With the weather getting colder is water enough to keep my skin hydrated and healthy looking?
Beauty experts and celebrities alike often state that their skin’s claim to dewy, plump fame is adequate water intake. But is water enough? Not really.
Our body is comprised of 60% water – so getting plenty throughout the day is certainly indispensable for skin, not to mention brain function, energy levels, body temperature regulation, and digestive efficiency. We have all been told time and time again that 8 glasses is key to success, but in actuality this number is actually highly individualized: increased activity levels, high fibre diets, alcohol and caffeine consumption and cold harsh or dry climates all increase the amount of water you need – and should be taken into consideration.
Hydration also comes in a form besides water: lipids – or more commonly known as FAT! The more external lipid layer (or sebum membrane) of our skin is protective against germs and irritants, and when it is disrupted or depleted, you tend to see red, chapped and irritated skin.
The internal structure of our skin also requires ample fats to maintain its health. Think of the underlying layers of skin as brick and mortar. The hydration of our skin is heavily dependent of the integrity of this wall, but it is important to keep in mind that water is only part of what comprises the mortar. It is also comprised of specialized lipids: ceramides, triglycerides, phosphatidylserine and squalene.
In almost every inflammatory skin condition, from dry skin to psoriasis to eczema, that tend to flare up in the cooler months, the common trend is a near depletion of ceramides. Ceramides represent some 40% of the intercellular cement that binds our cells together.
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Replenishing healthy lipids in the diet is another critical piece in rehydrating the skin and replenishing the lipid “mortar”. Increase your amount of dietary fat through healthy oils like olive and coconut, avocados, nuts and seeds, and supplement daily with a quality fish oil like omega3 will help combat inflammation and further help repair any damage from environmental insults like UV-rays and pollution.
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