“What’s the secret to your glowing skin?”
It’s a question that comes up often in celebrity interviews, and often, the dolphin-skinned actress or model attributes their impossibly clear complexion to drinking lots of water. Which makes us wonder…does drinking water help your skin? After going down many rabbit holes of research, the short answer is no.
Or, rather, there’s simply not enough evidence that drinking more water has a direct correlation to how good your skin looks. Though there are definite health benefits to drinking water (which we’ll get into below), it doesn’t directly hydrate your skin the way, say, a moisturizer does. And that’s because of the way water moves through our bodies.
When water enters your mouth, it travels through the esophagus before making its way to your stomach, where much of it is absorbed, before entering your small intestine, which then makes its way into your bloodstream, so the rest of your cells and organs get the hydration they need to perform daily functions.