Does drinking more water improve skin?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve all been told we need to drink at least 8 cups of water a day to have crazy good looking skin and a hydrated body. But we’re curious – how exactly does water improve our skin and does drinking more equate to better?

Water makes up 67% of our skin and supports the intricate network of molecular and chemical structures in our body; and while it’s important to stay hydrated to help maintain this balance, there is surprisingly very little research to substantiate any claims that increased water intake has a direct, long term positive effect on the skin (Mitchell, 1945).

What water has been proven to do is plump the skin creating a youthful, albeit temporary, smoothed appearance (much like my most trusted pair of spanks) (Popkin, 2011). Your wrinkles will seem less noticeable when you’re properly hydrated, but technically they’re still there. Womp, womp.

Extra water intake may not erase your skin concerns, but dehydration, on the other end of the spectrum, has been shown to make skin worse by triggering an increased production of oil resulting in acne breakouts. By making sure you’re properly hydrated throughout the day, you’ll help prevent breakouts and keep skin looking plump and youthful (Eady 2013).

Dermatologists recommend consuming 8 to 10 cups of water throughout the day to maintain the overall health of your skin. But if you have trouble getting in a daily dose, we’ve pulled together three key helpful ways to get your water in without losing it (literally).

Dont chug! Your body is only equipped to absorb so much water every hour. If you flood your system with too much in a short period of time, it won’t have a the chance to circulate through your body and you’ll just be making frequent bathroom trips. 

#BondTip: Sip on water throughout the hour to ensure proper absorption and circulation.

Spice up your water. Hydration doesn’t have to taste boring. Kick your water up a notch by adding sliced cucumber and mint, or citrus fruit slices to it, for your own signature water cocktail! 

#BondTip: Fill a water pitcher with orange slices and fresh mint for a tasty treat.

Put Your SmartPhone to Work. Track your water consumption with your smartphone. Apps like Waterlogged (available on iOS) and Water Tracker (for Android users) provide a simple interface to help log your water consumption, set hydration reminders, and are compatible with fitness trackers like Fitbit

#BondTip: Or go extra fancy and combine your water bottle with a tracking app– check out HidrateSpark for an all in one experience.

-by Becca Mendoza
Image source: HuffPost