Nov 28, 2009

Water not enough for glowing skin

H2O not enough for glowing skin

Water load of rubbish! The widely-held belief that drinking eight glasses of water can make your skin glow is just theory, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has said.

Experts say that a balanced diet and lots of sunscreen are far more important in keeping wrinkles at bay. The finding will come as a relief to those who have found the drinking regime something of an ordeal.

The study

The British Nutrition Foundation, which investigated this theory, reported, "There currently appears to be very little scientific evidence relating to the effects of water consumption on skin hydration, and whether drinking more or less water actually has any impact on skin appearance."

Researcher Heather Yuregir said, "Drinking water for the sake of drinking water really has no effect on improving the appearance of skin." But diet and sun exposure really do affect complexion, she said.

What you should do

Vitamins A, B, C and E, contained in a range of fruit and vegetables, help keep the skin elastic, protect it from age-related damage and help with the growth of new skin. Not eating enough of them can cause problems such as scurvy and dry, scaly skin. It is also clear that overexposure to the sun ages the skin, causing mottling, a leathery texture and deep wrinkles.

The BNF review follows research published last year which concluded that drinking water does not help slimmers lose weight. The weight and waist size of more than 1,000 young women was compared with the amount of water they consumed each day - both from drinks and food.

The Japanese study found no link between water in drinks, including water itself, tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit juices, and body shape. But foods rich in water, such as fruit, vegetables, soups and casseroles, appeared to help in the battle of the bulge. This may be because water-rich foods are also high in fibre, making people feel full faster and stopping them from over-eating.