It’s so often overlooked, but one of my top ten anti-ageing tips is simply to drink enough water. Loss of hydration can affect the skin in a variety of ways, such as flakiness, tightness and dryness. Dry skin is particularly more prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
Drinking sufficient water is also important for removal of waste from the body. If the volume of fluid is decreased, then the body finds it much more difficult to remove toxins. This can result in the body attempting to expel them through the skin, which can in-turn exacerbate conditions such as eczema and acne.
Medik8 do a fantastic Hydr8 range, which I use in my Facial Enhancement Acupuncture and Micro Needle Therapy treatments, featuring Moisture Magnets™ “a proprietary trademarked blend of humectants that significantly increases the level of skin hydration.” These products highlight the need for hydration in maintaining smoother, younger looking skin. They’re fantastic as part of a treatment and in your day-to-day regime but, first-and-foremost, I always recommend that my clients maintain an adequate intake of water throughout the day.
So how much is adequate? The recommended daily amount of water is 8 glasses a day, but that’s been subject to a lot of criticism. As with everything, we’re all unique and different people may require different levels of water depending on the local climate, activity, type of job, age, sex, weight, food intake, alcohol etc.
I always complete a full history at the start of a Facial Enhancement Acupuncture treatment and I’m able to use the information derived from this to establish whether a couple more glasses a day may benefit my client’s health and their skin. One suggestion could be that your patient drinks enough to ensure that their urine is mostly clear.
Personally, I use a distiller in my clinic, as I believe this is preferable to tap water. So, the quality of water is important to think about too.
As acupuncturists, looking at a client’s diet and lifestyle will already be integral and these skills can be incorporated into your cosmetic treatments, ensuring we’re always working from the inside out.
Paul Adkins Lic.Ac.,BA(Hons), 1st Dan, FEA, MBAcC, MCAUK – Member of the British Acupuncture Council
Founder – Facial Enhancement Acupuncture