Water is an essential element of life: almost 60% of our bodies are water. And the impact of water on our body and skin goes far beyond simple hydration. Many skincare enthusiasts and experts have touted water as the secret to achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Today we wanted to delve into the fascinating influence of water on our skin. From hydration to cleansing, we will explore the science behind water's influence and uncover whether it truly holds the key to unlocking healthy and radiant skin.
Adequate Water Intake
Proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy skin.
Water helps to nourish skin cells, improve elasticity, and boost the overall appearance. When properly hydrated, your skin is more resilient, plump, and less prone to dryness and fine lines. While drinking water is vital for internal hydration, it's important to note that water intake alone may not directly translate to hydrated skin. It is also necessary to lock in moisture and maintain optimal hydration levels with the help of suitable skincare.
Cleansing with Water
Water plays a significant role in the skin cleansing process, effectively removing impurities, excess oil, and debris from the skin, of course, with the help of suitable skincare products. Rinsing the face with water helps refresh the skin, unclog pores, and create a clean canvas for further skincare products. However, it is crucial to keep the balance, as excessive washing or using water at extreme temperatures can disrupt the skin's natural moisture barrier, leading to dryness and irritation. A gentle cleanser, coupled with lukewarm water, provides a great and skin-friendly approach to cleansing.
While water itself offers benefits for the skin, the quality of the water will definitely influence its overall impact. Tap (or shower) water often contains minerals and chemicals that vary depending on your location. Chlorine, commonly used for water disinfection, can strip the skin of its natural oils, resulting in dryness and potential irritation.
Considering the quality of your tap water and using filters if necessary can help minimize potential harm.
Additionally, exploring alternative water sources such as mineral water or thermal water can provide additional benefits due to their mineral-rich composition.
Influence of Sea Water on the Skin
While you have fun at the beach, remember that sea water can have both extremely beneficial and potentially harmful effects on the skin. The minerals of sea water, such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium, can provide nourishment and promote skin health. The salt of seawater also acts as a gentle exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and unclogging your pores. However, too long exposure to sea water without rinsing off or moisturizing afterward may lead to dryness and potential irritation. To avoid harm, it is better to rinse your skin with fresh water after swimming in the sea/ocean and apply a moisturizer to replenish hydration.
Pool Water: Friend or Enemy?
We know you adore chilling at the pool as well. But pool water, often treated with chlorine for disinfection, can have both positive and negative effects on the skin. While chlorine helps disinfect by eliminating bacteria, it can also strip the skin of its natural oils, resulting in dryness and potential irritation. To minimize harm, it is important to rinse off thoroughly with fresh water after swimming in a chlorinated pool. Additionally, applying a clean moisturizer after rinsing can help replenish moisture and mitigate the drying effects of the chlorine. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips to keep them looking healthy and shiny.
The Bottom Line
Indeed, by understanding the influence of water on our skin and taking appropriate measures to protect and nourish it, we can harness the power of water. Join BBA Organic today and learn how to keep your skincare simple, yet powerful to get radiant and healthy skin.