Don’t underestimate the power of a simple glass of water over expensive beauty treatments. Dehydration can make your skin lacklustre and dry, and reduce elasticity. Drinking enough water can assist in weight maintenance (many people mistake thirst for hunger), removal of toxins, and helping to keep your skin hydrated.
Do the 3-step skin pinch test to check if your skin could be dehydrated.
- Pinch the skin on the back of your hand or arm.
- Hold for a few seconds then release.
- Well-hydrated skin should go back to normal immediately, while poorly-hydrated skin will take longer. Ageing can also decrease this ‘snap back’ time due to decreased collagen and elastin levels.
There isn’t necessarily a set amount that you should drink, although 6-8 glasses are the usual recommendation. While other beverages like tea or juice do contribute to your fluid intake, plain water is best. Why? Because it isn’t packed with sweeteners, sugar (which contributes to weight gain), colouring, flavouring, caffeine, etc., plus tea and coffee are mild diuretics so they can, in excess, lead to dehydration.