Water, water everywhere. But how hydrated is your skin?

It’s something I ask many of my clients when they inquire as to how they can improve their skin. How much water do you drink?

Back in our parents’ generation, few people walked around carrying water bottles. But because science began teaching us about the many gifts hydration offers our bodies both inside and outside, people began waking up to it. Many of us underestimate the power of drinking water, especially to our skin — the largest organ in our bodies. Our skin is the vessel that protects us, storing lipids and water, preventing fluid loss and serving as a regulator. Drinking more water is the way to get that beaming, glowing and healthy skin we all want.

Do you have saggy skin? Rapid shedding of fat or extreme weight loss may cause this, as well as aging. But did you know that by drinking ample amounts of water day-in and day-out, you can slowly tighten your skin and maintain a healthy glow?

Maintaining a good pH balance in your skin is vitally important. Technically speaking, the pH of any substance ranges from 0-14 with 14 containing the most alkaline and 0 being highly acidic. A pH value of 7 is neutral and is the exact pH value of pure water. Healthy skin is accompanied by a balanced pH value, which is why I encourage you to wash your skin thoroughly with water after using face wash. 

Everyone’s body contains toxins, whether we like it or not. They are in the air we breathe. Drinking water flushes out the harmful toxins in your body that can take a toll on your overall health as well as that of your skin. Many people go on juice diets in order to flush out toxins, but maintaining a healthy diet and drinking water will help flush out toxins just as efficiently.

Wrinkles form when your skin loses elasticity. Water keeps your body hydrated and refreshed and helps maintain your skin’s elasticity. In fact, people who drink large amounts of water are less likely to suffer from scars, wrinkles, and soft lines.  The aging process makes it  tougher for your body to retain water, so by inputting more water into your system, you are helping your body and your skin stay hydrated. And zits? Who want them? Some toxins will clog your small pores on your epidermis, causing acne and pimples. By drinking more water helps prevent severe pimples and acne. 

It’s not only vital to drink 6-8 glasses of water per day; it’s paramount to clean your skin with water thoroughly. While it may not seem ideal to take a bath or shower every day, especially during the colder months, it is great for your skin to cleanse your body with water to clear out and unclog pores to keep your skin moist and healthy.

Gently give your skin a pinch and see if it bounces back. If it doesn’t, you need to drink more water to hydrate yourself and to plump up your cells. Areas such as the skin under your eyes can become dark if you’ve lost elasticity and are not hydrated.

From helping your skin maintain elasticity, to reducing wrinkles and fine lines, water can do amazing things for your skin and for your overall health. At the Healing Station, we offer skin treatments that make your skin dewey and renewed, including clinical peels and so much more. We also offer a wide array of medical grade skin care products to keep your skin looking youthful, healthy and beautiful.

Beautifully yours,

Connie Chan

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