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Healthy Skin: The Importance of Water

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Healthy Skin: The Importance of Water

Did you know that about 65% of your growing body is water? Every cell in your body is full of it. When evaluating a simple but easy solution to healthy skin, consider adding water to your skincare routine.

Your skin is your largest organ and covers your whole body. It needs water to stay healthy, keep you cool, and maintain optimal circulation. The connection between healthy skin and water consumption is easy: drinking water is key to taking care of your tween skin.

Benefits of Water for the Body and Skin

Humans can go weeks without food, but they can only go a few days without water. We cannot digest food, move nutrients around our body, or maintain healthy habits without water. Blood, which is 92% water, transports nutrients, oxygen, and energy throughout your body. Water helps your body regulate temperature and fight infections.

Water is also essential to a healthy skincare routine because it heals and nurtures our largest organ. Tween skin is continuously changing, and water is an easy solution to help you through these changes.

Water Improves Skin Tone

Water intake allows for increased blood flow throughout the body and skin. When tween skin is hydrated, it is fuller and more refreshed. Therefore, drinking water creates radiance and evens tone.

Faster Healing

Water has a healing effect because it hydrates and rejuvenates. Drinking or applying water to the skin after exercise, sunbathing, or hot baths or saunas can reduce the skin's damage and stress.

Prevents Acne

Since water flushes out toxins in the body, drinking enough can help with common acne problems related to oil build-up and inflammation. It creates a foundation for healthy skin.

Helps with Dry Skin

Since all of our cells need water to function, it is best to keep them hydrated. Signs of dry skin include flaking, itching, redness, and dullness. Drinking enough water helps brighten and hydrate dry skin. It is an essential skincare need to keep your tween skin hydrated and radiant.

How Much Water is Enough?

Now that we know water is necessary to maintain healthy skin, we need to discuss how much water you should drink. Most scientists suggest that tweens and teens drink between 7-9 cups of water a day.

Sources of water can include: 

  • Tap water
  • Mineral water
  • Water naturally flavored with mint, basil, lemon, cucumber
  • Eating fruits and vegetables
  • Eating soup

If you live in an arid or high-altitude location, you should also drink more than 7-9 cups. You should also drink more if you are exercising. Ideally, you should drink a half cup to two cups of water every 15 minutes of exercise. Drinking water that is room temperature is best for digestion and absorption.

WARNING

Before you start some water drinking challenge on Tik-Tok, note that you can also over-indulge; water intoxication is when you drink too much water. It can cause severe health issues, including impeding brain functions and decreasing sodium levels so much that it causes hyponatremia, a life-threatening illness. Rest assured, for most people, this will never be an issue; drink half of your body weight in ounces a day and you will be safe.

How to Know You are drinking Enough Water

The easiest way to monitor your water intake is to buy a large bottle marked for optimum water intake.  Usually, they’re marked with motivation (keep going! drink up!) or times so that you can pace your water consumption. You can also get an 8-ounce bottle or glass and wrap 7-9 rubber bands on it. Each time you finish the entire thing, you take a rubber band off. Take off all the rubber bands in a day, and you have had your fair share of water for your healthy skin.

Study after study shows that adding water to your skincare routine will create healthy skin. Your tween skin is probably going through lots of changes. Drinking water is one step in your skincare routine that can prevent a lot of common skin problems.