Hydrated Skin: Does Drinking Water Helps?

images (10)Although proper hydration is important for your overall health, it’s not clear whether drinking extra water affects skin hydration in healthy people.

Skin is made up of three layers — the outer layer (epidermis), the underlying skin (dermis) and the subcutaneous fat tissue. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water, skin will lose elasticity and feel rough. Despite this connection, however, there’s a lack of research showing that drinking extra water has any impact on skin hydration or appearance.

If you’re looking to maintain hydrated skin, there are steps you can take, including:

Avoid exposure to dry air

Avoid prolonged contact with hot or chlorinated water

Use a gentle cleanser instead of soap

Avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol

Moisturize immediately after a bath or shower and regularly throughout the day

Use a humidifier

Wear a scarf and gloves when going out in cold weather

If you’re concerned about dry skin, contact your health care provider or a dermatologist.

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