With billions spent every year on skincare products and highfalutin beauty trends, it is no wonder that many of us are left frustrated with the small or non-existent improvements to our skin. However, it is important to note, that there is no such thing as a miracle fix. Even the most amazing skincare products on the market will not improve your skin’s health, appearance or texture; if you are not eating a skin healing diet.
The foundation of this guide is the simplest, yet vital step of all – Drink Water.
It cannot be stressed enough how important staying hydrated is, in relation to the appearance and health of your skin. For a visual reminder, just imagine the differences between a supple, firm, juice filled grape; and a wrinkly, dehydrated, shrivelled raisin. Now, if you are reading this and subtly mouthing to yourself “I drink loads of water, and I still haven’t noticed a change,” then we are here to tell you that this could be down to incorrectly consuming water. Yes, there is a correct and incorrect way to hydrate your body.
Firstly, since “loads’ is not a unit of measurement, it is important to make sure that you are actually giving your body the right amount of water, not just what you determine to be enough. We could mirror nearly every other online article and give you a set amount of water to drink daily, but this would not be helpful to anyone. Specific recommendations are much too generalised, especially when considering that readers can be of all different ages, sexes and body masses. As well as, from different environments and have varying fitness levels. Instead, we prefer a more personalised approach. To work out how much water you should be drinking daily, start by establishing your weight in pounds. If you half this number, the answer will be the amount of water you should be drinking in ounces. Converting this into litres will then give you how many litres of water you should be consuming daily.
For example, if a person weights 160 pounds then equation works out as:
Therefore 80 ounces is the amount of water they should be drinking daily. This converted into litres = 2.3 litres a day. Remember, this will increase if you are doing a lot of exercise or in hotter climates, where you are likely to sweat more.
Reaching your daily intake target can seem like an impossible task, especially if you are on-the-go for most of your time. For this reason, we recommend starting your day by drinking two full glasses of water first thing the morning. This has the added benefit of giving you a morning boost of energy, by replacing the water you lost during your sleep. The next phase would be to carry a bottle of water around with you, which you can sip and fill up throughout your day. This is also a fantastic way to keep track of your intake.
(Quick Tip: Adding a squeeze of lemon to your morning glasses of water has been proven to aid digestion.)
In the interest of optimising your health, it is best practice to carry around a glass water bottle instead of plastic. Glass bottles do not possess chemicals, thus they have the ability to offer ‘purity of taste. This means that there are no chemicals that can leach into your water over time. This is not the case with plastic bottles, which leach chemicals into your water; affecting both the taste and the quality. Studies have shown that this element of plastic bottles can be seriously detrimental to your health as time goes on. In addition to this, plastic bottles can quickly and easily develop small cracks which act as perfect hiding spaces for bacteria to grow and multiply. Whereas, glass bottles can be washed at higher temperatures and have an exceptionally long shelf life.
Finally, what makes the most difference to health and hydration is the balance of water and electrolyte intake. To sum this idea up without delving too deeply into the scientific explanation – When water enters our bodies, electrolytes are the welcome hosts that introduces it to our cells and gives it directions on where to go. As these two elements go hand-in-hand, an inadequate amount of either water or electrolytes will speak volumes on your skin. So, one top tip we highly recommend, is incorporating hydrating foods into your diet alongside your water intake. These include fruits and vegetables such as celery, watermelon, cucumber, berries, pineapple, tomatoes, broccoli and citrus fruits. These hydrating foods are full of electrolytes such as magnesium, calcium potassium and sodium, which will maintain our bodies natural balances. They are also water rich, with water making up over 80% of their composition.
Following these small changes should reveal improvements to your skin, in as little as 4 weeks. However, it is important to recognise that these are steps towards a healthier, permanent lifestyle; rather than a quick change for short-lived results. It is best to find ways to adapt these methods to your current routine and personality for longevity. For example, if you are the type of person who dislikes the plain taste of water, then experiment by infusing your water with fruits and vegetables. This is a wonderful and natural ways to add flavours, whilst increase your likelihood of drinking your daily recommended amount.