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Ask any model, beautician or skin expert for their top beauty tip, and the answer you’re most likely to get is drinking lots of water. And with good reason: it's the most important nutrient for the body, and 64% of the skin (the body's largest organ) is made up of water. Learn more to understand how water – and not just drinking water - is good for your skin.
If you don't keep hydrated, your skin can lose elasticity, which has the effect of making you look tired and world-weary. Drinking lots of water might also help you to cut down your intake of sugary drinks, which can damage proteins such as collagen and elasticity, leaving you with duller, slacker skin. Aim to drink around six to eight glasses a day, which is about 1.2 litres.
If you're prone to spots or congested skin, using a water-based moisturiser can keep your skin hydrated without causing breakouts. Even better, making sure you're hydrated will help prevent dry, flaky areas on your skin, so you always look radiant.
Although it's not true that icy water will seal the pores, washing in cold water does have an effect on sebum production, preventing your skin becoming too oily, and helping prevent spots as a result.
When you wake up with tired eyes, fluid around then can make them look puffy. One great way to help reduce the swelling is to soak camomile tea bags or green tea bags in cold water for a couple of minutes, before placing the bags on your eyes until they stop being cold. Alternatively, simply splash them with cold water, to constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling.
A lot of debunked nonsense is talked about detoxifying - but actually that's exactly what your kidneys do, as long as your intake of fluids is sufficient, keeping your whole body, including your skin, healthy. If you limit your water intake, perhaps because you fear little leaks when you're out and about, your kidneys will find it harder to function.
You don't need to worry about leaks when you wear Always Discreet. Like one in three women in the UK, you may suffer from a sensitive bladder at some time in your life, but arming yourself with the right protection means you can carry on with confidence - and looking as radiant as ever.
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