When you have to take care of your overall health, drinking an adequate amount of water all day is extremely essential. Water not only cleanses your entire body but also helps in proper digestion, absorption, blood circulation, and excretion. So how about drinking gallons of water every day? Do you think it will help you get a radiating skin? Water helps in flushing out harmful toxins from your body. When a large number of unwanted elements are present in your body, it reflects in you through various forms:
- skin diseases
- heart diseases
- lung diseases
- high toxicity in the bloodstream
- kidney disorders and various other malfunctioning of vital organs.
To eradicate these problems, you need water as your flushing system. When you drink ample water throughout the day, it not only eradicates health disorders but also improves your skin texture. Many doctors have conducted experiments concluding the common fact that sufficient water helps in maintaining healthy and young looking skin. Do you think it is true? Or are there any other factors contributing to your skin’s healthy tone?
Different scientific research has proven that water is the major factor that influences healthy and radiant skin complexion. There are obviously other factors involved but if you compromise on water uptake, it shows a negative impact on your health.
What is dehydrated skin?
Ever wondered what will happen to your skin if it does not gain the necessary amount of water? You will land up with dehydrated body and skin.
Now you may often get confused with dehydrated skin and dry skin. Are both the skin types the same? Well, technically they are not. Dehydrated skin is very different from dry skin. The key differences between both are given below for your reference:
- A temporary state of the skin
- Majorly triggered by several external factors
- The incapability of your skin to retain water within its cells. This happens when your lifestyle is unhealthy, or you have unhealthy lifestyle choices like excessive alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Distinguished by inadequate hydration.
- You can cure such skin conditions by topical care and treatments, including change of an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one.
- Permanent skin condition
- You mostly inherit such skin type due to genetic predisposition
- Your skin cells lack the ability to produce oil, thus giving a dry texture. This happens when your hormonal function is not right, majorly an underactive thyroid gland.
- Distinguished by a deficiency of moisture content
- You can undergo topical skin treatments to fix such skin conditions
Symptoms of a dehydrated skin
This is a scratchy feeling that you get whenever you return from a beach or ski vacation. External factors like dry wind and temperature extremities contribute to such itchy sensation on your skin.
These factors absorb the moisture from the outermost epidermal layer of your skin, thereby making it dry, tight and itchy. Such a condition is often followed by white flakes that you may often experience. Skin flakes are nothing but the dried skin cells on your epidermal surface that peel off, giving a rough skin texture.
When your skin becomes dehydrated and dry, this is the most common feature that you will experience. Both the factors (dehydration and dryness) act like pioneers to your highly sensitive skin texture.
When the moisture barrier of your skin gets disturbed, your skin becomes unable to defend itself from harsh environmental factors. Due to this, various pollutants and bacteria penetrate your damaged skin cells via the epidermis causing irritation, redness, and itchiness.
Wrinkles and fine lines
To ensure whether your skin is hydrated or dehydrated, perform this simple test. Squeeze a small portion of your skin on the cheekbones and look for wrinkles or fine lines. If you find either of them showing up on pinching, then be assured that your skin is not sufficiently hydrated. When your skin is dehydrated, the process of aging accelerates. You will find the wrinkles appearing on your face like a network of small, triangle-shaped fine lines.
Are dark circles sign of dehydrated skin?
This is a very common thing that you often observe on your skin underneath your eyes. The reason for having dark circles is not always your stress or extreme depression. Improper hydration of your skin can also be responsible for causing dark circles under your eye sockets. You get these “shadows” below your eyes and even nasal region, giving a very patchy and dark skin complexion. During this time, your skin becomes unable to perform cell turnover.
When your skin doesn’t get sufficient hydration, it starts shedding an epidermal layer to expose dead cell accumulation on the skin surface. Such occurrences contribute to clogging of your skin pores, lack of luster and congestion. Dark circles give you the appearance of sunken eyes and makes your face look dull and gloomy, without any glow. This is the reason why you should put cucumber slices on your eyes to treat dark patches or dark circles. Cucumber has a very high water content that helps in hydrating skin cells near the patches and helps your skin glow.
How to fix dehydrated skin?
- Consume alcohol in given proportions. Completely avoid if conditions are worse.
- Try cutting down on the consumption of coffee. Caffeine is one of the key factors behind a dehydrated skin. If you want to drink coffee, go for a decaffeinated one.
- Do not smoke any forms of tobacco or other substances.
- Regularly workout following a strict and fixed schedule to keep yourself healthy.
- Drink lots of water (starting from at least 2 liters per day) to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Do not forget to take sips of water every twenty minutes during strenuous exercises.
- Follow proper sleep timing. Insomnia can cause several problems related to the health of your skin or overall health.
- Do not take much stress. Extreme anxiety and stress levels also contribute to skin dehydration, along with other health problems.
Such small lifestyle changes can help you treat your dehydrated skin more effectively than any other surgical options.