Everyone wants to know; what's the secret to healthy hair & skin? The truth is... there is no "secret".
Most people are looking for the "end all be all" of answers that will miraculously cure all their hair or skin insecurities. Our hair and skin needs are very different so what may work for you, may not work for me and vice versa. But what we all have in common is the need for water. After all, more than half of the human body is water. So when someone asks me for advice on skin or hair, my first question is always, "are you hydrated enough?"
What Is Hydration?
As you may have figured by now, we can't talk about hydration without talking about water. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines hydration as "the condition of having adequate fluid in the body tissues".1 Simply put; hydration means having enough water in your body to function the way it should. How much water you will need each day will vary from person to person.
Fun Fact: babies are more hydrated than adults having about 78% of their body made up of water while women have less water in their body than men; 55% and 60% respectively.
When we are talking more precisely about our hair and skin, hydration is two fold. It involves getting enough water internally and externally. You cannot be hydrated in this sense without both.
How Will I Know If I'm Hydrated Enough?