Did you know the fountain of youth is on tap in your kitchen sink? Yes, water is really the fountain of youth. The human body is composed primarily of water and water is a major component in the formation of essential body fluids such as blood. Just like a neglected plant shrivels and wilts without adequate hydration, so does human tissue. And just like water keeps a plant lush and healthy, it does the same for our skin.
However, the advice to drink 8 glasses of water a day has no real basis in medical science and the exact amount of fluid you need to drink is in question. In addition, wrinkle creams play an important role in the local hydration of skin, providing concentrated moisture that can’t be achieved through drinking water alone.
Still, keeping the body hydrated creates optimal working conditions in cells, which is nothing but good for the skin. On a purely cosmetic level, adequate water intake plumps skin reducing the appearance of fine lines. It also flushes toxins out of the body limiting their ability to damage the skin.
For optimal results, try to drink several big glasses of water a day. Note that pop, coffee, and wine don’t count and can actually cause dehydration, so extra water should be consumed to compensate for their drying effect. Signs that you are getting enough water are a lack of thirst and clear or pale urine.
It is also possible to give the fountain of youth a power boost by drinking tea of all colors; green, black and white. Teas are full of antioxidants and compounds called polyphenols which have been shown to prevent cancer. A 2001 medical study at the University of Arizona found that people who drank black tea were less likely to develop skin cancer. Adding lemon to the tea decreased skin cancer risk by 70%. For maximum cancer prevention and anti-aging effects, steep black tea for 2 to 7 minutes and drink hot. Click here to read my article on Green Tea Skin.
More importantly, a recent medical study showed marked improvements in elasticity of skin due to green tea consumption. Loss of elasticity as we age results in sagging skin and deeper wrinkles, making green tea a potent weapon in the anti-aging arsenal. For best results drink 3 to 10 cups of green tea a day and don’t add milk as that deactivates the active ingredients. If you are trying to avoid caffeine, use a decaffeinated version, which work just as well as caffeinated green tea.
Also be sure to partner water intake with a quality wrinkle cream in order to repair existing damage and prevent further aging of the skin. Tea and water alone are not enough and lack some of the key ingredients used in quality wrinkle creams such as LifeCell.
LifeCell is an all-in-one wrinkle cream that tones, lifts and brighten skins while also preventing wrinkles. Dietary approaches to anti-aging, such as drinking water, are diffused throughout the body, while LifeCell provides targeted results directly where you want to see change the most–on your face. With powerful antioxidants to eliminate free radicals and AH3, the topical equivalent to Botox, LifeCell diminishes the effects of aging while it repairs damage and prevents wrinkles.
Be sure to drink your water!
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