Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion.

But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.

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.

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So what is the best way to add water to the skin?

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

● Apply a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturizer, such as Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (available at Jeune Skin Care). Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.

● Drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results. 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 own skin.

If you notice changes in skin color, texture, please contact your healthcare provider since this may be a sign of different skin problem and not a hydration issue.

This article is sponsored by Etheridge Family Medicine: "Where we focus on preventive care for a long, healthy and prosperous life."