5 Crappy Things That Happen To Your Skin If You Are Dehydrated

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5 Crappy Things That Happen To Your Skin If You Are Dehydrated

We all know that drinking water is good for us, and without it, we would eventually die, after all.

Water refreshes us, quenches our thirst, helps our brains function, gives us energy, regulates our body temperatures and aids in digestion, among other things. It’s also good for our skin.

The exact amount we need each day is always debated. Many experts recommend to drink eight glasses a day, while others say you need around 2.2 litres. In hotter climates, people are advised to drink more to compensate for what they lose in excess sweating.

The rule of thumb is that if you are thirsty, you are always dehydrated.

One of the ways to tell if you’re not getting enough water is to look at your skin… just like we put moisturiser on the outside, it also needs moisture on the inside as well. If you’re experiencing any of these tell-tale signs, chances are you’re dehydrated and need to drink more H2O every day.

1. You Get Dry, Crepey Skin

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Our bodies are made up of around 60 per cent water, and our skin is around 20 to 30 per cent water. When we are dehydrated, our bodies pull water from other areas to carry out the most important functions, which means our skin can be losing moisture as the water supply is redirected elsewhere (like keeping our major internal organs in business).

2. Your Wrinkles are Way More Obvious

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Look, your skin is going to get wrinkled no matter what you do, I’m not going to lie, but dry skin is less resilient and is more prone to wrinkling. You may also experience more wrinkles if you don’t drink enough water, because water helps to plump the skin from the inside.

3. You Get Loads More Breakouts

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If your skin is dry and dehydrated, your pores are firmer and less flexible. Better hydrated skin has more pliable pores which stretch and release naturally secreted oils. You then have a better chance of avoiding acne and blackheads.

4. Dark circles under your eyes


There are a few things that can cause those dark circles under your eyes – one of them is dehydration. Drinking more water means your eyes will be well-hydrated. Dehydration results in reduced circulation that causes the skin under your eyes to look dark and puffy.

5. Your Complexion Gets a Grey Look About It

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Dehydration can cause your face to start turning a greyish shade, which is your body’s way of saying it needs the fluid elsewhere and shuts off the blood vessels to your face. Plenty of water will give you clearer skin with a more luminous glow.

Some Simple Tips on Drinking More Water

  • Keep a water bottle on your work desk or where you will see it multiple times per day.
  • Try and get into the habit of taking a sip every time you see the bottle.
  • Making your water bottle brightly coloured helps it catch in your mind!


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How much water do you drink each day?

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Caroline Duncan

Caroline Duncan is a freelance journalist and photographer with almost 20 years' media experience in radio, magazines and online. She is also a mother...Read More of three daughters, and when she's not writing or taking pictures, she's extremely busy operating a taxi service running them around to various activities. She can't sew and hates housework. Read Less

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