The human body consists of 70% water, which is essential for daily operations in the body, which includes the movement of chemicals in the body and the regeneration of cells. The skin is considered the largest organ of the body, and one of the main entry routes of water into the body, other than ingestion.

But what does this have to do with ageing?

In SOMATOLOGY / HEALTH AND SKINCARE we are taught the secrets behind ageing which no one tells the everyday man and woman. As previously mentioned, the body relies on water for normal functioning. One major function of water is to assist cells in regenerating, ensuring the health of all organs and slowing down the effects of ageing in the body. The skin, being the largest organ, contains a large amount of water to ensure it looks healthy, functions optimally and ages slowly, all of which is important for its protection function.

When a person’s body becomes dehydrated, being due to a lack of drinking water, a large intake of caffeine and fizzy drinks, a lack of sleep, or even smoking, the body draws water from its non-essential organs to function normally, the skin being one such organ (and yes, you can live without skin, you just won’t look as pretty as usual). Drawing water from the skin causes dehydration, which in turn slows down the optimal regeneration of the skin cells, causing aging faster than normal.

 But how do you know your body is dehydrated? Or your skin is dehydrated? And how do you solve the dehydration problem in your body?

 As soon as the sensation of “thirst” starts, your body is telling you that the water levels are lowering and you need to take in water. But do you drink water? Or do you have your usual coffee, normal tea, or fizzy drink?

Look in the mirror. Are there fine lines on your forehead? Or when you lift your eyebrows, do you see fine lines? Do they stay when you relax your brows? If you said yes to any of these questions, then your skin is dehydrated.

To solve the dehydration problem, your stomatologist/health and skincare therapist / aesthetic therapist will advise you to drink 6 – 8 glasses of water a day, which to some sounds like an impossible goal to reach, especially if you are not used to drinking any water at all. So how do you achieve this? In SOMATOLOGY / HEALTH AND SKINCARE you are taught that drastic change can lead to drastic detoxing of the body, which is turn leads to abnormal functioning, and increases the dehydration effect. So start small, one step at a time. For example, substitute one cup of coffee, or one fizzy drink, a day with one glass of water for the first week. In the second week, 2 glasses and so on, until you reach your daily goal.

The bottom line to slowing down the signs of aging:

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

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