As a child, I was not big on water. I only used to drink water whenever I was thirsty. Now that I think about it, I don't think I drank the recommended eight glasses of water everyday. Maybe once a week. Now that i'm older, I realize all of the bad stuff that might have happened.
Water is the basically what helps the body function properly. According to the Mayo Clinic, "water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues." When our bodies do not have enough water, our energy is drained and we feel tired. Not only that, but our body shows this lack of water through the largest organ of our bodies, the skin.
When we don't drink enough water, the body tries to distribute the water to the organ systems that need water the most. The skin doesn't go that high up that list, thus, our skin dries up a bit in response to mild dehydration.
For me, one of the things I notice when I don't drink enough water is my lips. They chap and dry up like crazy, no matter how much lip balm I apply. My lips, fortunately or not, are the first to go. It looks absolutely hideous when I try to put on lip color. So I take it all off, exfoliate, and put on more color. IN a few hours, my lips are monstrous creatures once again. I learned my lesson, I always drink a lot of water now.
No matter how much lotions, moisturizers, balms and oils we slather on, our skin will never look as hydrated unless we drink enough water. The key is to find the right balance. The Mayo Clinic recommends about three liters of water for men and about two liters of water for women each day. Drink enough water, and use products to compliment that. Your skin, and your whole body, will thank you for it.