Is Mineralized Water the Path Towards Great Skin?

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Exploring the link between mineralized water and your complexion

Hydration is frequently cited as the quickest route to great skin. Ask practically any celebrity what they do to achieve their beautiful complexion and they will inevitably answer, “drinking lots of water.” Water consumption is often glorified for its role in skin appearance. 

It is now widely believed that drinking lots of water has a direct impact on the condition of your skin, from reducing sag, balancing pH, improving acne, reducing wrinkles, and increasing moisture and elasticity. 

But, is there really a link between drinking lots of water and skin complexion? Or is it a mere myth?

There is a considerable lack of research that unequivocally proves the correlation between water consumption and skin hydration. However, at the same time, plenty of research shows that not drinking enough water will most likely have a negative impact on your skin. 

Let’s examine the convoluted science of the link between your skin and your overall hydration. 

Nourishing Your Largest Organ

Undoubtedly, we need a considerable intake of water every day in order for our bodies to function. This includes the maintenance of skin integrity. The amount of water you require is linked to both your gender and your weight; typically men need to drink more water than women. 

Skin, the largest organ of the body, is made up of three layers–– the outer epidermis, the underlying skin (dermis), and subcutaneous tissue. 

Skin cells are composed of up to 80% water, most of which resides in the dermis. However, it is the water content of the outer layer, the epidermis, which plays a more significant role in maintaining biophysical properties like elasticity and smoothness. Cutaneous water content decreases friction between fibers, effectively lubricating the upper layers, helping skin fulfill its role as the epidermal barrier.

Sufficient hydration is likewise critical for the fascia tissues, the connective sheets made of mostly collagen, which are located beneath our skin. They are made up of 70% water and vitally attach, stabilize, enclose and separate our organs, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. If it is well hydrated, the fascial system remains supple and elastic beneath the surface of our skin. 

This all implies that the amount of water in your body could impact both the health and appearance of your skin. But, it’s not the sole factor: weather, stress, and how much you exercise also play a defining role in the appearance of your complexion. 

How does hydration affect your skin? 

Some studies have shown that an increase in water intake does not significantly change the epidermal layer of the skin. However, drinking an insufficient amount of water can trigger the crenation process, the formation of unusual notched surfaces on skill cells. Crenation, and therefore, your overall hydration, could be the reason why sometimes your skin feels tight, dry, and begins to flake. But, an exclusive mutuality is difficult to prove since the damage could be incurred as the result of a strong wind, low temperatures, the sun, or other elements of your lifestyle.  

Get Me that Hydrated Glow

Let’s say you’re looking for an instant boost of radiance and elasticity to your skin. 

Will chugging some water help? Not so fast–– water doesn’t just rush to your skin immediately, plumping and delivering a glow.

When you consume water, it first gets absorbed into your bloodstream and other bodily fluids. They deliver water, oxygen, and nutrients to cells throughout the body, including skin cells. Any waste material is carried away and eliminated with urination. 

Drinking an adequate amount of water supports blood flow, and therefore, the amount of water, nutrients, and oxygen going to your skin. If you’re unsure whether you’ve drunk enough water, an easy test is to check the color of your pee. If it’s pale and clear, you’re in the clear.

If you already know that you’re not drinking enough water, you’re most likely to experience the most pronounced results from increasing your water intake.

According to the results of a 2015 study, increased water intake in individuals with historically low water consumption led to the most dramatic improvements in skin physiology. The same study found that participants drinking 2L a day did encounter a smoother skin surface texture. At the same time, it noted that an objective assessment did not reveal significant changes in reducing wrinkles and fine lines. 

Other scientists claim, however, that a direct relationship between hydration and the biomechanics of skin, resulting in healthier-looking skin, has yet to be observed in a study.

What happens to skin when you’re dehydrated? 

Perhaps a clearer path to understanding the connection between drinking water and skin requires a look at what happens when you’re dehydrated. 

If you are dehydrated and do not replace the lost fluids adequately, your body will begin extracting water from blood and tissues, including the skin, to replenish what it needs in order to function. 

Bear in mind that dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin. Dry skin is a skin type whereas dehydration is a condition. Dry skin simply means your body produces less sebum (natural oils). In contrast, you can have oily skin with plenty of sebum but still suffer from dehydration.

If you gently pinch the skin on your forehead and it wrinkles but doesn’t immediately bounce back––perhaps leaving a shiny, crinkly spot–– you’re dehydrated. The lack of water makes your skin cells shrink, which could exaggerate the look of wrinkles. Drinking water in regular, adequate amounts could mitigate some of these effects. But, if you’re drinking sufficient quantities and you have wrinkles, you cannot expect to see an improvement by increasing the volume of water. 

The Effects of Mineral Water on Skin

Tap water will, of course, do the trick to hydrate. Interestingly, however, the same study from 2015 which recorded a significant impact on physiology from drinking more than 2L of water per day also demonstrated a difference in results between drinking mineral-rich water and tap water. 

Following 93 subjects over a four week period, the researchers found that the mineral water group has a statistically significant increased level of skin thickness. They attributed this as the possible result of a rise in dermal fluid content thanks to the stimulation of the skin’s metabolism. In other words, the dermal water’s capacity to bind was improved. 

The mineral water used in the study had significantly more magnesium than regular tap water.  Water-rich in magnesium is said to be better absorbed at a cellular level, perhaps explaining the improved absorption rate of the mineral water into the skin. Furthermore, magnesium supports cellular regeneration and repair. 

Likewise, the silicium, potassium, copper, and zinc often found in mineral water support skin health. In particular, silicum is known as the wellness mineral for its role in strengthening teeth, bones, nails, and skin.

While no studies have yet to deepen the topic of drinking mineral water and skin improvements, one clear advantage of drinking mineral-rich water over tap water is that you receive a supply of nourishing minerals while also hydrating. 

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Is beautiful skin as simple as drinking lots of water?

Unfortunately, the radiant celebrity skin purported to be the result of drinking lots of water is unlikely the sole contributing factor. Generally, those who drink more water practice a more health-conscious lifestyle, including consuming lots of water-rich fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly––all tenants of so-called “good skin.”

To summarize what science has thus far proven: if you’re meeting the required two liters of water minimum every day, you can’t expect dramatic results from increasing your consumption. However, if you’re not drinking enough, drinking at least 2L of water per day could result in a positive change. 

By Natalia Kvitkova — Feb 19, 2021
The information contained in this article is provided for educational and informational purposes only, and should not be construed as health or nutritional advice.

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