Hydration Starts Within
We all know drinking lots of water is good for our skin. But do you really know why?
The Wonders of Water
About 60% of your body is made of water, so it makes sense that water plays an important role in your body's functions. Water is like the ultimate highway, transporting nutrients to your cells and whisking away toxins. The next time you feel thirsty, grab a glass of water, because your skin and the rest of your body, will thank you!
Many people underestimate the power of drinking water and the positive effects it can have on your skin and overall health. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, made up of tiny cells which store lipids and water. Drinking more water is the most natural way to get that plump, glowing and healthy skin we all want.
Let’s take a look at the 2 most important ways drinking water helps improve your skin:
Drinking water will flush out the toxins in your body, especially the harmful toxins that can take a toll on your overall health. Many people go on juice cleanses to flush out toxins, but maintaining a healthy diet and drinking water will help reduce toxins all the same.
Certain kinds of toxins will also clog the small pores on your epidermis and can cause congestion. That means we're left with blackheads, whiteheads or worse...pimples. However, the more hydrated your skin, the less your pores will clog.
Maintains Your Skin's Elasticity
Water keeps your body hydrated, refreshed and helps maintain your skin’s elasticity. People who drink large amounts of water are less likely to form scars, wrinkles and soft lines. The same applies for those who regularly exfoliate! As you grow older, it is tougher for your body to retain water, so by inputting more water into your system, you are helping your body and skin stay hydrated.
Hydration, therefore, starts within. The key to an effective skincare routine and achieve healthy skin is drinking lots of water. This way, you'll be hydrating at the cellular level. However, If you want to do everything you can to moisturise your skin, don't stop at applying moisturisers and drinking a lot of water. You can make "you are what you eat" your new mantra and choose foods based on how they will help your skin.
Foods That Moisturise Skin
To get the most out of your daily meals, try including the following items in your diet:
Omega-3s - Try adding flaxseed, salmon and walnuts to your diet to boost your omega-3 intake and moisturise your skin. Some research suggests that foods that have vitamin E in addition to omega-3s, such as nuts and whole grains, provide an extra skin booster.
Spinach - Spinach is chock full of vitamins, such as skin-strengthening vitamin A.
Berries - They're not just tasty, but also really good for healing your skin. Berries contain juice to help you hydrate and also contain antioxidants and vitamin C that protect your skin.
What you put in your mouth can help your skin, but if you want to keep that healthy glow, there are also some foods and beverages you should avoid.
Foods That Dehydrate Skin
Alcohol - Acts as a diuretic, meaning it causes your body to create more urine. Urinating more than usual can dehydrate you, because extra fluid is leaving the body.
Caffeine - Acts as a mild diuretic. So, you don't necessarily have to give up your morning cup of coffee, but you should at least be aware of how much caffeine you're drinking and what it can do to your skin.
This is particularly important during the cooler months. Dry skin is very common in winter when the humidity level outside drops. Outside air becomes cold and dry, so the water in your skin evaporates more quickly, making your skin feel dry, tight and flaky. Tip: Buff away with our face exfoliators.
Whilst we strongly encourage drinking lots of water this winter, Santé is first and foremost about sustainability.
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