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How Water Keeps Your Skin Looking Younger

Guest post by Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour, Perfect Self - Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgery Group

In mammals, the skin is the largest organ, with a total area of about 22 square feet and weighing about 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms).  Humans shed about 600,000 particles of skin every hour – about 1.5 pounds a year. This means by the time you turn 70 years old, the average person will have lost 105 pounds of skin!

The skin protects us from microbes and the elements.  The thickness of skin also varies from location to location on an organism.  Our skin function consists of protecting the internal structures, providing sensation, regulating body temperature, controlling evaporation, and acting as a barrier to infectious agents.

Aging is the normal process of physical change over time that’s more about genetics than lifestyle.  However lifestyle habits can induce premature aging and facilitate genetic changes in the skin.  As our body ages, the cells will be replaced by cells containing less water, which affects how you look.

Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from skin, which is why sunburned skin requires more moisture than unexposed areas.  Dehydration is the loss of water from the body. Dehydration is a very common skin condition which is skin’s inability to retain its limited moisture in the epidermis (the outer layer).  People often get confused between dehydration and dryness. DRYNESS is lack of oil on the skin and DEHYDRATION is lack of moisture in the skin.

If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky.  Dryness and dehydration are precursors to sensitized skin which has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. 

There are many good reasons to drink water besides keeping your skin healthy. It’s refreshing; helps your brain function, maintains energy levels, regulates body temperature, aids in digestion, and ultimately keeps your body healthy.

If you have more questions about your skin, ask cosmetic surgeon Dr. Fardad Forouzanpour:

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