|dc.description.abstract||Background: Water is an essential component of the skin cells. Research suggests that lack of proper hydration causes skin to become dry, tight, and less resilient. A recent study showed that an increase in water intake has a positive correlation with skin appearance, especially in those who had inadequate water intake to begin with. However, opposing research studies have found that there are too many external factors to glorify water intake as the main contributor to skin appearance.
Purpose/Objective: To determine the effects of water consumption on skin complexion.
Methods: An online survey, regarding skin type, skin care processes, medications, physical activity, and fluid and dietary intake, was developed to evaluate the relationship between water intake and skin health. Researchers recruited Texas Christian University student participants using email and social media. Once the survey sample of 105 participants was met, data was analyzed using SPSS.
Results: Upon surveying participants (N=105), there were strong correlations (p<0.01), between skin type and fruit servings, skin type and yogurt consumption, and skin type and alcohol intake. There was also a strong correlation (p<0.01) among those who consumed water and additional healthy habits, such as higher fruit, vegetable, and yogurt consumption, and higher amounts of moderate or vigorous exercise. Approximately 24% (n=25) of the respondents mentioned that their skin appearance changes due to many factors including weather, medications, stress, dehydration, makeup, or menstrual cycle. There were no significant relationships between water intake and skin satisfaction or water intake and acne.
Conclusions: While water provides many benefits, other factors likely contribute to optimum skin health. Those who reported drinking more water had healthier habits overall, including exercising and consuming fruits, vegetables, and yogurt, which implies that further assessment is needed to determine which of these factors impact skin appearance and satisfaction.||