10 Factors that Influence Skin: 2. Hydration
Factors that Influence Skin: Hydration
No amount of topical or external treatments can maintain long lasting results if skin isn’t being supported by whole body health from the inside out.
In this series we will be taking a holistic look at the 10 factors that influence skin…
Over half of our body weight is water. Every single body system depends on it, including the skin. Dehydration can cause the skin to look withered and less firm while also causing water retention and puffiness. Lines and wrinkles become more pronounced and dark circles can form under the eyes.
Internal hydration and proper fluid metabolism is essential to keep skin looking and functioning its best, but how much water do we actually need to drink per day?
As if often the case, there is no one-size-fits-all guideline. The amount of water you require can depend on your size, activity level, and environment (hot or dry climates will require more). Illness or pregnancy will also change the amount of water you need.
A good way to gauge if you are hydrated is to check the colour of your urine. Other than the first pee of the morning, your urine should run clear throughout the day. You shouldn’t feel particularly parched, although, thirst alone isn’t reliable as it is possible with chronic dehydration for the thirst mechanism to shut down.
My recommendations for staying hydrated are:
- Drink a large glass of warm or room temperature first thing when you wake up to replenish the fluids lost overnight. I like to leave a glass on my bedside table to drink in the morning before I even get out of bed.
- Carry a water bottle with you to remind you to drink water and sip on during the day.
- Increase your water consumption after exercise, in the heat, on a plane, or if you loose fluids from vomiting or diarrhea.
- You can contribute to your fluid consumption with homemade broths, herbal tea, and high-water fruits and vegetables. Just remember, your body still needs mostly plain, fresh water to carry out its cellular functions and look its best. Though caffeinated beverages contain water, they also act as diuretics and will not be your best choice for good hydration.
- Avoid sugary drinks which can wreak havoc on the skin. This category technically includes fruit juice so beware!
- Find the taste of water too plain? Try adding a few slices of lemon or some cucumber and mint.
- Room temperature to warm liquids are easier for your body to absorb. For the most part, avoid ice-cold beverages which are a shock to the system and can cause your digestion to under-function over time.
- A rough guideline as establish by the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) is 3L of fluids/day for men and 2.2L of fluids/day for women. You can keep that volume in mind as you adjust to suit your individual needs.
- Stop drinking fluids an hour or so before bed to avoid waking to pee all night. If you have stayed hydrated throughout the day, you shouldn’t be super thirsty at night.
Staying hydrated allows your body to flush toxins from vital organs, carry nutrients to your cells, and perform all the amazing activities that allows your body to flourish. More radiant, glowing skin could just be a bottle of water away!
To find out more about Acupuncture for Facial Renewal or to book an appointment with Christina, you can reach Acubalance Wellness Centre at: 604.678.8600