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Can You Hydrate Your Skin from the Inside Out?

It’s a somewhat commonly held belief in the skincare world that drinking lots of water and eating certain foods can moisturize your skin “from the inside out,” meaning that what you imbibe and munch on will gradually be processed by your body and make it out to the skin through a gradual process of diffusion.

So, is this true? Well, the answer is a bit more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no,” and is more along the lines of “yes, partially, sometimes, depending on a few things.” As such, Vine Vera saw fit to make an article on this phenomenon examining the way “inside out” skin hydration works, and how much of the hype about it is true, and how much is just…well, hype.

So read on and get ready for a lesson in somewhat dubious, somewhat truthful body of knowledge on “inside out” skin moisturization.

The Bad News
Let’s get the unpleasant part out of the way first. To this end, let us start by saying that drinking water alone isn’t going to do much for your skin. Granted, it can do something, and it’s important to stay hydrated for other reasons related to general health, too, so don’t go ignoring water now, but just remember that the impact of staying hydrated alone is at best supplemental to other measures, and definitely not sufficient on its own.

For that matter, neither is eating certain foods for skin moisturization. Granted, eating the right foods can have a rather big impact on your skin, it’s just not enough on its own. Noticing a trend here? The most successful approaches to skincare tend to be holistic ones, which take into account all the various factors influencing your skin, and make efforts on multiple fronts, meaning using high quality products—like the ones Vine Vera offers—for external care, and drinking plenty of water, and eating healthily with the skin and body in mind, and doing anything else necessary to take care of specific skincare issues you’re facing.

The Good News
As we said above, adding nutritive and moisturizing components to your diet can help moisturize your skin quite a bit, even if it isn’t enough on its own. That said, the impact it makes is nothing to sneeze at, so let Vine Vera discuss some of the various ways you can moisturize your skin from the inside out with food.

What you should be doing is adding foods to your diet that are rich in essential fatty acids, particularly the omega-3 fatty acids. You can actually take an omega-3 supplement daily, which could help a lot if you’re not confident in your ability to get it out of your diet, but as usual, it is more helpful to get it from food rather than a supplement. Try eating things like walnuts, salmon, and flaxseed, or use olive oil on your salads and sandwiches frequently. You can also use olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil to cook and fry with, and get plenty of essential fatty acids that way.