You know perfect-skin people?
No, they're not a myth. Most of us know one or two women who talk about how they have so little pimples that they didn't know what one was when they woke up one morning. Don't even get me started on the celebrities who walk around the red carpet with dewy skin being all, "Who me? Yes, my skin does look like this all the time."
It's downright nauseating. And the worst part about these people is that they always give the same response when you ask how their skin came to look like one of those weird Disney princess illustrations:
"My skin? Oh, I just drink a ton of water."
...excuse me? Did you seriously just tell me that your skin is wrinkle-free, acne-free, basically pore-free, all because you drink a few more glasses of water a day than I do?
If this is true, then it's the biggest medical breakthrough since the polio vaccine.
But is it? Can drinking a lot of water actually solve all your dermatological woes?
The short answer is no. The longer answer is...no.Mona Gohara, a Yale dermatologist, spoke to Cosmopolitan about the world's most infuriating beauty myth. "Sorry, but no, water is not the secret cure for all of your skin issues. Yes, it's true that your skin can functionally benefit from being well-hydrated, because it's an organ, but it's not like the water you drink will funnel directly into your pores to cure your acne or get rid of wrinkles... At the end of the day, your skin barrier functions better when it's well-hydrated, and worse when it's dehydrated."
Take that, annoying skin people! Your little water line isn't going to work anymore, so it's time to 'fess up and tell us where you got whatever potion you're slathering onto your face at night.
On a more serious note, it makes sense that people think water is such a life saver (word play, since water is literally needed to survive): for one, hydrating does give your skin a boost, but more importantly, people who are focused on hydrating often are also more likely to not be doing the things that give us worse skin in the first place, like taking tequila shots and ordering a Big Mac.
So yeah, the water can help, but a better idea is to think about how you're treating your body in general. Drink more water, and your skin will be more hydrated. Drink more tequila, not so much.