Here we are in July and the temperatures are really heating up in some parts of the country. We’re all headed outdoors to take advantage of the warmer days – whether it’s to exercise, lounge by the pool, bbq, camp, or head to the beach or lake, we’re all being exposed to the heat and the dehydrating effects of the sun on our skin. Drinking enough water is critical to the maintenance of our skin and it is easily one of the most underutilized methods of skin care.
As we get older, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture. We battle dry, flaky skin; fine lines appear, and our wrinkles deepen. According to WebMD, “Water is nature’s own beauty cream.” Drinking water hydrates skin cells and plumps them up, and it can flush out impurities and improve blood flow, which in turn can give a face a healthier glow and a younger look. By nourishing our skin from the inside we can decrease the amount of dryness, limit the fine lines and keep our skin looking good all around.
In addition to the reduction of moisture retention, the production of collagen in our skin is also reduced as we age. Collagen is a main structural protein that is essential to skin’s molecular structure. It is the glue that holds our skin together and when it becomes compromised, through age, activity or abuse, the effects show on our skin. By keeping our skin properly hydrated, we allow the effects of reduced collagen production to be less noticeable.
The common misconception about hydration is that it means a person has to drink water. The age old wisdom of ‘8 glasses 8 times a day’ has been the recommended amount that we have all heard over and over. Though there are many liquids that can aid in hydration, the Mayo Clinic recommends sticking with water because it’s “calorie-free, caffeine-free, inexpensive and readily available.” Keep in mind though, that as much as we want to stay properly hydrated, it shouldn’t mean we need to stress out about exactly how much water we are drinking. So go ahead and count that cup of coffee in the morning and that soda in the afternoon, but remember that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we need to make sure we drink more good old-fashioned water than sugary, calorie-filled drinks.
Another way to get our bodies and skin properly hydrated is to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables with high water concentrations. The obvious benefit here is that not only will we be helping hydrate our bodies and skin, but these vegetables and fruits each offer their own health advantages outside of hydration – from guarding against various types of cancers to restoring lost electrolytes.
Some examples of such vegetables (and their water concentration percentages) are:
Bell peppers (92%)
Raw broccoli (91%)
Iceberg lettuce (96%)
Some examples of fruits that have high concentrations of water are:
So, drinking water (and avoiding drinks with added sugars) and eating a healthy fruit and vegetable filled diet can all combine to hydrate our bodies from the inside. Meanwhile, on the outside, to treat those wrinkles and fine lines that have already presented themselves, we can turn to SilcSkin’s medical grade silicone pads for our face and chest. Silicone has properties that help strengthen skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give skin a more youthful and healthy glow. The easiest part is that you can wear the pads at night while you sleep. Hydrate by day, SilcSkin by night. That’s the easiest and most inexpensive anti-aging one-two punch you’re going to find.