You know how important a good skincare routine is, which is why you use Fabric’s men’s face care kit. But did you know there’s another important thing you can do for your skin which will cost you absolutely nothing?
Start chugging water—every day, throughout the day, to the tune of one cup every waking hour. It can do you more good than a trip to the spa, and you’ll feel more awake, more alert, and more energetic to boot.
According to the National Academies Institute of Medicine, men require significantly more water than women—3.7 liters per day vs. 2.7. Our bodies use this water for detoxification, for repair, and to maintain appropriate hydration levels in all body tissues—including skin.
Water Benefits for Skin: An In-depth Look
Benefits of Water for Your Skin Include:
- Stave off Premature Aging. Water may seem that it goes straight through you, but it always takes something with it: namely, those toxins which wreck havoc on your skin. That gives an extra lease on life to your skin, and enables it to stay clear, smooth, and blemish free.
- Iron out Those Wrinkles. As your body reaches optimal hydration, so does your skin. When the cells in your epidermis are full of water, they swell up—just enough to give your skin that buoyant, youthful appearance and to eliminate wrinkles. Think of a grape vs. a raisin, and decide which you’d rather be.
- Reduce Puffiness. You want your skin to look healthy, plump, and glowing, but waking up in the morning with a puffy face is no fun. It turns out that facial swelling—edema—is not the result of too much water, it actually happens when you don’t have enough water in your system. Toxins build up, and your body responds by pushing any water it can find into the beleaguered cells in an attempt to dilute the poison. Drink more water, and enable your body to actually flush those toxins out completely.
- Control Acne. Drinking enough water clears and balances your lymphatic system, which is responsible for regulating your body processes and clearing infections. A properly hydrated system also helps to stabilize the secretion of oils in that upper layer of your skin.
The water you’re drinking will do more for you than just flesh out and improve your skin. You’ll feel more alive, less tired, and will experience fewer headaches. Your head may feel clearer and you’ll have an easier time concentrating on your daily tasks.
If you start the day by drinking water on an empty stomach your metabolism is likely to go up, and you’ll find it easier to keep up a healthy weight. When it comes down to it, there aren’t many body systems that won’t do better when you keep yourself well-hydrated.
Enjoying Water Throughout the Day
If you’re not in the habit of drinking water aside from meals, it can be difficult to start. Adding reminders on your smartphone—or perhaps installing an app which makes those automatic—can be helpful for some people. For others, preparing a jug or two of lemon water at the start of the day may be all it takes.
Benefits of lemon water for skin include all those water-benefits we just looked at, plus a few more. For instance, the anti-oxidants it contains will help protect against free radical damage, and the vitamin C in your lemon water will help repair damaged skin cells and brighten your complexion. Vitamin C also turns out to stimulate collagen production—a big benefit, when it comes to your skin!
Drinking water isn’t a substitute for a good skincare routine, but combine it with a good cleanser and moisturizer and you’ll be well on your way to a healthy, glowing complexion.