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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


  • 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.


tiffaanyy tiffaanyy 7 years
Thats cool, I never knew there was a formula for how many intakes of water you should take. I just thought it was 8 glasses a day for everyone. I'm so gonna experiment! (:
tinyflame tinyflame 8 years
This is true!!! Staying hydrated improves my skin, my mood - and I don't get headaches!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Yes, this is so true. When I don't drink enough water, I wake up with flaky, dry skin. I read about the "Evian challenge" randomly somewhere which suggests you drink a glass of water every hour on the hour at work and I did that for one week just as an experiment - my skin was NEVER dry that entire week!
jamiegirl jamiegirl 8 years
I live in California (the desert) and the suggestion is to drink much more than that amount around here :drinks:
crazy-fabulous crazy-fabulous 8 years
Wow! I am skipping out on my cranberry spritzers from now on...more water please!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
i drink probably 6l a day. if i don't i feel like crap. and thirsty out of my mind.
Advah Advah 8 years
I usually drink about 2L of water a day which I always thought was already a lot; however I started a yoga class last week and the instructor recommended drinking up to 6L! So I forced myself to drink more water than usual these last few days, and I actually feel *much* better. :o
Kaori Kaori 8 years
@ halfpintlbk: I saw that episode of Oprah as well. Apparently the food we eat is mostly composed of water anyways? I'll just try to drink more water for the heck of it. It probably has health benefits if not skin benefits.
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
I need to be drinking 10 8oz glasses a water a day according to this. Another motivator to lose weight! Then I won't have to drink as much water, plus drinking all that water will help me be full and have great skin. Wow, this is such a win!
emalove emalove 8 years
Well, according to this formula, I should drink 6.8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day. I think I come close to that.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I love the foodnet work. I watch all the shows on Sunday morning until noon. I drives my husband crazy. I saw this episode and I am happy that I do drink a lot of water. And the other day I saw Ted Allen in my neighborhood. I know he said he lives in Brooklyn, but I didn't realize it was so close to me.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
I love water but I hate it. It makes me go to the bathroom wayyyyy too much. I think that has always been one of the reason's why I don't drink that much.
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