You may have heard it before, but it’s worth repeating: Water is a vital component to the human body. That’s why it’s wise to focus on hydration for skin health, as well as for the rest of your body. In fact, the average adult human body is just under 60 percent water. Babies and children have higher percentages, as do men do to lower fat percentages. In fact, the average adult woman is 55 percent water compared to the average adult male at 60 percent water. Overweight men and women typically have lower water percentages compared to leaner individuals.
Have you ever wondered what sparks the feeling of thirst? Usually, it’s when you’ve lost about 2 to 3 percent of your total water composition. At just 1 percent dehydration, your mental and physical condition slightly deteriorate before you even feel the need to drink up. Therefore, continuously hydrating before you get thirsty helps keep your body and mind at peak performance.
What is Water’s Role in the Body?
As the primary building block of cells, adequate H20 consumption is no doubt a crucial aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Water behaves as an insulator, digestion aid, metabolic catalyst, lubricant and detoxifier.
According to a recent study, water consumption is higher than it was two decades ago. In 1998, the U.S. averaged 54 gallons of soda per person compared to 42 gallons of water per person. In recent years, the ratio shifted to 44 gallons of soda and 58 gallons of water per person. Nonetheless, 58 gallons annually equates to 20 ounces, or 2.5 cups per day. This is far less than the recommended eight glasses. Lack of water can lead to fatigue, digestion issues and dehydration. Not to mention, dehydrated skin cells can cause premature wrinkling.
H20 and Skin Benefits
Water doesn’t just assist your internal health. The skin is your body’s largest organ, and it’s made up of cells comprised of water. When dehydrated, skin cells don’t function properly and lead to drying, flaking and overall tightness. Over time, dryness causes wrinkling that could otherwise be averted.
Aside from consuming water to reach skin cells via internal absorption, applying moisture-rich creams and serums topically is recommended. Dr. Busso highly recommends the Obagi Nu-Derm system to his patients. The Hydrate cream is the final step within the Obagi Nu-Derm system, effectively soothing areas prone to flakiness. When combined with the prior steps of the system, Hydrate minimizes age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, restores skin laxity. In addition, the system relieves redness, sallowness and hyperpigmentation.
If you’re looking for a topical regimen to restore moisture to your dry skin, contact Dr. Busso today and schedule a consultation. Appointments can be easily arranged online, or call our Coconut Grove office to discuss your first visit.