You’ve heard through the years from many skin and health experts how much drinking water helps your skin to stay hydrated. But did you know that research has actually shown that drinking water is actually the least efficient way to hydrate the skin? Yet this belief still continues. I have had so many clients through the years that I will comment on how dry or dehydrated their skin looks, and they’ll always come back with “But I drink so much water.”
Did you know that when you drink water, it doesn’t go directly to the skin? It runs through the intestines, gets absorbed into your bloodstream, and then is filtered out by the kidneys. At this point, it will hydrate the cells inside the body.
Hydration levels in the skin have very little to do with drinking water internally, but rather how you treat your skin on the surface. For example, if you’re using harsh bar soaps and detergent-based cleansers to wash your face, they will have a bigger impact on the lack of hydration in the skin than not drinking water ever will. (All Renée Rouleau gel cleansers are non-drying and sulfate free.)
But there is one very noticeable difference in the skin where I know IT IS directly related to drinking water, and this is under eye puffiness. Both eating high sodium foods (particularly at night) and not drinking an adequate amount of water will definitely cause you to retain excess fluids around the eyes and experience more than normal under eye puffiness. I know firsthand that when I have not been drinking enough water during the day, the following morning I will always be puffier under my eyes than normal. Add in a high sodium dinner such as Chinese food, and no matter how much water I drink, I will always be puffy…
Keep in mind that if you have genetic bags (loss of tone under the eyes) and chronic puffiness that is always there, drinking water may not have an effect in reducing this. I am specifically referring to puffiness that is not normally there – this is where drinking water can have a positive impact.
Bottom line: Drinking water is very important for keeping the body hydrated, but from a skin standpoint, it can make far more of an improvement for unnecessary puffiness than it will to keep your skin hydrated.
Do you use an eye cream? If not, you should. I love using Total Eye Repair Cream which is loaded with potent anti-aging ingredients to keep the eye area moist and smooth.
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