As the weather starts to warm up, your water intake is crucial to your health. But, what most people don’t quite understand is how water affects your skin. For years, we’ve been told to drink more water. Of course this is a good idea! Your body is made up of 60-70% water. Water helps your body function properly. But does it hydrate your skin? NO. One of the signs of aging is lack of hydration on the lower levels. Surface hydration is important for your barrier, but the loss of hydration on the lower levels is a sign of aging. When someone tells you to drink more water so your skin will be hydrated, they aren’t understanding how the body works. Hydration is maintained by connective tissue. Water is magnetically attracted to connective tissue.
There are 4 types of water: Ice, steam, liquid water and (discovered only a few decades ago) structured waters (aka Exclusion Zone water). Water must be trapped into Bound Water. Which is why you can’t just drink water and have your tissue stay hydrated. Bound Water is an amazing substance and the reason why we are made up of 60%-70% of water and yet, we don’t just slush around like big puddles. Instead, we are like liquid crystals (a blend of a solid and a liquid).
So how do we stay hydrated? It’s the relationship between connective tissue, collagen, polysaccharides, and water. You want to BUILD your connective tissue. Connective tissue PULLS in the water. Creating Bound Water (structured water). Without healthy connective tissue, your skin will not stay hydrated because there is nothing to trap the water. There are numerous ways to keep your connective tissue healthy. Some easy ones to remember are to take Collagen, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid, and fatty acids such as omegas internally (Obviously, with any supplement, check with your doctor first).