Dry skin is tough to deal with. Signs of dry skin include scaliness, flakiness, and redness in your skin. But having dry skin may be an indicator of a bigger problem: you aren’t hydrated enough! When you are dehydrated, you aren’t drinking enough water and more fluids leave the body than enter it.
Not staying hydrated affects cell function, functionality of organs, and effectiveness of the immune system. These may all seem like it just affects your body internally but they also affect the appearance of the outside of your body.
Your skin is the biggest organ you have, made up 3 layers of skin cells. When the body becomes dehydrated, it makes it harder for water to enter your cells. Our skin loses its natural elasticity as we age, also making it harder for water to enter our cells, and making it more easily dehydrated. Your skin reflects the lack of water in your skin cells, which is what causes your skin to appear dry, flaky, and wrinkled.
The internal effects of dehydration can cause itchiness and dullness in your skin, a darker and sunken appearance around your eyes, and increased appearance of fine lines and surface wrinkles.
There are simple ways to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Eat more plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and legumes. The connection between the inside and outside of your body is evident here. Hydrating your body is important and your skin will let you know that.