So there’s this myth that claims drinking water gives you amazing skin. And while it hasn’t yet been scientifically proven, we’re here to say we totally and completely agree.
First of all, the body is 64% water, so it only makes sense that when you drink lots of water and you’re adding to the thing that makes your body run, your skin reacts in kind and becomes visibly healthier.
“I’ve found that water makes a big difference in skin health,” says Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist “Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.”
Water plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to, more or less, get filled in. When skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.
Now, we aren’t saying that if you begin drinking a gallon of water a day, your skin will instantly clear up and all your blemishes will fade away, but with an increase in your water intake, your skin will certifiably get better. Since skin is our largest organ and our main barrier against the outside environment, we need water to keep that barrier intact — dry flaky spots and irritation are all chinks in that armor.
According to Julius Few, M.D., director of The Few Institute, Water may also fend off breakouts by decreasing the concentration of oil on your skin. “It is critical to have a stable balance of water to oil on the surface of skin. If the skin is too heavily covered in oil relative to water, this can lead to clogged pores with acne breakouts and blemishes.”
Every day you should aim to drink about eight to ten cups of water. It’s best to spread them out throughout the day, at different intervals, rather than guzzling it all down at one go. Your body can only handle so much water at one go. After that, you will only pee it out before it gets to your vital organs.