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Does Drinking Water Really Improve Your Skin’s Appearance?

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There are countless beauty products out there that promise to fix all your skin’s issues. Whether it’s dry, wrinkled, acne-prone, or oily, there are many products out there that assure they can help. But what about drinking water?

It’s a common thought that simply drinking water can improve the appearance of your skin, but is there any truth to it? According to the experts, it’s just a myth.

“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 your skin unless you are extremely dehydrated,” Elizabeth Damstetter, a dermatologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, told WebMD.

Of course, drinking water is essential for your health, and your skin definitely will reflect the health that comes from within. However, don’t expect water alone to fix your skin-related issues.

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It’s also a common misconception that drinking water will hydrate the skin. This is because drinking water hydrates cells in the bloodstream, filtered by the kidneys. It doesn’t automatically go to the skin. On a cellular level, drinking water is beneficial in flushing the system and hydrating our bodies overall—but not the skin.

Perking up the skin comes down to moisturizing and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. It’s recommended to limit alcohol, wear sunscreen, not smoke, use a good moisturizer, and eat your fruits and vegetables.

And with the proper skin care routine, you can keep a hydrated summer glow all year round. Who doesn’t want that?

Lindsay Ray Lindsay Ray
Lindsay is a lifestyle and beauty writer currently living in Arizona. She has several years of experience as a freelance writer and reporter, with a specialized interest in the beauty and lifestyle space. From beauty hacks to DIY home décor and everything in between -- Lindsay has a passion for crafting stories that entertain, educate, and inspire. Her writing has appeared in Thought Catalog, The List, Drink Me Magazine, the Auburn Examiner, and Litro Magazine in the United Kingdom. Read Full Bio »
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