Does drinking water actually hydrate your skin?

While drinking plenty of water is good for your overall health, it has actually never been clinically shown that drinking excess water is linked to an increase in skin hydration. The water does not make it to upper layer of the skin called the stratum corneum. Any excess water is eliminated through your kidneys.


Usually dryness is from a impaired skin barrier and from lack of lipids (oils) on the skin. Excess use of exfoliators, retin-a, and acids can disrupt the skin barrier leading to transepidermal water loss (TEWL) which dehydrates the skin. When lipids are stripped from the skin by harsh products, the skin becomes less elastic, rigid and seemingly drier. Aging also contributes to low oil production as a result of a decrease in hormone levels. Moisturizers that contain ingredients like triglyceride esters make the skin less rigid and give a hydrated feel to the skin.


Avoid harsh cleansers, hot water, alcohols, and harsh ingredients to keep your skin in good health. Replenish oils and moisturize regularly to avoid TEWL. And do drink your water for overall health!


Visage MedSpa recommends Epionce Skin Care Products. Dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeldt developed Epionce to calm chronic inflammation while repairing and strengthening the skin barrier. The Lytic products encourage cell turnover to cleanse the pores and reveal smoother, more clear looking skin without stripping the skin barrier. The flagship product, Renewal Facial Cream, hydrates, strengthens and repairs the skin barrier while hydrating with botanical oils and promotes collagen synthesis.


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