5 Skin Issues You Can Avoid with Hydration

5 Skin Issues You Can Avoid with Hydration

Does your skin often feel dry and flaky? Are you noticing new wrinkles or increased breakouts?

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. While many things affect the health of your skin — including genetics, sun exposure and pollution — one of the biggest contributors to skin health is hydration.

Skin is made up of about 30% water. Dehydration can cause a host of skin issues including dry skin, excessive oil production, acne, sagging, and wrinkles.

Staying hydrated can help prevent these issues and keep your skin glowing...


DRY SKIN
Boosting your hydration can help your skin stay bright. In fact, a 2015 study published in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology found that increasing water intake has the same effect on your skin as using a topical moisturizer, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Dealing with dry skin is one of the first signs of dehydration. Dry skin can cause irritation, flakiness and itchiness.

According to the National Institutes of Health, “cutaneous water content is known to play an important role in different skin functions, such as the water ‘barrier’ function.” Simply put, drinking more water helps your barrier function to keep water and electrolytes in and skin irritants out — making your skin look better and feel better.


EXCESSIVE OIL PRODUCTION
Oily skin is a nuisance, and it can be difficult to know how to treat it. Many people think oily skin is caused by too much moisture. Actually, it’s the opposite. When your skin is dehydrated, it protects itself from the damage of dry skin by producing excessive oil.

When you’re hydrated, your skin doesn’t have to protect itself. Over time, oil production from your skin decreases. Once your body can regulate the amount of oil it produces, it leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.


ACNE
No one wants to deal with unsightly and painful breakouts that come with acne. While many things can contribute to acne — like excessive oil production, toxins in your body, and your immune system — hydration is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting acne.

As noted above, staying hydrated is the best way to stop excessive oil production. Proper hydration also supports immune functioning, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and flushes toxins from your body — fighting many significant issues that contribute to acne as well.


SAGGING
Do you notice under eye bags when you wake up in the mornings? As we grow older, our skin loses its elasticity and density. This leads to puffiness and dark circles around our eyes and other sagging skin.

Staying hydrated reduces the signs of aging. Hydration improves elasticity and skin thickness, reducing the puffiness and sagginess in our skin, especially in those who don’t typically drink enough water.


WRINKLES
Curbing wrinkles starts before they even form. Wrinkles appear much more easily when you’re dehydrated because your skin is less elastic and resilient. Although many other things can certainly contribute to wrinkles, the best prevention is hydration, which slows down the formation of wrinkles and keeps your skin fresh.


HOW TO STAY HYDRATED
Keeping your skin hydrated can help you avoid these common issues. You can help your skin maintain its hydration by taking these steps:
• avoid hot water
• keep your skin covered when it’s cold
• use a humidifier in the winter
• avoid skincare products with fragrances or alcohol (check the ingredient list to be sure!)
• apply a moisturizer right after you take a bath or shower

And the best and easiest way to stay hydrated? Make sure you’re drinking enough water and providing your body with the nutrients it needs!


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