Is Drinking Water Good For Your Skin?
Does Water Hydrate Skin?
We all know that drinking water is necessary for life. However, scientists and dermatologists wonder if water is good for your skin. Not only is our body weight two-thirds water, our cells need water for every single reaction or action they want to do. This fact includes our skin cells―they need water too! So, armed with this general knowledge, what are the specific benefits of increasing your water intake, and are these benefits backed by science?
Claim 1: Water aids in curbing wrinkles and sagging skin.
Proponents claim that drinking water for your skin literally moisturizes your dermal layers from the inside out, leaving you with better facial skin. Your skin is comprised of 20% water, and if your
body lacks water it will start the process of premature aging. If you renew your body with water, over time your skin cells will plump up and make your skin taut and stronger.
However, some dermatologists disagree with this premise and claim that the water you drink will be filtered through your kidneys to the point where water preparing skin cells will fall short. These dermatologists suggest using a moisturizer to “heal serious dehydration.” Despite that, one might conclude that if dehydration harms skin, and water prevents dehydration, then water at least prevents the damage of dehydration to skin.
Claim 2: Water with lemon will clear your skin.
Water alone is great, but sometimes people need some variety. This tip comes from the fantastic SoCal website La Jolla Mom. They list 10 intriguing reasons to drink water with lemon in the morning. Not only will you reap the benefits of drinking more water in general, but the Vitamin C component of the lemon juice will help clear up your skin, all while moisturizing your skin from the inside out, as mentioned before.
However, evidence is limited in claims that Vitamin C alone will prevent wrinkles, and if people doubt the overall effectiveness of drinking water in general to improve skin health, then adding a bit of lemon won’t do much to change the result. In fact, one study investigated whether the type of water subjects drank had any role to play in the effectiveness of improving skin health. The result was that whether the subjects drank tap water or mineral water made no difference in the appearance of wrinkles or to the smoothness of skin.
So Does Water Really Help Hydrate Your Skin?
The science is still out on whether or not water has a material impact on improving the health of your skin. However, science is deadly clear in its determination that water is necessary for life. That said, there is nothing out there saying that water harms skin, but whether or not it actually helps skin is still up for debate.
It is unwise to drink water and hope for this single method to heal all your skincare woes. Go ahead and drink water (you need it to live, after all), but pair it with a high quality anti-aging routine and a healthy lifestyle for that 1-2-3 punch.