For Healthy, Beautiful Skin: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

That’s right. Regardless of your gender, the key to healthy skin is to drink lots of water.

by John Murphy, Chair, Prescott Commission on Well-Being

If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.

It is important to remember to drink more water on a daily basis. Our bodies are over 60% water. That’s why it plays a key factor in the biochemical and cellular processes that happen within our bodies.

But, what is the proper amount of water to drink? The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces. This will help give you a radiant, healthy, younger-looking complexion. Being properly hydrated keeps your skin stay full and elastic.

Being hydrated also means you are nourishing your cells and helping rid the toxins in your body. This reduces inflammation, which is the main cause of acne and other skin conditions.

Have oily skin? Skin tends to produce even more oil to make up for dryness caused by dehydration. Even if you struggle with oily skin, you should make an effort to drink plenty of water, and your body might regulate its own production of oil. Keep your skin hydrated and help it perform at its best!

Our bodies lose water every day, so staying hydrated is essential to feeling and looking good. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin.

What else can help keep your skin healthy? Alcohol tends to dehydrate your body so cutting down or even eliminating alcohol could do wonders for your skin.

Another tip that helps maximize hydration is to start each day with a 12- to 20-ounce glass of water as soon as you wake up. This habit helps replenish the water you’ve lost while sleeping, and it gives your cells the fuel it needs to function at its best.

When you stay hydrated you will feel and look better. That’s pretty big motivation to make sure you stay on top of your water intake and hydration level. Cheers!

The Commission on Well-Being is on pause due to COVID-19.