Home > Community > Hydrate Your Body & Skin

Hydrate Your Body & Skin

hydrate skin and body
Photo de Chris Ralston

Hydrating your body from the inside out is one key element for a healthy and well-sustained body and skin. 

Water and fluids are required for nearly every bodily function, from temperature regulation to digestion and circulation.

It is equally important for our skin. As the largest organ in our bodies, and, like any other organ, when it is well-hydrated, the skin can better protect us from environmental damage, regulate our body temperature, and maintain its elasticity and suppleness.

Let’s explore some of the best ways to hydrate your body and skin, so you can look and feel your best.

Why is Hydration Important for the Body?

Our bodies are composed of approximately 60% water, and we need to continuously replenish our water supply to stay healthy [1]. 

The Role of Water in the Body

Water is involved in a wide range of physiological processes, including:

  • Regulating body temperature: Water helps to regulate our body temperature by absorbing heat and releasing it through sweat [1].
  • Transporting nutrients and oxygen: Water helps to transport nutrients and oxygen to our cells, which are essential for growth and repair [2].
  • Removing waste products: Water helps to flush out waste products and toxins from our bodies through urine and sweat [3].
  • Lubricating joints: Water helps to lubricate our joints, which reduces the risk of injury and improves mobility [4].
  • Supporting digestion: Water helps to break down food and absorb nutrients in the digestive tract [5].

The Effects of Dehydration on the Body

When we don’t drink enough water, our bodies can become dehydrated, which can have a range of negative effects. Some of the consequences [6] include:

  • Fatigue and weakness: When we’re dehydrated, our bodies have to work harder to perform basic functions, which can lead to fatigue and weakness.
  • Headaches: Dehydration can cause headaches and migraines, as it affects the blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain.
  • Kidney damage: Dehydration can put a strain on our kidneys, which can lead to kidney damage or even kidney failure in severe cases.
  • Constipation: Water is essential for maintaining healthy digestion, so when we’re dehydrated, we’re more likely to experience constipation and other digestive issues.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles: When our skin is dehydrated, it can become dull and dry, and even develop fine lines and wrinkles [7].  

The amount of water we need to drink each day depends on a variety of factors, including our age, gender, weight, and activity level. However, the Eatwell Guide [8] recommends drinking at least 6 to 8 cups of water per day for optimal health. This can come from a combination of water, other beverages, and water-containing foods like fruits and vegetables. Shop our drinks here.

Why is Hydration Important for the Skin?

By improving the elasticity of your skin, you can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Not only that, but hydration keeps your skin from breaking out, which can be caused by dry skin [9].

When your skin is dehydrated, you may notice dark circles or puffiness around your eyes [9].

Dehydration may also cause our skin to produce more oil, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. We can help to regulate oil production and reduce the risk of acne and other skin issues by keeping our skin hydrated, cleansed, and moisturized [10].

We recommend using Crème De La Mer The Cleansing Lotion, which is formulated with a supremely milky emulsion that gently removes dirt, calms your complexion, and brings a sense of nourishing purity, or The Organic Pharmacy Flower Petal Deep Cleanser & Mask for a deep cleansing and exfoliating experience that draws out impurities and gently removes dead skin for an instantly brighter complexion with a healthy bloom.

Our skin has a natural barrier that protects it against environmental stressors like pollution and UV rays. When our skin is dehydrated, this barrier weakens, making it more vulnerable to damage. To repair a damaged skin barrier, Dr. Adel [11], the famous TikTok dermatologist, recommends using a gentle cleanser, hyaluronic acid for hydration, ceramides for repair, SPF for sun protection, and occlusives to reduce water loss. An essential routine to give your skin extra care and help it feel and look its best [12].

Additionally, keeping your skin hydrated might help to strengthen the skin barrier, making it more resilient and capable of protecting itself from external irritation [13]. 

Also, remember to apply your skincare down to your neck and use body milks like Dr. Hauschka Quince Hydrating Body Milk, and body butters such as Caudalie’s Vinotherapist Replenishing Vegan Body Butter for a glowy, healthy, and hydrated skin all over your body.  

The Effect of Hydrated Body and Skin on Mental Health

Hydration is essential not only for our physical health but also for our mental health. When our bodies and skin are properly hydrated, it may improve our mood and cognitive function [14]. When our bodies are properly hydrated, our brains perform better on cognitive tasks such as memory and concentration. 

Dehydration, on the other hand, may cause mental fatigue, anxiety, and even depression. In fact, it might cause our bodies to release stress hormones, which can heighten feelings of anxiety and tension. Consequently, dehydration might cause weariness and irritability, which can affect our mood and make stress management more difficult [15].

In conclusion, hydration is essential for both our bodies and our skin and for our physical and mental health. Making hydration a priority in our daily lives can help us improve our overall health and well-being. 

So, let’s all raise a glass of water to good health and hydrated skin!

Reference

[1] “Hydration – British Nutrition Foundation.” Www.nutrition.org.uk, www.nutrition.org.uk/healthy-sustainable-diets/hydration/.

[2] “Learn the Importance of Drinking Plenty of Water.” Www.freedrinkingwater.com, www.freedrinkingwater.com/water-education/water-health-page2.htm.

[3] “Healthy Hydration.” Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, www.kentcht.nhs.uk/leaflet/healthy-hydration/.

[4] Health, Optimum. “Why Drinking Water Is Good for Your Joints.” Optimum Health Rehab, 16 June 2021, optimumhealthrehab.com/blog/why-drinking-water-is-good-for-your-joints/.

[5] Migala, Jessica. “The Health Benefits of Water.” EverydayHealth.com, 16 Feb. 2015, www.everydayhealth.com/water-health/water-body-health.aspx.

[6] Hignett, Johanna. “The Importance of Hydration.” Www.bda.uk.com, 19 Aug. 2019, www.bda.uk.com/resource/the-importance-of-hydration.html.

[7] “Dehydration Lines vs Wrinkles.” Charlotte Tilbury, www.charlottetilbury.com/uk/secrets/dehydration-lines-vs-wrinkles. ‌

[8] National Health Service. “The Eatwell Guide.” Nhs.uk, 2019, www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/food-guidelines-and-food-labels/the-eatwell-guide/.

[9] Ayse. “How to Increase Skin Hydration?” Skin Perfection, 2 Apr. 2021, www.skinperfectionlondon.co.uk/2021/04/how-to-increase-skin-hydration/.

[10] “Is There a Connection between Dehydrated Skin and Acne?” Temple Clinic, www.templeclinic.co.uk/insights/is-there-a-connection-between-dehydrated-skin-and-acne/.

[11] “Dr Adel | Dermatology Doctor (@Dermatology.doctor).” TikTok, https://www.tiktok.com/@dermatology.doctor.

[12] “Dr Adel | Dermatology Doctor on TikTok.” TikTok, www.tiktok.com/@dermatology.doctor/video/7013791596781030661.

[13] “Skin Barrier Function and How to Repair and Care for It.” Healthline, 16 Sept. 2020, www.healthline.com/health/skin-barrier.

[14] Riebl, Shaun K, and Brenda M Davy. “The Hydration Equation: Update on Water Balance and Cognitive Performance.” ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, vol. 17, no. 6, 2013, pp. 21–28, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25346594, https://doi.org/10.1249/FIT.0b013e3182a9570f.

[15] “Dehydration and Anxiety: Understanding the Connection.” Healthline, 15 Dec. 2020, www.healthline.com/health/anxiety/dehydration-and-anxiety.