The biggest organ in the human body is the skin. Skin represents 16% of the total body weight and it contains 64% water. Knowing that lack of proper hydration can cause the body’s organs to malfunction or tire out, skin is no exception to it. When the skin is dehydrated its defenses are weakened which leads to skin sensitivity, irritation, and premature aging.
Balanced skin relies on the health of the body’s natural skin moisturizing process. Dehydration can make a person experience symptoms such as dryness, flakiness, roughness, irritation or even cracking. All of which contribute to the look of prematurely aged skin.
Dehydrated skin is less effective as a protective barrier and will likely react more easily to active ingredients or outside elements; otherwise referred to as sensitive skin. Outside elements such as extreme temperatures, air-conditioning, heaters, soap, medications, sun, alcohol, and smoking can all affect your skin’s ability maintain healthy water levels.
As summer temperature rises, sun exposure is a huge factor of skin dehydration; ultraviolet rays break down fiber in the skin known as elastin, while the sun absorbs water. This breakdown of elastin fiber prevents the skin from being able to snap back into shape, resulting in wrinkles. Water loss in the top layer of skin through external elements often leads to lines and wrinkles appearing deeper and more pronounced, while also creating additional lines that add to the look of prematurely aged skin.
The question remains: how much DAILY water INTAKE is right for me?
Daily water intake needs are unique to every individual body and should not follow generic recommendations (X many glasses of water per day) to avoid subpar hydration results. Current hydration level, inflammation, body weight, activity level and lifestyle among other factors will significantly affect water daily intake requirements. The good news is that, individualized daily water consumption can be easily determined with a simple, fast, affordable and non-invasive Hydration Assessment test. The outcome of the test will accurately determine your body’s hydration level and let you know how much water your unique body needs to be properly hydrated on a daily basis thereby prevent chronic dehydration. According to the Institute of Medicine, 75% of American may suffer from chronic dehydration. A Hydration test can provide you with the information necessary to stay away from this unfortunate statistic.
In addition to skin condition, data-driven proper hydration will significantly improve health, wellness, longevity, and performance and will help you feeling and looking younger.
Let’s drink (water) to that!