Drink to Great Skin!

Time and time again we have been told that the key to amazing skin is through simply drinking an excessive amount of water. To some, this may sound too good to be true. A recent study highlighted in the Daily Mail has found that certain waters may indeed reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Water is said to moisturize the skin, reduce wrinkles, cleanse the body and banish blemishes. However, dermatologists are insisting that this may not be 100% true. They argue that the outer layer of the skin is the only thing that maintains moisture levels in the skin.

During the double blind, placebo controlled study; female participants were asked to maintain the same diet and skincare routines. A Visia skin complexion analysis was performed on each of the women to determine rates of wrinkling, sun damage and the skin’s texture.

Following the initial analysis, the women were asked to drink 1.5 liters of water a day for eight weeks straight. Some women drank tap water, while others drank mineral-rich Willow Water from the U.K.

Willow Water reportedly contains salicin, a compound that when metabolized turns into salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and is found in many skincare and acne products.

At the end of the 8 weeks, the women underwent a second in-depth Visia skin analysis. The study found that women who drank ordinary tap water saw a 19% reduction in wrinkles and that the women who drank Will Water saw an even more impressive 24% reduction.

These findings are impressive to say the least. Not only that, fighting wrinkles with water drives home a healthy habit that is recommended for everyone to practice—staying hydrated!

To Your Health & Beauty,

Vipul R. Dev, M.D.

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