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Hydration and complexion

I came across this picture on Pinterest (hopefully it will show at a decent size) and it really resonated with me. I have a tough time staying hydrated due to my line of work which prevents me from drinking anything before and during whatever portion of the day I am working (cannot leave the OR until case is over, cannot eat or drink). My skin has been looking rather drab and I am wondering if anyone had some insight into this. I'm trying to make it a goal to drink 4 glasses of water later in the day and on the days I am not working but it is not going so well. Has anyone noticed a huge difference in their skin based on their water consumption?

 

(note difference in lighting and softness so difficult to direct compare, likely retouched to some extent as well)

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My body is just all around better when I drink more water. I used to not drink any water at all - only Diet Coke. I started to drink more water, and my skin definitely improved, plus I felt better physically too. 

I hate when I'm in the middle of something in the lab and can't get to my water. I hope you can figure out a way to get more water! Maybe when you're eating, you could try to eat a few extra water-rich fruits and vegetables? I'm not sure how much that would contribute, but it certainly wouldn't hurt!

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Water pretty much makes everything better. I know that when I drink more water, I am more awake and active, and alao more focused. And my skin does react when I don't get enough water. I definitely think that more water will help your skin - one tip I can give is to always carry a water bottle around, that way you are more likely to drink it. I know that sometimes big waterbottles can be a pain, so if it in inconvenient, just use one of those baby water bottles meant for on the go. Just realize that there will be no immediate results, it could take up to 3 months to see significant results 

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Wow... that is a seriously dramatic difference. She looks so much healthier! This might provide me with the motivation to actually start drinking more water!

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Water makes a huge difference in my skin!  I've been filling up a 32oz water bottle twice a day with Propel berry drink packets, we have heavily chlorinated water and it tastes awful, and I find I actually am getting at least a gallon of water in a day!  I feel healthier and my skin does seem to play nicer.  Smiley Happy

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Water plays a huge role in how your skin looks. I usually try to get about 2-3 litres a day since I workout heavily. For the past 6 weeks I've been slacking and my skin has definitely lost some of its glow. Gotta get back to it!

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Thank you for your input ladies!! Sipping on some H2O right now...!

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The body needs water, for tons of reasons. Besides hydration, water is needed to flush out toxins, which can appear in the skin.

 

Also using a moisturizer on damp skin will hold in the water better, since drinking water reaches the skin last.

 

If you don't like plain water, try adding a water enchancer and/or eating fresh fruits and veggies; try to swap, at least once a day, a form of water for a sugary drink...if you're a sugary drinker.

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I find it difficult to drink that much water a day. An easier method is opting for soups as often as possible during meals.

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A few years back I gave up soda, juices with added sugar, and sports drinks. It was a lot easier than it seems. I got a thermos insulate water bottle that holds. It hold 16 oz & I try to drink 3-4 of them a day. Since the thermos keeps the water cold (even when sitting in my car in the summer) I usually end up drinking 4-5 a day)

I keep a pitcher in the fridge with infused water that will have anything from berries to cucumbers & mint in it. 

I still drink my 2-3 cups of coffee a day, but noticed a difference when I cut everything else out. I still like sports drinks when I'm sick, but I like to cut them with water. 

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