I've been sitting on this one for awhile now. Not because it's a big secret, but more so because sometimes I get swept up in the passion for sharing fun things about our ingredients, I forget to mention the most important component of maintaining a healthy glow, regardless of what products you're using. And it's so simple, and sadly, the least talked about!
Recently I've been working on infographics for Bee Farmee's haircare line. Once I finished, I realized I forgot one of the most important instructions; DRINK AAAALLLL THE WATER!!!
It is such a simple thing, so basic, yet oh-so essential! If the world is composited of mostly water, our bodies composited of mostly water, what happens when our bodies don't get enough? We feel run down, our bodies start conserving its stores, and our hair, skin, and nails start getting a little crispy. Why? Because lack of water can cause skin to lose its plumpness and elasticity—leading to dryness and flakiness. Worse yet, that leads to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Dark undereye circles are also more visible when water intake is low. When your body is thirsty, your hair may become thin, brittle, dry, and break off easily—leading to the appearance of thinning hair. Just as eating properly and getting the right nutrients is key for the health of your hair and skin, so is drinking enough water.
I like to think of it like a houseplant. I have my favorite houseplant that always tells me when I need to pay him more attention (He's my favorite. Straight to the point and he doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to telling me he needs more water.). When not cared for, he droops, deflates, loses his luster, and his ends start to brown and crisp. He's always my reminder that I should probably grab a glass of water for myself after I water him. And we have to think about ourselves in the same way. How do plants grow, gardens thrive, and flowers produce? With adequate water. Drinking plenty of water is SO vital to our skin and hair health, and I hate that the health and beauty industry isn't talking more about it. I know we've all been guilty of not drinking enough here and there, myself very much so included. I can honestly say I can tell a difference on my good water days versus bad water days. Kind of like my houseplant.
So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult need? The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups of fluids a day for men and 11.5 cups of fluids a day for women. Obvious benefits of getting enough water is pertinent and fantastic for our overall health. Yay!, of course, but we're here to talk about our skin and hair, right? So let's take a look at what we'll notice when our body is fully hydrated!
When we drink enough water, our body is in perfect working condition to flush out harmful toxins and do its thing, and our face and skin reap those benefits. You're also essentially giving your skin a healthier pH balance to be a revived, healthier-looking version of yourself. Your skin will glow, your hair will shine and be primed to flourish and grow. Drinking a healthy amount of water will ultimately:
-Carrie Beth/Bee Farmee
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