Stress, dehydration and a poor diet can wreak havoc on your skin that no $130 serum is going to fix. These serums come in second place when it comes to really correcting your skin because it all stems from the INSIDE.
There are many ways to take action on reducing your stress levels, and you can always create healthier options when it comes to the food you put in your body, but today we are going to focus on one of the main ingredients to beautiful, healthy SKIN!
So, how does water affect your skin?
You probably already know that your skin is the largest organ in your body. However, we often think of our skin as just a surface coverage, but it actually preforms many vital functions for your body. It acts as a protection barrier, and removal of waste and other toxins.
As with all of your bodily organs, your skin cells are composed of water. Without water, your cells don’t function as they should. Since your skin sheds water every day, it’s important to continually replace the lost fluids. When you drink water, it first goes to all of your other vital organs (ie: your liver, kidneys, bladder…). Your skin will suffer the most when you become even slightly dehydrated. After even a short period of dehydration, you might notice the following effects on your skin:
- It loses flexibility and becomes more prone to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging
- It becomes dull, dry, and flaky
- Your body won’t be properly digesting nutrients from food because of the lack of water, and then water-soluble vitamins are not able to reach your skin. Then the damaging free radicals can accumulate and accelerate aging
- Your cells cannot properly perform their jobs of flushing toxins from your body
- Toxins can accumulate and damage cells in the body
- The buildup of toxins can be responsible for acne and other unsightly skin problems (hello liver)
You might notice these effects after a short period of dehydration, so just imagine what long-term dehydration can do to your skin! One thing we know about modern western diets is that we drink too much soda, coffee, and alcohol, and not enough nourishing, filtered water. So, not only are we failing to consume water; we’re also eating and drinking diuretics that flush water out of our systems! In this perfect storm, it’s easy to see how most people suffer from dehydration.
On a better note, when your skin is beautifully hydrated, you will notice:
- a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, sagging, and wrinkles
- a reduction in acne and other types of skin blemishes
- a smoother, brighter complexion
- greater flexibility in your skin tissues
- more supple, moist skin
You will also notice other benefits within your mind and body like better elimination, more physical and mental energy, and stronger immunity. Yes please!!!
You can help boost the clarity and radiance of your skin by making a few small shifts in your daily routine and eating habits…all that are associated with WATER.
For starters, I am a strong lover of super-hot showers! Are you?
Sadly, long periods of hot water on your body can dry it out. So, my solution is to end my shower with cold water. Ugh, I know…that sounds horrible (at least to me it does). But, there are many other benefits to cold showers, so this is a good place to start. Try spending the last 1-2 minutes of your shower in cold water.
Another great habit to bringing in more clean water to your body is to eat fruits and vegetables. They are filled with water! The more you eat them, the more water for all of your organs and eventually your beautiful skin. Try paying attention to how many fruits and veggies are in each of your meals or snacks. Just that awareness itself usually brings on action to eat more of those foods and incorporate more hydration for yourself.
How often are you sweating during the day? For every workout you do, follow that up with an extra 16-32oz of water. This way you are adding back what was originally lost. This goes for drinking coffee or alcohol. Both are dehydrating to your body, so it is simple math – add it back with water to balance it out. Whenever I am out socializing at dinner or an event, I always try to hydrate…knowing very well that the vodka I am choosing to drink is dehydrating me. It’s all about balance, right? So, I pour a tall glass of water with a shot or two of vodka, and extra lemons and limes. It’s a perfect, balanced combo. It tastes delicious and helps hydrate my body to balance out the dehydration. Same goes for coffee, beer or wine – drink around 8oz of water in between each drink to stay on top of dehydrating your body.
Lastly, start and end your day with a large glass of lemon or lime water. It helps your liver do its job to cleanse and detoxify. Starting the day with water sets the tone of immediately hydrating after the evening fast. And you probably guessed it…ending the day with a large glass of water also helps prepare your body for healing during your sleep cycles. In this case you can mindfully say no to those late-night snacks because it will affect your sleep, digestion, healing process and hydration.
What changes do you want to make in order to keep your body more hydrated? Comment below and share any fun ideas you have.
In love and gratitude,