Over the past few days, you may have noticed that we’ve been on a quest to get better skin. From figuring out how much sleep we need, to getting all the details about exfoliation, there are several beauty lessons we’ve learnt. As a part of our series, we turned to Dr. Rashmi Shetty to find out how our water intake affects our complexion.
First, the good news. Unlike what your mother has been telling you, 8 glasses of water per day isn’t really necessary. Each person’s water consumption varies on the basis of factors such as their exercise pattern, the ambient temperature and perspiration. Whilst over-hydrating will dilute the salts in your body and cause an imbalance, it is important to have enough water to flush out the toxins and hydrate your skin. The best way to know if you have had enough liquids, is to listen to your body. Cramps, tiredness and yellow urine are markers of being less hydrated.
If you are looking to up your water intake, here are a few fun ways to do so:
Since we’re glued to our phones all day, an app is the easiest way to track our consumption. Plant Nanny is a cute app that feeds your virtual plant every time you drink a glass of water.
Toting around a bluetooth-enabled bottle will make you the envy of your gym. Hidrate Spark is one such example which syncs with a number of devices including a Fitbit and Apple Watch. Apart from noting down how much you drink, it also glows to remind you to have a sip.
If water is too boring for you, amp up the flavour with natural ingredients. Use cinnamon powder, lemons or mint leaves to add a refreshing twist to your water. Make it more fun by pouring it all out into a mason jar!