Hydration is integral to how we function and feel inside and out. The long and short of it is that your body needs water to survive, with every cell, tissue, and organ requiring regular hydration to stay healthy and in good working order.
Without the right amount of water, your body will become dehydrated. A process that can be life-threatening and debilitating. In its mildest form, dehydration can leave you thirsty, fatigued and light headed, with reduced coordination, muscle cramps, and headaches just a small selection of the side effects you’re likely to experience.
A lack of water can leave you looking pretty awful too, with your skin being one of the first things to suffer. Well, enough of the negatives! The positive is that by drinking plenty of water you can feel and look your very best. Glowing skin is one perk that drinking lots of the good stuff can bring.
In this blog post, we discover just how helpful water is in achieving that coveted glowing look and how you can boost your intake, even when the weather is a little less forgiving outside.
Why now is the right time of year to hydrate
The harsh winter weather can take its toll on your complexion. Even the shift from warm to cold weather can cause a variety of problems as dermatologist Joshua Zeichner details:
“Rapid fluctuations in weather can take its toll on our skin as it adjusts to the new environment. For example, as we shift from summer to fall, temperature and humidity will drop quickly, so the skin will have to work harder to maintain adequate hydration as cold weather and wind start to kick in… this can lead to cracks in the outer skin layer, loss of hydration, and inflammation — all of which can seriously impact the overall state of your skin health.”
Whilst going natural with your skincare products will certainly help, hydration is the key to countering the shock that the changing climate can have on your system. Drinking water at this time of year will leave you feeling better too, especially if you’ve enjoyed a few too many Christmas tipples. Water is the ultimate hangover cure, with great hydration the key to restoring lost fluids and easing the painful symptoms of a hangover.
It’s not just during winter that hydration is important. Drinking the recommended eight glasses per day, will improve the condition and appearance of your skin dramatically.
A great way to get in your needed H20 is by drinking a range of delicious teas. Check out my post on this topic here.
How H2O helps your skin
Staying hydrated all year round, especially during the winter unlocks several benefits for your health and well-being, and more specifically for your skin. Without the right hydration, the appearance of skin is generally duller and the pores more prominent. Water has also been described as the ultimate youth serum too.
Water intake helps to maintain the elasticity of the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, scars and fine lines. Sagging skin is less common in people who drink lots of water every day, with hydration thought to encourage the tightening effects that unlock a healthy, natural glow.
Good hydration means hydration, with sufferers of eczema, psoriasis or mildly dry skin able to enjoy soft and supple complexions. It’s not just your skin that will feel the effects of great hydration. Drinking more water can boost the appearance and health of your hair. Discover more about the benefits of drinking water for your hair.
Drinking more water this season
With the plummeting temperatures, you may not want to reach for an ice cold glass of water. But staying hydrated is particularly important for your skin and the rest of your body when cooler weather and festive fatigue strike.
Drinking water with every snack and meal is a simple way to up hydration throughout the day. You don’t have to stick with plain, old water either. Herbal teas are great winter warmers, they’re also healthy, caffeine free, and tasty. Eat your way to glowing skin by incorporating water-rich fruits and vegetables into your diet to boost water intake. Hydrate wherever you are by taking a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go.
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