can drinking more water cure dry skin

Does drinking 8 glasses of water a day hydrates skin?

Rumour has it, this healthy habit heals dry skin. You won’t have to deal with it ever again.

But, if it were that easy to get rid of dry skin, why are people still suffering from it? Are they not drinking enough water?

Not really…

Can Drinking 8 Glasses Of Water Cure Dry Skin?

Skin needs water – no doubt about that. Water makes up about 60% of your body, and just like all your other organs, skin needs its fair share to function well. And, we need at least 2 liters a day, according to the experts.

Can’t bear the thought of drinking that much water? You don’t have to. Food contains water too, so you can get part of your needed daily intake from it. Cool, huh?

Of course, if you want to drink your 8 glasses of water every day, go ahead and do it. Water is my fave drink (boring, I know!), and I always keep a bottle on my desk and one in my bag. I drink at least 1.5 liters every day, BUT I drink it when I’m thirsty, not to improve the condition of my skin.

Here’s the deal: when your skin has all the water it needs, it’s natural softer, plumper and brighter. But when you drink more water than your body needs, you’re not helping cure your dry skin. You’ll just spend more time in the bathroom.

Related: If Your Skin Is Perfectly Hydrated, Do You Need To Worry About Anti-Aging?

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Why Drinking Water Won’t Hydrate Skin

Dry skin desperately needs hydration. Water hydrates, so the more you drink, the more hydrated your skin is, right?

Wrong. The REAL reason dry skin is dry is because it can’t retain moisture well.

You see, your skin has a natural protective barrier than keeps moisture in. If this is damaged (and when you have dry skin, it IS damaged) moisture evaporates.

It doesn’t matter how many glasses of water you drink everyday, adding water to your skin without fixing its protective barrier first is useless. The moisture you put in will simply go out again.

Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin


The Bottom Line

Drinking 8 glasses of water a day may be good for your health, but it won’t cure dry skin. If that’s what you’re after, you’re better off using occlusive moisturisers to repair your skin’s damaged protective barrier.