In Part 2 of my Skincare Essentials Series, I’m going to reveal to you the BEST Anti-Aging Treatment of all time! Yes, that’s a big claim. But trust me, this REALLY REALLY works. And even better, it’s VERY affordable! Are you ready to find out what it is?
Have you ever seen someone who has a perfectly clear looking complexion? I’m talking about someone who has youthful, healthy, glowing looking skin. They never seem to have any dry or flaky patches on their skin and little to no fine lines or wrinkles. You most likely know someone like that. I know I do. In fact, I know lots of people like this. You may be thinking that’s down to amazing genes. And sometimes it is. Or perhaps some amazing wonder cream they’ve been using. But most likely, it comes down to something else. A little habit that they do every single day. Or rather, something that they consume every single day.
So what is this amazing, wonderful thing that’s the BEST Anti-Aging Treatment Ever?
It’s called H2O. Or as it’s better known as water!!! Okay, so technically water is not a skincare product. But it is the absolute basis of every healthy skin care routine. You can buy the best, most expensive moisturisers, serums and face oils that are on the market. But, if you’re not drinking enough water, you’re not going to get the great results that you want, no matter how much or how often you’re using that fancy expensive skincare product.
I so often see clients and models who have beautiful, clear skin. Yet, they have dry patches on their face. This is not necessarily because they have dry skin. It’s because they have dehydrated skin. And it’s dehydrated because they don’t drink enough water.
The absolute best thing you can EVER do for your skin is to ensure that drinking water is part of your skincare routine every single day.
How does your skin work?
Let’s start with a few basic facts. Your body is made up of 70% water, and your skin is made up of 64% water. Even your brain is made up of 90% water! Your skin is an organ, in fact, the largest organ you have. Like all parts of the body, your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells are made up of water. Each organ needs water, in order to function properly. So if you think about it, if your skin isn’t getting enough water, it’s not going to function at it’s best.
For starters, the effects of this are going to show in the form of dull, dehydrated, flaky looking skin. Let’s think of an example for a moment. Think about a plant that hasn’t been watered. It begins to look whithered, drooping and dry as it’s lacking water. But give it some water, and it begins to flourish and grow and it looks healthy and glowing again. The skin behaves in the same way.
Our skin loses so much water on a daily basis. It’s lost through things like central heating, sweating whilst working out, the sun and various other environmental factors. So we need to constantly replace this water, in order to prevent dehydration. And other telltale signs of dehydrated skin are fine lines, larger looking pores, and of course, wrinkles.
So why is water the best anti-aging treatment ever?
As we’ve already established, drinking plenty of water every single day is going to hydrate your skin. Hydrated skin looks healthy and glowing. When your skin is hydrated, it’s plump and elastic, in other words, thicker. So this means that the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are diminished. It kind of ‘fills in’ the pores and wrinkles if you like. Normally to get the best anti-aging treatment available, you’d have to pay an absolute fortune. But water is so cheap, and depending on where you live, it can be free. And unlike some anti-aging treatments, water doesn’t leave your skin looking red or take a few hours to recover from.
Another benefit is that the skin is less likely to crack, which can mean fewer blemishes and skin irritations.
Other awesome benefits of drinking water for your body
Not only does drinking plenty of water have visible effects on your skin, it also has lots of benefits for the entire body. Feeling tired is one of the first signs of dehydration. Drinking water increases your energy and relieves fatigue. So if you’re feeling the afternoon slump, drink some water instead of going straight for caffeine. The effects of drinking water last much longer than drinking caffeine will, and they’re far better for your skin. Caffeinated drinks won’t hydrate your skin. But water will. And it will help you to feel more energetic, as well as help you to concentrate better, leading to more productivity.
Water suppresses hunger by filling up your tummy, making you feel fuller. Sometimes we think we’re hungry, when in fact we’re actually dehydrated. So next time you feel like this, drink some water first. This can help to stop food cravings too, which can help with weight loss.
