Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your skin. Because of the way our bodies work, when you become dehydrated, the skin is the first organ to receive less water. Now, bear in mind that feeling thirsty is your body’s way of telling you that you’re dehydrated, that means every time you feel thirsty, your skin’s access to water has already been restricted. In the summer, it becomes even more important to stay hydrated because even with a slight increase in temperature, dehydration becomes far more likely.
Why is it so important?
Your skin needs easy access to water for several reasons, but the first is that on the surface of your skin is an invisible layer called the hydrolipidic film, which is a mixture of oil and water that protects your skin from outside damage and also helps it to retain moisture inside it. Without enough water, the hydrolipidic film doesn’t work properly, causing dehydration, dryness and sometimes, even oiliness. Other reasons to stay hydrated include the fact that dehydrated skin can become lined, look dull, and feel rough.
Remembering to drink enough water can be tricky, especially if you don’t notice you’re thirsty until you’re absolutely gasping for a drink. Get yourself a nice reusable water bottle that you’ll want to keep by your side all the time, and set yourself a goal for how many full bottles you want to have drunk throughout the day. There are lots of apps that can help you to remember as well!
Drinking enough water is the first step towards having great skin, but don’t forget that there are lots of other important things you need to do for your skin, especially in summer. Remember to exfoliate regularly to help maintain healthy skin function, and never skip your SPF!