by: Amanda Ennett
If I had only known in high school what I discovered in my mid-twenties.
I was most definitely an ugly duckling in my younger years. I had glasses, braces, and acne. Luckily, I didn’t have a negative self-image and never really noticed how awkward I was.
I did, however, hate, hate, hate my acne. I remember praying to God and asking Santa Claus, “Please, I will never ask for anything again, if you could pleeeease take away my pimples.”
But it never happened. I turned 30 last year, and I still breakout, once a month. It’s not hopeless but it is very hormonal for me. At least, I now know how to combat, lessen the duration, and effectively cover-up imperfections.
So back to what I learned in my mid-twenties. During college I decided to embark on a fitness adventure. Actually, I decided to climb up on stage in a tiny little bathing suit in a friendly physique competition called Figure. This was after weeks and weeks of training, cardio, eating really healthy, and drinking so much water.
Water; it is the essence of life. It has the ability to flush fat from your body. It also, as I discovered, was and is the biggest factor in keeping my complexion clear and radiant.
Your skin is 64 percent water. Think about a grape. When it is ripe and juicy it is smooth and delicious looking. When it has been dehydrated into a raisin it becomes dry and wrinkly. The same holds true for your skin.
Water hydrates your cells from the inside out. Hydrated cells are plump and luminous.
Water brings helpful and nourishing vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to all of your cells.
Water helps carry and flush toxins out of your body. Your skin is the largest detoxification organ in your body. It’s no wonder that it gets clogged-up with junk. Water helps transport impurities away from the skin and into the body where they can be processed, neutralized, and kicked-out.
Without adequate water intake pores become more prominent. When skin is hydrated it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.
Water also decreases the concentration of oil on your skin. If the skin has an abundance of oil relative to water, it will lead to clogged pores with acne breakouts and blemishes.
So when you are really struggling with acne, try pumping your water intake for a few days, just know where the nearest bathrooms are at.