Water flushes out toxins and it maintains regularity. Okay, not the sexiest of things, but these are vital for a healthy body and healthy skin. Water even helps us to feel in a better mood. When you feel hydrated, you feel refreshed and full of energy which in turn leads to a better mood.
How much do I need to drink I hear you ask?
Well, how about we start off small and say 1 litre of water per day. Now I know some of you are thinking that’s a LOT of water. But it’s actually very easy to drink 1 litre of water per day.
Like anything in life, once you’re in the routine of doing it, it’ll become second nature to you. Buy yourself a 1-litre water bottle that you can reuse and fill with water every day. Or if you prefer, buy a 500ml water bottle. The smaller volume may seem more manageable, even if you are filling it up twice. Plus walking to the tap will burn a couple of calories too. Every little helps, right? 🙂 You can buy these in supermarkets, on Amazon, or even from your fitness studio. Then keep it by your desk, in your handbag, wherever it’s close to you. Once it’s right beside you, it’s so easy to reach for it and drink some water. Think of it like this. When there’s some chocolates or sweets in the fridge, don’t you reach for them ‘because they’re there’? Well, the same principle applies here. When the water is within reach of you, you’re going to drink it.
Mini Challenge for you:
Try drinking 1 litre of water every day for 7 days in a row. You’ll begin to notice the benefits within this time frame. For starters, your skin will look and feel more hydrated. Your energy levels will improve, leading to better concentration levels. And you’ll feel in a better mood as a result. So you’re not only going to look better, but you’ll feel better too.
Bonus points if you do this:
Instead of drinking a cup of coffee or black tea (which contains caffeine) first thing in the morning, drink a glass of water instead. Your skin needs hydration after you sleep, so a glass of water is not only going to perk up your skin, it’s going to perk you up too. You can drink the glass of water whilst waiting for the kettle to boil or whilst the coffee machine is warming up.
But I don’t like the taste of water?
Okay, I get it. Water can taste a little bland. But there are so many ways to make it taste more interesting and very, very yummy. So for those of you who don’t like the taste of water, I’ve got some awesome tips that you’re going to love.
- Add some water-rich fruits and vegetables to your bottle of water or glass of water. So for example, add some strawberries, cucumber or watermelon to water to not only give it a lovely taste but as all of these already have a very high water content (80-90%), you’re going to get an extra boost of hydration. So it’s a win-win.
- Adding citrus fruits to water is also very tasty and very refreshing. I love to add orange, lemon and lime to water sometimes. You can either add them separately (eg: just orange, just lime, etc.) or combine all 3. Seriously yummy and amazing benefits for your skin, and your body in general.
- Or why not try some mint leaves in your water? This is so tasty, and mint is also great for aiding with digestion. You can literally be as creative as you like here. Throw in anything that you like the taste of.
Now drinking all of this water doesn’t mean you can skip using skincare products altogether. But as you’ve just read, drinking plenty of water is the first, and most important step in any healthy skin care routine. Which is why it’s THE BEST anti-aging treatment there is. It’s also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Beautiful, healthy, glowing skin also comes from what you put INTO your body. And what you put INTO your body is going to show up ON your skin. If you’re looking for even more tips that will keep you looking younger and healthy, be sure to check this out fantastic article by the Healthy Style Hub. These tips will not only help you to look healthier and younger, but they’ll also have a positive effect on your overall health and wellbeing.
Part 3 of Skincare Essentials
Coming next in part 3 of my Skincare Essentials series, I’ll be talking about the complementary products that you should include in your skincare routine. And if you missed part 1 of the series, you can catch it here. If you don’t want to miss out on any more posts, the best way to stay up to date is to become one of my fabulous VIP’s.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Is drinking water part of your daily routine? If so, how much water do you drink? Would you agree that water is the best anti-aging treatment there is? And if you don’t drink water, let me know why you don’t drink it. No judgement here. I’d just love to hear from you. I’d also love to know if you take up my challenge. And if you do, I’d love to know how it’s going for you and the differences you notice in your skin and overall wellbeing.
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