We can all agree dehydration is not a good look. There’s nothing sexy about withering up like dried fruit. The fact is, our bodies are roughly 60 percent water and we constantly need to replenish our reserves to keep everything running smoothly.
Even though I intellectually understand the health benefits of drinking water, I have to admit, that isn’t motivating enough to improve my habits. What kind of inspo actually works for me? A long, hard look in the mirror. If you won’t up your water intake for health’s sake, at least let your vanity get the best of you.
Here’s a quick guide to the beauty benefits of proper hydration to inspire the shallowest among us (raises hand) to drink up.
How much water do I need each day?
Before we dig into the aesthetics, let’s define proper hydration. Of course, individual needs vary, but a good rule of thumb is the commonly recommended 8×8 rule, which simply translates into eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, for a total daily intake of 64-ounces. However, it’s important to note, that number may be excessive if you’re getting a lot of hydration from other sources, such as water-rich foods.
Keeping that target in mind, listen to your thirst and your body’s other signals to find the amount that works best for you. Adjust according to the following considerations:
- Drink when you’re thirsty.
- Stop when you’re not thirsty anymore.
- Drink extra to make up for additional fluids lost due to exercise and extreme heat.
- Anything darker than light yellow-colored urine means you need to fill up your water bottle asap.
If you’re like me and you’d rather shrivel up into a raisin than swill plain ol’ water, don’t despair — hint® water makes it easy to hit your daily water quota.
Hair gets thirsty! Well, not literally. But water is critical for cell growth and detoxification, thus making it a linchpin for basically every major body system.
When you’re dehydrated, your body begins to conserve water in order to protect your other vital organs. “This can lead to hair loss, thinning, and breakage,” according to Foti. If you want to grow a gorgeous, healthy mane the natural way, drinking plenty of H2O is essential.
I can’t be the only one who would drop a hundred-plus dollars on face cream without flinching, while at the same time neglecting H2O, aka nature’s beauty serum. Needless to say, that’s not a good strategy.
Water is undeniably essential for many of body’s key processes, including absorption, circulation, digestion, excretion – and experts seem to agree about the importance of sufficient fluids when it comes to the skin. My dermatologist asks about my intake during every appointment and my esthetician expresses ongoing concern for my poor, dehydrated face.
Rachel Nazarian, M.D., board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, tells Women’s Health,
“I’ve found that water makes a big difference in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.”
Proper hydration keeps skin dense and elastic, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
In addition to H2O’s anti-aging effects on your appearance, water also gives acne-sufferers reason to rejoice. Supple, hydrated skin can help protect against breakouts and blemishes.
Beyond that, if you forgot your hint® sunscreen at home (tsk tsk) and your poolside stint left you looking like a lobster, consuming plenty of aqua can help you recover faster, dietitian Amanda Foti explained to InStyle. Plus, water’s role in flushing toxins out of your body may lead to a radiant glow. I’ll drink to that!
Hydration is crucial to the structural integrity of nails. Insufficient water intake can lead to brittle, nail prone to breakage, as well as dry, peeling cuticles. Having strong, beautiful nails isn’t an unattainable genetic predisposition (though of course, that doesn’t hurt). If you’ve been paying attention, you already know the hack to nail health. All you have to do is get sipping!
As you can see, water is arguably the best bargain beauty product on the planet. What’s more, if you’re not getting enough, it shows. Dehydration isn’t just a danger to your health, but it can literally make you ugly.
If you abhor regular H2O, I understand your struggle, but then you need stock up on hint and start following a water drinking plan.
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