Winter is just about one of the worst things nature can inflict on your skin. Dry air and harsh, cold temperatures will draw all of the moisture from your skin, causing flaky red patches, dryness and ashy skin that leaves you looking less than your best. Thankfully, there’s a zero-cost treatment for taking care of your skin year round. You ready? Drinking water.
Yes, water. Water makes up 60 percent of your body, so when you don’t hydrate properly, your body feels it. The most obvious symptoms of dehydration are thirst, lethargy and headaches, but it can show itself in little ways too, especially if you seldom drink as much water as you should. When you don’t get enough water, your skin gets dry, your eyes get puffy and you’re more likely to break out. On top of that, you’ll likely have duller skin and develop wrinkles sooner, and your pores will become more prominent.
On the flip side, drinking water will make your cheeks plumper, clear up and reduce acne lesions and help keep your skin healthy and glowing. A study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science found that drinking nine cups of water daily alters skin thickness and density, while another study conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia showed that just two cups of water would increase blood flow to the skin.
Of course, water isn’t the be-all, end-all for healthy skin. If you really want to take your skin to the next level, invest in a humidifier and pick out a hydrating moisturizer. Water will cycle through all the other organs before it reaches the skin to do its work, so giving it an extra hydration boost will do wonders. Just remember not to drink too much at once, or the water will cycle right through you.