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February 19, 2020

Drinking Water Will Not Solve All Your Beauty Problems — Here’s Why

If every other celeb is to be believed, the secret to gorgeous skin and hair is simply … drinking water. But does drinking water really make that much of a difference in your skin?


 

I read a LOT of beauty articles. It’s part of my job, ya know? But I have a bone to pick with one piece of skincare “advice” in particular.

 

The secret to lustrous, shiny hair?

 

“Drink more water!”

 

How is your skin so dewy and glowy?

“Oh, I drink a gallon of water every day.”

 

What’s your best skincare advice, *insert celebrity name here*?

 

“I love to carry my hydro flask and drink lots of water throughout the day!”

 

 

 

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I mean, yes, drinking water is great. It is vital to our health. We need it to live. It keeps our organs working. But does it actually give you gorgeous, frizz-free locks and dewy, glowy, baby soft skin?

 

Well, the answer is no. But it DOES help. Some. And really, that depends on how dehydrated you are in the first place. So, let’s say you’re that person who wakes up in the morning and drinks two cups of coffee. At work, you have some orange juice with your breakfast, then another cup of coffee to beat the midday slump. Then, boom, it’s happy hour and you knock back a couple of drinks, and then you go home, drink a single glass of water before bed. When you wake up in the AM, you look tired and dull. Well, duh, of course you do because you’re incredibly dehydrated and it’s showing in your skin. So, when you start drinking lots of water, your skin might look a bit more glowy and a bit more hydrated, because you literally weren’t drinking any to begin with. So your skin is drinking up that precious H2O like a desert in need of rain.

 

 

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But then, on the other side of the coin, you have someone like me who drinks water constantly. I wake up in the morning and the first thing I do is take a giant swig of water from the cup I leave on my nightstand. I have a water bottle that I keep filled and sip on throughout the day. By the end of the day (and a billion bathroom trips later), I’ve had a gallon of water.

 

And surprise! I still get hormonal acne. My skin looks fine, but it’s not like I’m out here glowing like Jasmine Tookes or the skincare goddess herself Nam Vo. Drinking water does make me more energetic and gets rid of my brain fog throughout the day, but as far as my skin goes, I’m a bit skeptical that water is the be-all end-all.

 

I guess I just find it a bit disingenuous that in an effort to be more relatable, these celebrities and influencers claim water does all of these miracles when in reality they are paying expert aestheticians and dermatologists to get that covetable glow. Water only really does so much.

 

 

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Now before you get this twisted, I’m not advocating for not drinking water. There ARE tangible benefits. Your skin is your largest organ and 1,000% benefits from being hydrated. Drinking water decreases dehydration, so all of those sketchy fine lines can get a bit plumper. And also, the more hydrated your skin is, the better it can absorb your skincare products. So, by drinking water, all of the skincare products we spend money on work just a bit better.

 

What it comes down to is this: It’s not that our skin doesn’t benefit from drinking water — just don’t expect your skin to miraculously change because you drank more water.

 

So, what do you think about drinking water? Do you notice a big difference in your skin when you drink lots of it? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.

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COMMENTS 5

Well, I don't know because I don't like drinking water.But you can avoid constipation only when you drink water to the standard amount.Constipation is fatal to the skin.The toxins have to be released into the feces, but they haven't been done, so it's coming up to the skin.Whatever it is, it's not absolutely good or bad, so I think the right amount is the best.

kaylarenae


Verified Expert

I personally L O V E water, I can't get enough of it! For me, water is a part of my life, my best friend supporting me unconditionally with everything I need and do. It helps me drastically with skincare results & it's my lifestyle. I'd recommend filtering out water through (shower heads , sink aerators, pitchers) & maybe even drop a lime, lemon, cucumber, favorite fruits to your drinking water for a wakening fresh experience boost! If I could choose one ingredient to maintain great health of my body during a drought it would be water! 💦 Honestly,... Read more

christinacooperider


Verified Expert

I completely agree with this! It's a similar concept to how your skin, hair and nails are the last to get the nutrients you put into your bottle from food and vitamins. This is one of the main reasons why it's important to invest nutrient dense skin and hair products. Love this article!

Couldn't agree more. Topical and ingestable combo's work best.

The skin is the last organ to benefit from the new H20 in your body....so it's still important to use topical hydration methods as well. Try a good mist throughout the day!