It should be no surprise that proper hydration can help you have softer and more radiant skin. Everyone needs to drink water to healthy. Water helps lubricate the body and carry vital nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.
Skin Is An Organ
Skin is an organ just like any other. Just like any of your organs, it needs water to stay healthy and active. However, your skin will receive water after all of your more vital organs have had their fill.
Skin Hydration Test
Your skin will typically show you if you are starting to get dehydrated before anything else by wrinkling and becoming less elastic.
A good test to tell if you are becoming dehydrated is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand right on top of your first knuckle.
This will cause the skin to form a ridge. If the skin bounces back to its normal shape within a second of the pinch, then you are sufficiently hydrated.
However, if your skin remains in a pinched form for more than 1 second, then you are starting to become dehydrated.
You should have yourself a glass of water. Mmm. Delicious.
How Does Water Help Your Skin
Your skin is made up of elastin, collagen, and proteins. These substances just like any other in your body are made up primarily of water.
Your body is roughly 73% water. All of your organs and systems rely on your body staying adequately hydrated to function correctly, and your skin is no exception.
How Much Water Should You Drink?
There are many rules for how much water you should consume during the day.
You can even find water consumption calculators that will help you to determine how much water to drink.
A general rule of thumb is to drink water when you are thirsty. When it is cold outside, you may not feel thirsty but should still be sure to drink a reasonable amount of water to avoid dehydration.
What To Do If You Are Dehydrated
If you are experiencing symptoms of dehydration, then you should immediately take action to avoid the problem getting worse.
Start to drink water. Be careful that you do not overdo it and drink too much water. You can do damage to your stomach if you drink too much water at once.
In fact, forcing one to consume too much water is a form of torture that has been used for quite a long time.
If you are feeling nauseated as one of your symptoms, you may need to go to a hospital or clinic to be administered an I/V bag to get water into your bodily systems faster than if you just drank water.
You will only need to go to hospital or clinic in extreme cases.