It’s wellness Wednesday and today I want to provide you with a couple tips on how to have clearer skin with a healthier lifestyle. If you are like me and wish you could just snap your fingers to take off that cheesecake you ate last night or the three slices of pizza from the day before or the french toast from the morning before that… okay, so if you are like me and wish there was some magic potion you could drink every day to stay healthy and clear of all those greasy foods that bring on blemishes then welcome and please, read on!

The whole magic potion idea sounds great. Here is a little secret, there is something really close to a drinkable magic potion that will aid in a generally more healthy lifestyle and definitely clearer skin. It’s *drum roll* water! Listen up folks, “the human body is more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water.”¹ When we starve our bodies of one of its main ingredients such as water we aren’t allowing a bunch of natural processes to occur. The reason why it’s often said that drinking more water is good for every part of the human body including the brain, skin, hair, brain, digestive system, and just about everything else is because it is literally made of it.

Not allowing our bodies enough water is like saying lemonade without water is still lemonade. One-third, typically more, of lemonade is water. Saying lemons and sugar makes lemonade is a lie because suddenly it is no longer a drink. Just like lemonade, humans need water, a main ingredient, to survive. Add even more water and suddenly our bodies go from surviving to flourishing with clearer skin and a more alert mind. Unlike in a refreshing cup of lemonade, bring on the extra water! Here is an extra tip, if you are missing out on the flavors but want to stick strictly to water without any artificial sweeteners or additives try spicing up your glass of water with some fruits. There is no need to purchase a fancy water infuser. Pick out your favorite fruits and a sprig of mint,  splash em’ in a glass of some good ole’ H2O and you’re good to go.

Next my friends, and this is an important one, get good rest. Every person lives a very different life from the next. Some people have to wake up at unreasonable hours for activities such as work, summer camps, or because they left their curtains open the night before and the sun comes blazing in the next morning. Other people work the night shift or don’t get home until 4am from a vacation in Prague. No matter the schedule or job not many people have the same sleep schedule which means it is unfair to tell people to go to bed at a “decent” time. What does that even mean? When you find a definition of decent that everyone can agree on, let me know.

Anyways, getting good rest means sleeping for enough time that the brain can do its thing and store away important information and memories. Not only does the brain need rest but so does your skin. Do you ever feel like those dark circles under your eyes are permanent? For some, they may be permanent, but for others, there is still the chance that they are just not getting enough sleep. Eight hours a night (or day) seems to do the trick for many. Another common misconception is that everyone of certain age groups needs a recommended amount of sleep. Not one person is the same, the best way to find what works best is to experiment. When going to bed set an alarm for 6 hours from when you plan on going to sleep then seven, then eight, and then nine. On whichever day you wake up and feel rested without the need to yawn you have succeeded. The only problem with this is that sleep deprivation tends to catch up with people a day or two later. It is better to experiment with hours of sleep needed over a few days or weeks instead of with each coming day, for better results. I do not recommend getting less than six hours or more than nine hours of sleep. It is possible to sleep for too long and definitely for not long enough.

There are hundreds of ways to protect and improve your skin and stay in tune with your own body. Check back each week for more wellness Wednesday tips. If you like what you have just read here please like and share. Comment with any tips you have on getting and keeping clear skin. Happy hump day and wishing you a wonderful wellness Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!

 

  1. “Water Facts | The Water Information Program,” Water Facts | The Water Information Program, , accessed July 12, 2016, http://www.waterinfo.org/resources/water-facts.
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