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It is often times said that drinking plenty of water is the key to youthful, plump, clear skin, but is this really the case?

If in fact we are taking in the required amount of H2O every day, is this actually contributing to better skin health, or is it just a widespread myth we’ve come to accept as gospel?


One myth that just won’t die is that drinking lots of water improves skin by banishing wrinkles and making pores smaller, among other anti-aging benefits. Dermatologists don’t buy it. And neither should you.

While everyone says drinking water is important for overall health and doctors recommend more water and less caffeinated or sugar-packed beverages, there’s a lack of research providing water consumption impacts skin hydration or overall appearance in people who are healthy. The issue is the actual physics behind how water flows throughout our systems; drinking water is necessary for our bodies to run optimally, and to help nutrients reach the skin through proper blood flow, but not necessarily the be-all and end-all we need for dewy skin.

The truth is that when you drink water, it doesn’t automatically go to the skin—it hydrates cells once absorbed into the bloodstream and filtered by the kidneys.

So, at the cellular level, drinking water is great as it flushes the system and hydrates bodies overall.

1.Lack Of Evidence: There isn’t enough research to support the idea that drinking water will make a huge difference in the skin’s appearance.
It’s a myth that drinking water will help to keep skin hydrated. There’s no data to support the idea that drinking a glass of water helps to hydrate the skin. On the other hand, there’s no data to show that drinking fewer than eight glasses of water per day is harmful. The only caveat is that severe dehydration will take a toll on skin for sure.

Everyone wants a quick fix when it comes to making skin look better, but drinking more water isn’t going to help get rid of wrinkles or plump up skin unless you are extremely dehydrated. But you need water to stay healthy, and if you’re healthy, your skin might not look like it did when you were younger, but it will look pretty good. There isn’t a lot of science that’s studied water and anti-aging skin benefits. In one small pilot study, researchers looked at how water intake affected skin. But results were mixed. People who had routinely drunk little before the start of the study did see an increase in skin thickness.

2. Anti-Aging Benefits: As humans age, skin loses density because of collagen and elastin breakdown, and the skin winds up with some sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles. In addition to this, your moisture retention decreases. When you’re younger, your skin is thicker, though it might be a little rough, and a little oily. As you age, skin thins out too. Drinking more water really won’t help either scenario.

3. When Does It Actually Help: The only time more water will help is during periods of high temperatures when your chances of dehydration skyrocket. Dehydration can be very serious. As temperatures continue to climb, drinking more water is vital in India in summers.

In Conclusion-


All doctors agree that water is important for good health. But minimizing wrinkles and perking up your skin really comes down to moisturizing and an overall healthy lifestyle. “Drink your water, limit alcohol, don’t smoke, moisturize, wear sunscreen, and improve your nutrition. There are some absolutely remarkable improvements in skin when people start eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins.

The takeaway is pretty clear: Drink your water because it’s important for your good health. Just don’t expect it to get rid of your wrinkles or acne!

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With inputs from Dr. Sravya C Tipirneni, Consultant Dermatologist & Cosmetologist, Manipal Hospital)

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