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Your Skin Might Not Be Getting the H2O It Needs


When it comes to cooking, I love to get my nom-nom-nom on. In fact, the Food Network pretty much runs at a constant loop in the Bella household. Are you a fan, too? Recently, I caught an episode of Food Detectives, a show hosted by Ted Allen of Queer Eye For the Straight Guy fame. The premise? The crew performs studies on food items, debunking facts and myths through use of science.

One particular episode stood out. Does drinking sufficient amounts of water daily really improve the appearance of skin? After giving one identical twin the appropriate levels of water for a week and the other twin half the serving, not surprisingly, the one who drank more had radiant skin. As for me, I'm headed straight to the water cooler. In the meantime, check out some fun facts from the episode when you read more.

  • Glug, glug: Our skin is made up of two to three gallons of water.
  • Find your number: Figure out your daily intake by using the formula: weight/2 = how many ounces of water to drink each day.
  • Are you dehydrated?: According to Dr. Jeanine Downie, who appeared in the episode, Caucasian skin tends to show dehydration with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while darker-toned skin appears blotchy.
  • No worries: If your skin is looking lackluster and your water consumption is low, don't fret. Start drinking the acceptable levels now and you'll notice an improvement. Plus, it's a fast, cheap, and easy way to get luminous results — without investing in $200 serums.

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