The sun and heat of the summer months pose a few skincare challenges. We’re more active, and we sweat more, which means we need more water to keep our bodies healthy. One of the best natural beauty tips we can offer is to focus on healthy skin from the inside out - with plenty of water!
Your Skin is an Organ
Don’t forget-- your skin is your largest and fastest growing organ in your body! It’s a versatile, flexible, waterproof shield responsible for regulating our internal temperature, protecting us from germs, and keeping our brain connected with the outside world through a complex nerve network. Adults on average carry around 8 pounds and 22 square feet of skin. Just like your brain, heart, and liver-- what you eat and drink directly affects your skin. Our bodies are made up of mostly water – but did you know that the majority of us don’t drink enough H20?
Tips to drink more water (and the right kind)
- Drink water slowly and steadily throughout the day. If you drink too much too fast, your body won’t absorb it. It takes about 120 minutes for water to absorb into the bloodstream.
- The water you use to make coffee doesn't count. Your body needs 2-3 liters of pure, clean drinking water daily.
- Infuse water with fresh fruit, lemon juice, or mint leaves for flavor. Make a pitcher at home and fill up in the morning to start your day.
- Always carry a reusable water bottle. Keep a favorite mug at work, and a canteen at in your car!
- Use a free app like Water Drink Reminder or Hydro Coach to alert you to hydrate and track your water intake
- Eat foods high in water content like Watermelon, spinach, cucumbers, green peppers, berries, cauliflower, radishes, and celery
How much water do you need?
On average, adults should drink half their body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75 ounces. Most people need 9-13 cups of water per day. This varies based on your body weight, level of activity, and climate. You should drink more water if you consume caffeine, exercise, or live in a hotter climate.
Use this chart from healthline.com as a guide.
Hydrating vs Moisturizing Your Skin
Often, people can confuse hydration and moisture. Dehydrated skin lacks water and needs to be hydrated. Dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized.
Drinking water habitually over time is important to keep your skin consistently healthy. Water doesn’t go straight to the skin - It takes some time for the water you drink to arrive in your cells, as it must first go through all of your body’s processing - from the intestines to your bloodstream, to being filtered by your kidneys before it finally hydrates your cells. While it’s still a good idea, drinking water won’t immediately restore your skin's elasticity or softness. It will take about 24 hours for your first sip of water to start healing your dehydrated or sun-damaged skin.
Dehydrated skin will still look dull and feel tight, even with moisturizer. On the other hand, dry skin that is hydrated but not moisturized will be flaky and rough. Find a good hydrating product that contains hydraulic acid, like our 20% Vitamin C Serum. This ingredient is produced naturally in your body, and helps hydrate your skin because its molecules can hold a thousand times their weight in water!
Keep Your Skin Healthy Naturally
Our skin must be properly hydrated not only to look good, but also to function properly as an organ. Drinking more water daily is a good habit that can drastically improve your skin’s health and appearance. Keeping our skin properly hydrated and protected from UV damage is vital to its long-term health.
We hope you found these skincare and hydration tips helpful! Let's raise a glass (of water) to your beautiful skin, naturally -- cheers!