There are many different ways to keep your skin looking youthful, fresh and nourished. But there is probably one way that is easier than all of the rest. It’s a no brainer when you really think about it. And that’s because keeping yourself hydrated is an integral part of maintaining good overall health. In other words, drink water! As Arshi Ahmed points out on StyleCraze.com, water is essential for maintaining optimum skin moisture.
“It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity,” she explains, “This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines…Water is a perfect replacement for your expensive anti-ageing treatments. It keeps the skin well hydrated and glistening, thereby, enhancing the complexion. For soft and supple skin, drinking an adequate amount of water is more important than applying topical creams.”
If you’re of the mind that drinking the recommended 9-12 cups of water every day is a bit much, there are certainly other ways to stay hydrated. You can eat your way to healthier skin by eating foods that are high in water-content! Here are five:
Given its name, the entry of this fruit on this list should come as no surprise. In fact, watermelon is heralded as a food that has the ability to hydrate even better than water itself! According to Abby Lerner on Shape.com, “a 2009 study at the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that the combination of salts, minerals and natural sugars in some fruits and vegetables can actually hydrate people more effectively than water or even sports drinks. Watermelon was on top of the list, thanks to its 92 percent water content and essential rehydration salts calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.”
2. Iceberg lettuce.
Health experts tend to advocate dark green salads made up of baby spinach to maximize the nutritional content, says Amanda MacMillan on Health.com. However, with its 95.6 percent water content, crispy iceberg lettuce has the highest hydration power of any type of lettuce, “followed by butterhead, green leaf, and romaine varieties.”
You’re not likely to come across a nutritionist who doesn’t advocate salad eating. However, it’s important to include the right ingredients in your salad. Cucumbers are among them. Says Lerner, “the flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water but also contains vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling—which is why cucumbers are often used to help swollen eyes and sunburn.”
MacMillan dispels the myth that celery has “negative” calories. She does, however, confirm that its 95.4 percent water content helps us to stay hydrated while also neutralizing our stomach acid. Celery “is often recommended as a natural remedy for heartburn and acid reflux,” notes MacMillan.
Not to be mistaken for cucumbers (although you can certainly find ways to eat them together), these nutritious veggies also help to keep you hydrated. “With 95 percent water by weight, Zucchini is one of the most hydrating vegetables you can eat,” informs Lerner, “A healthy serving has less than 25 calories and is an excellent source of folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C.”
Keeping yourself hydrated plays a major role in your skin’s health. However, if you feel that your skin could use a little extra assistance in getting rejuvenated, please don’t hesitate to contact the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. We offer a variety of peels, for both young and old, that tightens skin and increases radiance. For more information, call us at 403-358-5818 or email email@example.com.