What’s the secret to healthy, youthful skin? If you ask any celebrity, it’s drinking tons of water.
Although we don’t recommend taking everything celebrities say as truth, they are right in this case. Scientific studies do show that getting plenty of water each day can benefit you in more ways than one.
What are the benefits of drinking water for skin? Here is what you need to know:
- While there is little research on the topic of water and skin, some studies do show that drinking water can improve its appearance and health.
- Drinking enough fluids can boost kidney function and support a healthy immune system, both of which can improve the appearance of your skin.
- Drinking water shouldn’t be a substitute for a daily skin care regimen.
1. Younger-Looking Skin
Want to look youthful and radiant? Be sure to drink enough fluids during the day. Studies show that increasing your water intake can provide similar benefits to those of moisturizing your skin.
A French study saw an improvement in the skin of subjects who drank additional natural mineral water, noting the smooth and softness of their skin (see claim: “…natural mineral water supplementation may be used in order to improve the hydration of skin dryness as a complementary cosmetic approach.”)
2. Supports Kidney Function
Let’s be clear that “detox treatments” in the form of disgusting smoothies and colon-cleansing tablets aren’t necessary to rid your body of toxins. In fact, your body’s kidneys do this just fine on their own.
However, drinking enough fluids each day can help boost kidney function, which is key to achieving healthier skin (see claim: “…the kidneys function more efficiently in the presence of an abundant water supply.”) But before you start chugging water, you should know that drinking excess water won’t magically transform your kidneys into toxin-ridding machines.
The opposite is true. Drinking too much water can be hard on your kidneys and result in a dangerous condition called hyponatremia. Bottom line: Be sure to stay hydrated, but don’t overdo it.
3. Boost Immune System
If you don’t want to choke down a V8 when you’re sick, just drink water with lemon (for vitamin C) instead. Drinking enough fluids can support healthy immune function and help your body fight off infections.
Additionally, drinking water can help replace any fluids lost during a cold or nasty flu, helping us speed up our recovery time. Replacing lost fluids will also keep our skin hydrated and healthy.
4. Lose Weight
Being mindful of your water intake can also help you stay trim and fit. Numerous studies have found that drinking water before meals has a significant, positive impact on energy, weight and body fat percentage.
Drinking water makes you feel satiated, which in turn helps avoid tempting foods that are loaded with processed sugars and fats. Diet plays an enormous role in the appearance of our skin and cutting out these foods can significantly benefit our skin.
Drinking water is satiating and will also help you avoid drinking too much alcohol. As some men already know, alcohol can wreak havoc on your skin by disrupting your hormones.
5. Improve Circulation
Drinking water can also improve the body’s blood flow, which can help nourish skin cells and give your skin a dewy, youthful appearance. To maximize this effect, consider drinking hot water in the form of tea.
Improved blood flow can help decrease the appearance of under-the-eye bags and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. If you want to achieve similar effects, use our EYES eye cream for men, which uses Vitamin B3 to boost circulation and tighten your skin!
The benefits of drinking water are vast. And unlike many health fads, there is zero chance that we will eventually discover that water is somehow bad for us.
Do keep in mind that water shouldn’t be a stand-alone cure for your skin care woes. By supplementing water with a powerful skin care regimen, you can achieve healthy, glowing skin with hardly any effort on your part.