Hydration. Every face makeup products advertisement promises hydration, yet what are they promising that eight glasses of water a day can’t do? Our bodies are nearly two-thirds water and our blood supply has almost the same ratio of salt to water as that found in the ocean. If you’ve ever tasted sea water you know that’s salty. The shocking fact is that by the time you feel thirsty you have already lost over one percent of your total body water.
Getting low on water, or dehydration, slows the metabolism. Some signs of dehydration include muscle or joint soreness, dark colored urine, dry lips, crankiness, headaches, fatigue and constipation. A hang-over, and all that goes with it, is a by-product of dehydration. Your skin reacts to dehydration by an increase in plugging due to a lack of sloughing off of dead skin cells.
Famous models with shimmering skin, when asked about their beauty routine, usually confide that water is their best friend. They drink it all day, every day (and stay out of direct sun light). Yet there is no scientific proof that water helps flush the sebum, or fatty lubricant matter secreted by the sebaceous glands, from the pores. Anecdotal evidence, however, suggests that it helps clear the pores. Of course models have genes on their side, but they help themselves by drinking at least eight, eight ounce glasses water every day.
Drinking that much water sounds like hard work, nowhere near as easy as putting back a beer, soda pop, juice or coffee. But don’t forget, as delicious as coffee can be, caffeine has a mild diuretic effect and can keep precious water from the tissues that need it.
The good news is that water has become sexy. Today there are so many name brands to chose from that one can get overwhelmed by all the choices and wonder if one is any better than another. Doctors usually suggest that if the water in your area is good, drink tap water; that way you get all the minerals that are filtered out of bottled spring water. And some doctors prefer distilled water because it has been shown to have some healing properties (removes free radicals).
Water has been called the elixir of life and you can see why. It’s so refreshing to swallow, and easy to imagine it having the same effect on your skin. Keep a bottle of fresh water on your desk at work, take a water break instead of a coffee break, alternate glasses of sparkling water with alcohol beverages during social occasions and when you exercise, drink water before, during and after your routine. Make water your new best friend, take a bottle of it with you where ever you go. And bottoms up!