BEAUTIFYING HYDRATION TECHNIQUES PART 3
As we age, thanks to the dehydrating modern lifestyle, we all experience cellular water loss. In fact Dr. Ishahari Yumi and others have said that aging is really just a process of drying out. And because your skin is 63% water, age-related dehydration becomes visible as lines, wrinkles, less elasticity, dullness, etc. The simplest example is the difference between a prune and a plum. Between an elder and a baby. The baby and the plum are both plump, hydrated, round and vital. And as that hydration fades, deep lines and creases form in both the prune and the face of an older person. They’re both the same fruit! The difference is in their water content.
It’s common sense that beautifying hydration brightens your skin, and studies have born this out again and again. One study showed that hydration specifically increases stratum corneum and “deep” skin hydration reduces clinical signs of dryness and roughness. The extensibility and elasticity of the skin increased. Also, associations were shown between water intake and transepidermal water loss, sebum content, and skin surface pH.
As Dr. Murad has said, “as your intracellular water increases, by definition, you’re healthier, younger, less stressed, and more energetic.”
Dermatologist Dr. Steven Deliduka said “I’ve found that water can have a significant impact in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent. Proper hydration levels help the skin to become plump and improves its elasticity meaning it’s less likely to crack and have irritations and blemishes.”
And your hair tells a similar story.
Water makes up one-fourth of the hair strand, and hair follicles require adequate amounts of water in order to grow new hair.
In fact, though short-term dehydration won’t harm your hair, chronic dehydration can cause hair loss and bald spots. Your body considers the integumentary system, your hair skin and nails, to be non-essential. When you don’t drink enough water, your body reroutes any much-needed water to your more vital organs. Since your hair follicles lack water, they will stop producing new hair. If you’re chronically dehydrated, your follicles won’t grow enough hair to replace the strands that are shed naturally, resulting in thinning.
Drinking good water also helps prevent split ends and brittle hair, and is also crucial for regulating the circulatory system, which provides important nutrients to your follicles, which of course helps hair growth. Water also stimulates nerve endings in the hair roots, which increases the natural vitality of your hair.
And if you’re drinking a good high quality mineral spring water, it should contain minerals that are needed for maintaining hair health, like iron, zinc, copper, and calcium.
THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
So, ranging throughout the entire integumentary system, beautifying hydration is a foundation of any good beauty routine. Not just drinking more water, but revitalized structured bioavailable high-energy water. To put it simply, it is the size of the molecular groupings that differs. The smaller the groupings, the more bioavailable the water is — the more easily it is able to pass through cell walls, to transport nutrients and remove waste and work all its biological magic.
Newborn babies have 100% structured body water. But by age 50, most people have less than 50% structured water. As Dr. Zach Bush has said, “If we could stay perfectly hydrated in the intracellular environment, our aging would slow down, if not reverse.”
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