Skin Hydration

Written by Serena Berger
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Hydration is a crucial element to healthy and attractive skin. It's not always easy to keep your skin hydrated, however. When viewed in light of the fact that somewhere between 50 and 70 percent of your body is water, it seems a little ironic that the body's largest organ (the skin) is often severely lacking hydration.

Drinking Water Is Essential for Skin Hydration

You need to drink a lot of water (most studies say eight glasses daily, above and beyond any other fluid intake) in order to make every part of your body work properly. Water is required by every cell in the body, both as nourishment and to aid in the removal of wastes. The skin is not your body's top priority for water distribution--so if you're not getting enough water, skin is likely to suffer in both those regards, becoming thin, weak, dry, and polluted.

Furthermore, while some organs are happy to have water in its normal pure watery form, the skin needs it in some form which is a little less likely to evaporate or flow away. Ideally it is emulsified in some sort of oil (which is a fat) so that you can get the benefits over a longer period of time. That's where moisturizers come in, as they are oil-and-water emulsifications which you can apply any time.

If you keep your skin hydrated, if will be stronger and more resilient, and you will have fewer blemishes. You will also have fewer wrinkles, and the wrinkles that you do have will not be as apparent. Hydration and moisturization plump up the outer layers of skin so that dry, thin skin doesn't sink into all the tiny gaps in the inner layer of structural protein.

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