Beauty products promise us “hope in a jar” (sometimes literally) and we spend thousands of dollars a year in our collective endeavor for beautiful, youthful skin. (Meanwhile, men spend thousands of dollars a year in a similar quest for the largest TV in the neighborhood. Which is a more noble pursuit is your call.) But the real secret to looking luminous at age 25 or 45, the universal truth that’s so simple but yet so many of us refuse to accept for some reason, is one we probably all know already: hydrate. However, the secret may not be as simple as you think, and you may not be practicing this truth in the best way for your skin.
I know you’ve heard it everywhere: “Drink eight glasses of water a day.” The unfortunate truth about drinking water for your skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. Plus, the effects from drinking water aren’t lasting, and drinking excess water will only cause you to pee it out. (Gross, but true.)