Are you getting enough?

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There are so many things we can do to improve our skin and one of the most important and most affordable ways to do this is by drinking an adequate amount of water daily.  It is so very important for overall good health because water aids in digestion, circulation, absorption and even excretion.

Not to mention skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best, skin is an organ, and without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. 

If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.  Water actually makes  your skin soft and smooth and makes the skin more elastic. Without enough water, the skin will more easily wrinkle and dry out.

We lose large quantities of water every day, and we need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin.  So, it's important to apply water to our skin and keep it there - this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.

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 So water will help anti-aging?
When skin is well-hydrated, it is more plump and resilient. This is due, at least in part, to an ingredient in the skin called hyaluronic acid. The job of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to hold water. When there is adequate water from inside and out the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. It is important to drink lots of fluids throughout the day for best results. You’ve probably heard that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is a good idea but you may need more or less depending on your activity level. Coffee and fizzy drinks do not count as water because they contain caffeine which is a diuretic, meaning that they draw water out of your system and your skin.

How can I up my water intake?

Eat your water - If you eat a lot of fruit and veggies, you don't end up needing to drink as much, because you're eating your water.  Choose fruits and veggies with high water content, like melons, strawberries, lettuce, celery and cabbage.

 Flavoured Water - Skip the artificially sweetened, colored and flavored drink packets, and flavor your own water at home. Just squeeze in some fresh lemon or lime juice. 

 More Tea? - Whether you drink it hot or iced, unsweetened tea gives you a nice flavor boost with no added sugars. Different teas each come with their own health benefits, so you get a health boost when you choose unsweetened teas.

Water is vital, however there is no point in drinking a lot of water if you don’t do the other essential things for skin health:

  • Eat fresh fruit and vegetables which add a lot of water to the diet as well as antioxidants and fiber

  • Drink milk and fruit juice as additional sources of water

  • Take essential fatty acid supplements like evening primrose oil or flaxseed

  • Take glucosamine supplements to hold moisture in cells

  • Use a good daily moisturizer

  • Drink water throughout the day at regular intervals

Love Alannah x