The blinding afternoon sun took a toll on the blue hydrangeas in our backyard leaving them looking depleted and sad. But they quickly sprung back to life when I gave them a long drink of water. It made me wonder if the 8-10 glasses we are told to drink every day has a similar rejuvenating impact on our skin 💧
So I looked to see if there is any research behind my “hydrangea” theory when it comes to our skin. (Turns out since water can’t be patented, big pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to fund these types of studies.) So while there isn’t much data out there on water being a magical skin elixir, we do know that your skin is made up of cells, which need water to function properly. Drinking water ensures that nutrients are delivered to cells keeping them hydrated and plump. So while it isn’t a scientific fact that plump cells lead to plump skin, I can report from my own unscientific study that downing at least 10 glasses/day does make me feel better and seems to give my skin a more radiant glow ✨
So for skin hydration— here’s what science has factually proven:
- Diet plays a critical role in helping skin hold onto moisture. Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids like walnuts, flaxseed, salmon and olive oil can help skin cells stay hydrated. Aim for 3-5 servings/week.
- Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize. Apply a hydrating moisturizer within a minute or two of bathing. Wet skin is porous skin and you’ll get better absorption.
- Protection: Minimize your exposure to the sun—use a chemical free sunscreen and apply at least every 2 hours. I can’t overstate this one enough. Premature wrinkles, brown spots, cancer. There is no pretty outcome to getting a tan.
Which brings me back to my “hydrangea theory”: Too much sun and not enough water and we look and feel lousy. So don’t wait until you are thirsty; stay hydrated to look and feel your best 💦