Just like with most things, I assumed that everyone already knew how beneficial water is as an essential component for the effective functioning of our body, the fact that approximately 50 to 70% of our body mass is made up of it (including skin, tissues, cells and the organs) and most obviously it helps to solve one of the biggest health crisis’, dehydration. Therefore, it never occurred to me to discuss it as part of this month’s theme until a fellow Skool Girl personally requested that this article be written. So here it is, with benefits of course!
1. Forget the topical creams; all you need is an adequate amount of water for soft, glistening, supple skin with a balanced complexion. Water helps to maintain the optimum skin moisture and delivers essential nutrients to the skin cells, replenishing the skin tissue and increasing its elasticity.
2. Suffering from a skin disorder like psoriasis or eczema? Water combats sensitive skin by increasing the metabolic rate and improving your digestive system to flush out toxins from the body.
3. Cold water reduces that much dreaded acne by sealing and tightening the pores. This sets the skin for better makeup application.
4. While were on the topic of ‘cold water’, did you know that it also helps to reduce under-eye inflammation? Well now you know. As the water evaporates from the skin, the surface becomes cooler. This also works well to reduce eye puffiness.
5. That Skool life stressing you out? A nice ‘cold water’ or relaxing bath calms the nerves and reduces stress related to skin damage. Try soaking your entire body in cold water for 2 to 3 minutes to rejuvenate the skin, but don’t overdo it, we wouldn’t want the skin to be stripped of it’s natural oils!
6. How about some water therapy to detoxify and tighten your skin? It never killed the ancient Eastern Europeans. Simply soak a wash cloth in steaming hot water, and then lay it on your face until it goes luke-warm. Now for the “plunge”! Splash your face with cold water around 15 times. They say this invigorates and tightens the skin…if you try it I will!
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