Monday, July 18, 2005

Using Water to Make Yourself More Beautiful

Using Water to Make Yourself More Beautiful

Oh, let’s be frank with each other. We’d all like to look better. If we didn’t, most of the gyms, health spas and assorted facilities would just close down. And while there are a number of things you can do to look better (smiling more frequently is astonishing in its ability to take years off your appearance, as well as toning up the facial muscles), water can and will make you a more beautiful person.

We worry about things like acne and facial blemishes, and buy all sorts of external things to take care of them. In reality, most of these are internal problems: our skin erupts with acne or other problems when there is something on the inside that’s not quite right. Water helps to take care of that “not quite right” problem. And it can do it fast.

Youth is a very forgiving time as far as looks go. When someone is 17, she can stay up all night, eat badly, and still look good. For those of us who are a few years past 17, we might have to think about it a bit more.

Dehydration becomes more and more of a problem as we age. What is also bad is that the body’s internal signal that we are dehydrated -- thirst -- just doesn’t work quite as well as we age. So, sometimes we just don’t realize that our body needs water.

Dehydration can be a problem in appearance. When the body is dehydrated, the skin on the face can look drawn and haggard. The eyes can get a sunken appearance. Or sometimes, rather than looking drawn, the skin can be bloated, as the body tries to hold in fluid. Fortunately, water can solve this problem, and pretty quickly.

The best cure is prevention. Don’t let yourself get dehydrated. Continue following my “daily water plan” outlined elsewhere in this blog, and you will keep the body well supplied with water.

But our best plans can go astray. You may pass a mirror, and wonder what’s going on. Why do I look so lousy? That’s the time to step in with extra water.

Right away, drink 2-3 glasses of water. Again, lukewarm tap water is best, but just about any type of plain water will do. Now, after you finish the water, take several deep breaths, to allow the body to circulate oxygen to the tissues. And, if you are able, splash some cool tap water on your face. You don’t necessarily have to dry it. Allow it to dry by itself, and it will soften and brighten the skin.

But, again, what I recommended above is just a type of beauty first aid. The real beauty solution is a continuing program of vibrant hydration and inner cleansing to keep your body toned and bright. Without sufficient water, not only does the body become dehydrated, but waste products may accumulate in the body’s tissues, making for a less than attractive appearance.

(to be continued tomorrow)


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