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Dr. Ebele Ugochukwu: This Is Why Water is Important For Your Skin



SHF_6472 (1) (1)Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It performs many functions the most obvious being Aesthetics.
Can you imagine if we were all walking around with our muscles, tendons, veins, arteries and nerves in plain view? Aaargh…….My sentiments exactly!!
God in his infinite wisdom gave us our skin to beautifully enclose His wondrous creation. The skin like all our other organs needs water to perform all its functions optimally.
In the course of my business, I have had many clients who admit they do not drink water. I even had a fellow doctor saying to me that all the fluids we drink vis a vis; juice, soft drinks etc. contain the water we need. I was astonished this was coming from a medical person. Nothing can replace drinking plain water (preferably at room temperature) for the optimal functioning of the body at the cellular level.

Is it possible to have good skin in the presence of dehydrated cells? Absolutely not!

Dehydrated cells are fragile, disfigured and will obviously not function optimally.

YOU CANNOT HAVE GREAT SKIN IF YOU DON’T DRINK ENOUGH WATER!! I put this in capital letters because I cannot overemphasize this enough. A minimum of 8 glasses a day or two large swan water bottles (1.5L each). I know two bottles may be difficult for those who are just starting to drink water daily but the key is to start small and slowly build up to two or more bottles daily.
Skin and Water

Water is essential for toxin removal in the body.
Lack of water Intake is akin to a house with backed up plumping. We all know what happens when you cannot flush away waste in your toilet…just imagine the same in your body, the more you water the better the body flushes out toxins and waste thus allowing your true radiant skin to shine forth.
As you become effective in hydrating yourself internally, it is also great to hydrate your face externally in the form of steam.
Steaming is very good for your face, you can achieve this by getting regular facials or buying a personal face steamer. You could even just boil hot water but in a bowl and bend over with a towel covering your head and upper back.

The water in the steam hydrates your face while the hotness of the steam will cause your pores to open and release trapped dirt and detritus.

There is a network of small blood vessels under the skin called capillaries, the flow in these capillaries is not always optimal due to many physiological reasons so activities (exercise, steaming/sauna, massage) that cause them to flow better is advantageous to the end organ supplied by the capillary network.

When the steam hits your face, the body tries to regulate the increased temperature by opening up the blood vessels and increasing flow to the capillaries so the body is kept cool by the process of evaporation. As this increased blood flow under skin occurs, it brings more oxygen and nutrients to the skin surface while removing toxins and waste chemicals as it flows back to the heart through the venous system.

All the above causes your face to become smoother, clearer and more radiant. If you steam at least twice a week you will also notice a lightening of your complexion.

The value of water in a proper skin regimen is impossible to quantify. If it is not already a habit with you please get drinking and get steaming!

Till next month, continue to put your best face forward.

Dr Ebele Ugochukwu obtained her medical degree from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. She later obtained a diploma in practical dermatology from University of Cardiff Wales. She is the MD of Sleek Studio Ltd, a company that specializes in the sales and marketing of Sleek Makeup from the UK and the company owned skin care line. She has experimented extensively with different skin care formulations and brands. Her qualifications and years of experience has led to her interest and devotion to cosmetic dermatology. Dissemination of Healthy skin care practises is the goal of Dr Ebele and she intends to achieve this by providing training, workshops and seminars to educate the Nigerian public.


  1. celine Mademoiselle

    May 13, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Great piece of advice !
    I will start steaming twice a week now.

    Thank you Dr Ebele

  2. xxx

    May 13, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Me three. And it’s cheap.
    I just love affordable therapy.

  3. Chinyere

    May 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I will try this steaming of a thing especially my face.
    Thanks a lot Ebere.

  4. Omodolapo

    May 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I hope you realise that steaming causes cystic acne for some people.

  5. bellety

    May 13, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I used to have breakouts and stuff until I started drinking a lot of water (needed to up my breast milk production). Now I never breakout, and even makeup doesn’t irritate my skin.

  6. Basiru Nuhu

    May 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

    thanks Dr you are very good to heip us

  7. IgboChick

    May 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Why is this article using plant cells as an example? LMAO

  8. Ebele Ugochukwu

    May 17, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    @igbochick, you caught me lol!! I couldn’t find a simple human cell diagram that depicted the effects of dehydration so vividly and clearly however the process is very similar in both species at the cellular level. I didn’t realise there was a professor of microbiology that would call me on it 😉
    @celine mademoiselle, @chinyere, @Basiru Nuhu You are all very welcome, more tips coming soon.

  9. Nini

    May 24, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Lovely article Dr Ebele! Great advice for everyone! Water makes everything work better! Drink more water!!!

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