We have been told time and again that our bodies need at least eight glasses of water per day. Proper hydration is vital to regulating body temperature, retaining good brain function, maintaining energy levels, and preserving a normal digestive system. But how do your daily water consumption habits affect the hydration of your skin? For example, when you do not drink enough water, does your skin become dehydrated? Conversely, when you drink more than the requisite amount of water, does this increase the hydration levels of your skin?
Our body is 60 percent water. Simultaneously, 15 percent of our body weight is in our skin. Certainly, these two numbers cross paths, as being dehydrated can have negative effects on your skin. However, being overhydrated does not necessarily have the opposite effect. In other words, more water doesn’t always equal better skin hydration. When you consume water, it doesn’t just get distributed throughout the skin. It is absorbed into your bloodstream where it affects hydration on a cellular level. Since it is absorbed and utilized in this way, as part of a larger process, your body can suffer the ill effects of dehydration, while not being able to enjoy the benefits of a surplus. If there isn’t enough water being absorbed into your bloodstream, you may experience dry skin (among numerous other dehydration symptoms) because your blood isn’t properly fueled and can’t fully do its job. On the other hand, there is only a certain amount of water that can be absorbed and utilized at a time so the skin will not benefit from over-hydration.
Numerous factors go into how much water it takes to keep your skin properly hydrated and healthy. One of the first to consider is how much you sweat. Naturally, if you sweat, you have a greater need to take in more water than if you don’t sweat a lot. Another factor to consider is diet. The foods you consume determine not only the amount of water your body needs, but how effectively your body can absorb that water. For example, foods with Omega-3’s like cold-water fish or foods that contain linolenic fatty acids like flaxseed help moisturize skin.
Externally, the air around you affects the level of moisture in your skin. Areas with low humidity (under 30%) tend to dry skin out. Consistent wind has the same effect on skin as low humidity. Chapped lips and wind burn are our bodies reacting to the conditions around us. However, this doesn’t mean high levels of humidity are ideal for keeping skin moist. Usually, high humidity is coupled with higher temperatures, which means the body will perspire to regulate its temperature. This, in turn, dries the skin from the inside out. Additionally, higher temperatures usually mean more exposure to the sun, which translates to sunburn.
While knowing the basics about diet and environment can aid in taking care of your skin, one of the often overlooked keys to unlocking the formula to treating your skin lies in your DNA. A skin-care report from DNA4Life looks at nine genes and evaluates everything from your skin’s elasticity to how well your skin naturally hydrates. The report helps eliminate the guess work of knowing which foods, supplements, and vitamins need to be added to or subtracted from your diet in order to maintain your skin’s health. It also provides you with a Hydration Composite Score based on your unique genetics and informs you as to whether you need to take action to mitigate hydration loss. Since your DNA never changes, you can confidently kiss the old trial-and-error approach to skin care good-bye.
If you are tired of the uninformed and expensive “trial and error” method to selecting skin-care products, then DNA4Life is right for you. The DNA4Life Skin Care Report utilizes your personalized genetic data to optimize your skin’s health and vitality.