Claims have been made that drinking water gives you a radiant, healthy, younger- looking complexion. What we know for sure is that when skin is well hydrated, it’s more plump and resilient. This is due, at least in part, to an ingredient in the skin called hyaluronic acid.

The job of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to hold water. When there is adequate water from inside and out the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. Drinking lots of fluids throughout the day yields the best results.

You’ve probably heard that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is the target but you may need more or less depending on your activity level. Coffee and sodas do not count as water because they contain caffeine, which is a diuretic, meaning they draw water out of your system and your skin.

Skin is an organ, the largest in the body. Like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells and skin cells are made up of water. If your skin is not getting a sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Chronic dehydration will age your skin very quickly, can cause deeper wrinkles and lines, and may cause rashes and eczema

No matter what time of year, you need to drink an adequate amount of pure, clean water every day to stay hydrated – more in summer, after exercise or if you spend all day in a heated or air-conditioned office.

Water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg throughout the day, all high in water content, all assist in hydration. A good habit to maintain your hydration level and overall health is to drink a tall glass of water when you wake up, perhaps even with a squeeze of lemon to alkalize your system.

As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.

So what’s the best way to add water to the skin?

Apply a hydrating moisturizer within 2-3 minutes of leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and is especially receptive to products that are applied following the bath or shower, allowing better absorption.

Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin…but it certainly can’t hurt. Nothing will happen overnight, but even a good couple of weeks of increasing water intake should be enough for you to see how hydration affects your skin.