydrated and moisturized.

Cures Sunburn - During sunburn, you lose water from your skin very quickly, which can lead to fatigue and dehydration. So, start drinking water immediately as soon as you experience a really bad sunburn. It will also help avoid the possibility of heat rash, heat exhaustion, and sunstroke.

Reduces Hair Loss - Hair is one-quarter water, which is enough to understand the importance of water. Water carries essential vitamins to the root, and hydrate the complete hair strand from the inside, which helps stimulate the hair growth. Adequate water intake can also help fight external effects of chemicals used in shampoos and conditioners.

Prevent Dandruff - Not drinking enough water can make your skin and scalp dry, leading to dandruff. So, drink plenty of water to prevent dandruff.

Prevent Eczema - Dehydration slows down the metabolism and can cause many skin problems such as dry, itchy skin or eczema. Drinking enough water helps the body to combat eczema.

Lemon and Water - The best thing you can do for your skin is to drink lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning. Lemon is rich in vitamin C, which helps increase collagen, responsible for keeping your skin firm and preventing wrinkles and premature lines. It also contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which greatly contribute to the aging process.

Tips to stay hydrated

• Drink two glasses of water when you wake up in the morning to compensate the loss of fluids during the night. It helps increase the circulation and remove toxins from your body.

• Drink water regularly and not just when you feel dry mouth. Keep a water bottle with you all the time.

• Drink a lot of water in hot weather when you tend to sweat excessively.

• Sip water throughout the day if you are working at a desk.

• Avoid drinking sodas, beverages, and high glycemic drinks as they can increase the level of toxins present in the body.

• Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they can cause dehydration.

• Consume fruits and vegetables rich in water such as grapes, orange, cranberries, pineapple, and watermelon.

• Drink water from the glass and not from the bottle as bottle contain different chemicals that can leach into the water.

• It is advisable to drink at least 3 liters of water per day to maintain healthy functioning of the body and vital organs.

Dehydration can pose a variety of health hazards to the body and may lead to fatal complications, including permanent damage to the kidneys, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, migraine, asthma etc. It goes without saying, but water is cheaper than all those cosmetic products and medicines. So what are you waiting for? Sip up, people!