After a cruel mix of broken sleep, late nights, early mornings, bitter Winter weather and a lot of December stress, it is fair to say that my skin isn’t feeling or looking its best at the moment. In fact, I almost sobbed into my Weetabix this morning as I caught my reflection in the mirror. It’s dry, grey, spotty, my lips are chapped, my eyes are bloodshot and the purple veins protruding around them would guarantee me a part on The Walking Dead. Sound familiar?
According to a recent survey, the average woman will spend £18,000 on her face in her lifetime. I myself have been guilty of buying umpteen face masks, moisturisers and the ‘must-have’ skin creams, chasing that radiant glow. However, if we rushed out to buy all of the recommended potions that are on the market right now, then surely we would be bankrupt. This morning, for instance, I started frantically googling all beauty reviews and articles, trying to find a quick fix and then got with the real world and realised that it’s a mere 3 weeks until Christmas day so I have no money to spend on myself or my skin. Why doesn’t my skin realise that it’s party season and really not the time to be a nuisance? As was googling, I noticed a lot of articles about water and the positive effects that it has on not only on your skin but on your whole wellbeing. I started asking myself, why are we spending so much on skin products when we have a free, miracle liquid flowing out of our taps at home. Are we so caught up in the new ‘must-have’ products that we’re ignoring the natural and cheap ways to making ourselves look and feel good? According to research, drinking 2-3 litres of water a day has a variety of benefits including:
- Weight loss — water naturally reduces your appetite.
- Clear skin — water flushes toxins out of your body and clears your skin of any dirt and bacteria.
- Stops headaches — Tension headaches and dizziness can be caused by fatigue which can be cured or helped by drinking water.
- Improves concentration — your brain is made up of 85% water so if you are dehydrated, it can make is harder to concentrate
- Boosts your energy — your muscles are around 75% water, your bones are about 22% and your blood is around 83%.
So the facts are there but yet, admittedly, a lot of us don’t drink half as much water as we should. So, I have decided to put this to the test by starting a 30 day water challenge and logging my findings on my blog. I’m the type of girl who can drink a glass of water on a morning and then never again for the rest of the day, this really is going to be a struggle. The photo I have posted below is me without foundation, without concealer and without my daily water intake. Scary stuff! I will post one of these photos each week, same place, same camera, no photo trickery and I am hoping that my final photo will show a drastic change. I want brighter skin, a reduction in my black bags and sparkling eyes 🙂 Lets see if water is the miracle solution that we’re all after or whether in this case, it is worth spending the extra cash. Unlined Lingerie
Lots of Love HFB