Moisture and Your Skin: 6 Conditions Which Respond to Improved Hydration
When you seek answers to beauty questions, one of the most common responses you encounter is “drink more water.” While the scientific research into hydration’s exact effects on skin is still in its infancy, many patients experience skin improvements with better hydration.
In this blog, we discuss why your skin reacts positively to increased moisture, several conditions which improve with hydration, and ways you should hydrate your skin.
The Relationship between Moisture and Skin
Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Like your other organs, your skin relies on water to function normally. When properly hydrated, your skin has more elasticity and responds better to stressors.
Your skin is 64% water, so when your body gets low on moisture, you are more likely to experience skin tightness, dryness, and other symptoms.
Skin Conditions Which May Improve With Hydration
Each person’s body chemistry means that he or she retains and loses moisture differently. These individual variations are what make us all unique but is also one of the reasons why hydration in general doesn’t work as a universal cure for all health problems.
However, dehydration can exacerbate many physical issues, especially skin conditions. Maintaining proper hydration has been shown to improve the following six skin conditions:
Proper hydration is critical to the normal chemical reactions that occur within the body. Systemic dehydration, therefore, can have a profound effect on many of the normal bodily functions. In the skin, for instance, dehydration can alter the body’s normal mechanism for producing the natural oils found in the skin. The result may be a more viscous oil that can lead to oil gland obstruction. Thus giving rise to the unsightly blemishes that we all hate. A well hydrated body, on the other hand, allows these oil glands to produce a more natural, less viscous oil that is less prone to oil gland obstruction. This in turn leads to a reduced risk of pimples.
There is a reason why genuine leather needs to be treated with lotion. A dry leather results in cracking and eventually a deterioration of the leather. The skin is no different. Dehydration promotes less oil production and thus a drier skin which like leather, is more prone to cracking. These fissures often appear on the lips, fingertips, and feet. Hydration helps to maintain the skins moisture level and in turn minimize such cracking.
Healthy skin gives off a beautiful glow. Your skin is a reflection of your body’s overall health. Therefore, when your body lacks moisture, your skin will reflect this state by looking duller or flatter. Many patients notice this side effect most on their faces, but you can experience dull skin anywhere on your body.
Not all effects of dehydration are visible. If you have too little moisture, your skin does not tolerate the normal daily pulling and tugging that it is subjected too. The result is a tight feeling within the skin that if taken to an extreme, can even give rise to the cracks and fissures mentioned earlier, especially on the face and lips.
Dehydration can affect varicose veins in many ways. While hydration cannot get rid of varicose veins, some patients experience less discomfort when well-hydrated.
While a glass of water cannot reverse the appearance of wrinkles, hydration can lead to fewer fine lines in the long run. Hydrated skin can better protect itself from sun, soaps, and other substances which contribute to wrinkles over time.
Ways to Increase Your Skin’s Hydration
There’s more than one way to increase the moisture levels in your skin. Three of the most common methods are as follows.
The food and beverages you consume can affect how much moisture you retain or lose. For example, caffeine can cause dehydration, while berries, leafy greens, and healthy fats help your body better maintain its moisture levels.
Increased Water Intake
Most adults do not drink enough water to stay well-hydrated, partially because the exact right water amount differs from person to person and can be affected by activities and food intake. Experts however, generally recommend drinking approximately a half-gallon of water each day, or eight eight-ounce glasses.
You can also put moisture right where you need it by using topical ointments. Moisturizers can provide focused hydration, especially when applied right after you bathe. Immediately after exposure to warm water, your pores are open and particularly receptive to ointments and lotions.
Increase your hydration levels to see healthier, more radiant skin. Before you change your diet or medication, consult with your primary care physician. For recommendations based on your current skin conditions, you can trust the professionals at The Sheen Vein Institute.