Water: An Overlooked Building Block of Good Skin

Dr Leat during a Regenera Activa Treatment Hair Loss Consultation

One of the most underused and overlooked substance for healthy skin is not a miracle drug or expensive creams. In fact, chances are it is readily available and it’s absolutely free – water.
While the recommended daily intake of water is 8 to 10 glasses, not all must be consumed in liquid form. Almost every food and drink has water content. Water consumption will not fix every skin issue; however, it is still a vital building block for the health of skin. When you are well hydrated, your skin will be as firm and plump as possible. A person who lacks water reserves in the body can become severely dehydrated. As a result, the skin will become flaccid, limp, wrinkled and does not bounce back immediately when pinched. Also, the skin can become dry and flaky if it lacks water reserves. The outer layer of the skin called the stratum cornea and must be hydrated by a topical hydration such as having a shower and follow this by applying a moisturiser to prevent water from evaporating. These moisturisers will bind water and trap the moister in the skin to prevent drying. Drinking water will not hydrate the skin’s outer layer.

If you suspect that your diet lacks water, take a few days to record food and beverages you consume daily. You may be drinking less water than you realise. Tracking your water intake is a good way to assess your hydration status and create a beautiful complexion.