Drinking water is not only an important part of being healthy, it works miracles on your hair and skin as well. The ultimate wonder liquid, water is also an essential beauty product that will give you a radiant glow that no amount of cosmetics can ever compete with. Here’s how drinking plenty of water benefits your hair and skin.
Keeps you hydrated
Dehydrated skin looks dull and lifeless. Several factors like pollution, dirt, grime, smoke and heat take a toll on your skin, severely dehydrating it. Like the rest of your organs, your skin is made up of cells, which are mostly composed of water. Since your skin is the largest organ of your body, it requires the most water, getting dehydrated if you do not drink enough. Similarly your hair gets dehydrated and loses its lustre, hanging limp and dead rather than shiny and healthy.
Keeps your skin young
If your skin is dry and flaky, you are much more likely to get wrinkles than if your skin is well hydrated, supple and smooth. To avoid ageing early, start incorporating plenty of water into your daily routine. Your skin will appear tight and toned, since your body will fill your skin cells with plenty of water, making them firm and rigid rather than saggy and loose. To get a better idea, picture a water balloon that is full of water and a water balloon that is only half full. The former will look firm and taut, while the latter will be shapeless and slack.
Keeps your hair glossy
Drinking plenty of water will hydrate your hair as well, making it softer and silkier. People with frizzy hair especially will be benefitted by this, since water will help smooth your hair far better than any anti-frizz shampoo, conditioner, serum or other hair product.
Clears your skin
Just like you use water to clean yourself on the outside, water similarly cleans your system from the inside. It flushes out the toxins in your body, cleansing it and making it fresher. When it comes to your skin, water helps to flush out all the dirt and grime that clog your pores. This clears your skin and prevents any blemishes or acne that you may develop. When you drink more water, your body can function better and your skin renews itself faster.
Prevents hair damage
Most people don’t realise how delicate their hair actually is. When you wash it, brush it or play with it, you are actually damaging it. Drinking water is a remedy for this, for it protects your hair from getting damaged. Rinsing your hair in cold water after you shampoo it ensures that your cuticles get closed, so that they are not open to the dust and pollution that they get exposed to during the day. Wetting your hair with normal water before you go for a swim helps to prevent some of the damage that chlorine does to the strands.
Cold water relaxes your nerves
Taking a cold water shower at the end of the day helps to undo some of the stress of the day. Cold water relaxes the nerves and soothes your skin and hair. If you have any puffiness around your eyes, cold water will eliminate the redness and settle your skin.
Natural styling gel for your hair
Rather than using copious amounts of styling creams and hair gels, just set your hair into your chosen hairstyle when it’s wet. Water is a natural styling gel, because hair is made up of several hydrogen bonds, and when your hair is wet, its bonds separate from each other. If you style your hair when it’s wet, the hydrogen bonds will reform into the new shape as your hair dries.