Water is a critical ingredient for a healthy life. 70% of our body is composed of water, which means our body needs this ingredient the most for its day to day functioning. Our skin also needs water as much as other body parts, and it needs more hydration during the winter months.

We’ve all heard that drinking lots of water is good for our skin. But, does it also give our skin a youthful glow? Is drinking water enough or we need to do something more than that? Let’s find out.

Our skin has three layers — the outer layer, called the epidermis, the layer below it (dermis) and the subcutaneous tissue. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water, the skin will lose elasticity and feel rough. The outermost layer needs to be hydrated well to get a youthful glow. If it is not, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes rough.

Skincare formulator and founder of Earthy Skin Essentials, Meerika Khanna says, you can quickly achieve hydrated skin if you make water your best friend. Here are some of her suggestions:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Ideally, 3 litres of water a day is what most experts recommend.
  2. Keep a humidifier in your bedroom balances the dryness in the air due to heating systems. 
  3. Use a hydrating toner in your skincare routine. Rosewater is hydrating, anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory, reduces redness and soothes skin irritation.
  4. Steam your face: Use a humectant like hyaluronic acid or glycerine and lightly steam your face for that extra boost of hydration. 
  5. Use a lightweight face oil like prickly pear seed oil as your last step. A facial after toner and moisturizer creates a barrier and helps lock moisture in the skin.

Water, like air, is our lifeline and its free. Have plenty and use it to your benefit for a plump, youthful and glowing skin.