What is the largest organ in your body? A lot of us fell for this trick question in primary school, with answers such as the stomach, the liver, the brain - but, as many of us learn, it’s actually the skin. Even though the skin is the largest organ in our body, it’s often given surprisingly little attention when it comes to personal care. Our skin protects our body against chemicals and pesticides, regulates body temperature, and protects us from UV radiation.
Looking after your skin can help to improve your overall health, and perhaps the most important factor when it comes to skincare is proper hydration. You lose large amounts of water each day through natural processes, so it’s important to drink at least eight glasses of water each day to prevent dehydration. Drinking plenty of fluids can help you to feel great and look your best at any age.
Sufficient hydration is just as important, if not more so, than anti-aging creams and moisturisers when it comes to your daily skincare routine. Without enough water, your skin is bound to dry out, which can exacerbate the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Drinking water plumps up skin tissue for a more youthful complexion, replenishing cells and improving elasticity. Hydration helps to keep skin soft and supple as you age by supporting the collagen structure underneath and increasing dermal blood flow. Enhanced blood circulation keeps your skin healthy by supplying it with more oxygen, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Flush Out Toxins
As you would expect, more water flowing through your system reduces the concentration of dangerous toxins in your bloodstream and helps to eliminate dangerous substances through waste products. Toxins such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead can be sweated out through pores in the skin, and increasing your water intake helps to encourage this. Proper hydration will also improve digestion and increase your metabolic rate, helping your body to eliminate toxic elements more efficiently on a day-to-day basis.
Combat Skin Disorders
If you have sensitive skin, moisturisers aren’t always the best way to keep hydrated. While they make your skin soft, heavy moisturisers can leave you feeling greasy and lead to blemishes. Instead, drinking enough fluids helps to make skin less oily, which can eliminate clogged pores and cause breakouts. Plump, elastic skin is also less likely to dry out and crack, reducing the risk of blemishes, irritation and even infection. If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, drinking plenty of fluids can help to reduce or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms.
Jess Walter, Freelance Writer