The Importance of Drinking Water

After being sick with a cold for a full week recently, and being stuck with some residual sniffles and a cough, I can vouch for how important it is to drink water! Within that week I noticed not just changes in my health but in my skin! My skin began clearing up on its own, without the help of any skincare products, because at the time I was just washing my face with a cleanser. I also noticed the redness that has been on my face since puberty had disappeared, the oily t-zone as well, leaving my skin feeling healthy and hydrated. And for that week all I was doing was getting rest, drinking on average 6 full glasses of water a day while on antibiotics.

It sounds so simple to drink the required 8 of 8 oz glasses, or half a gallon, of water a day, but it’s not. After all those benefits, and I was able to start working again once I got healthy, I fell back into step with my usual 2 to 3 of full glasses of water a day, plus 1-2 beverages with that. That only brings me to 3 to 4 beverages a day, while the average intake (AI) for women is 9 beverages a day. While I am short by half I am starting to become more conscience about it. It is also important to remember to replenish your body’s water supply not only by consuming liquids, but by eating foods that contain water, like fruits and veggies. Continue reading

Hyaluronic Acid

This past Friday when my best friend and I went shopping, we were browsing inside Sephora. My friend decided to grab a face mask without looking at the ingredients, for a hydration. I immediately told her to look at the ingredients and find if it had hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate. Reason? Because it is a BEAST moisturizer and is considered by many as the “fountain of youth.” Sure enough, the product she picked up had it listed. 😉

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Turmeric

A member of the ginger family, turmeric has long been used as a spice in Asian countries. Even in my home, where we call it “haldi”, it is in majority of the desi dishes my mother makes. It is a major beauty ingredient culturally as well, used for brides and grooms during preparations to beautify themselves, during the “yellow mehndi” as my mother tries to translate it into English, ha. 🙂 During this celebration, everyone wears yellow as to not ruin their clothing when wearing turmeric masks, as it is a heavy yellow dye.

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