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34So, here we are beginning a New Year. I love fresh starts and any excuse to have one. Because we are human after all, it is hard to change habits and the New Year is one of those fresh starts that gets us hopeful that we will do better this time.

I’ve decided this year to not go for broke. To break down my resolutions into 21-Day Challenges to actually succeed in creating a new habit. I have been successful doing Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditations and I’ll be starting a 21-Day Yoga Challenge with Wanderlust on Jan. 9, 2017. Click the links to sign up for either of these opportunities. I like them because my approach to skincare as a leading clinical asethetician is a 360 degree concept. Great skin is not developed just from topical applications and procedures, it also comes from reduced stress with yoga, meditation and moderate exercise, and eating for your skin, hair and nails through micronutrients and supplements.

Well, this year I am completing my book Bento Box Beauty, starting a local radio show and turning 55 and thought that I need to live my book a little closer than I have been doing. Mostly because my skin is starting to sag, a few wrinkles are showing and age spots are popping up and all of a sudden I’m becoming somewhat vein at this “mid-life” marker! My goal, just like a lot of my readers, is to look as young as I can, as naturally as I can while having vitality into my next 50 years.

I have created 17 Healthy Skin Challenges for 2017 that will help both you and me look younger, feel better and create a fantastic lifestyle changes that will start in 2017 but will last a lifetime!

Our First Resolution of 2017- Drink More Water

Like everyone I am busy, too busy. That’s why my husband calls me Rushy and hence the company name Rushy Rush. We can’t cram enough into this 24/7 life in which we are living.

I like to keep the small things simple, almost on auto pilot so I have the head space to devote to the big things I want to accomplish in life.

Therefore, for the next 21 Days we are going to simply drink more water.What drinking more water will do for us:

  1. Swap out sugar laden drinks such as sodas, juices and alcohol
  2. Helps to flush out nasty toxins
  3. Enhanced health
  4. Increased energy
  5. Bright, clear eyes
  6. A radiant complexion
  7. Bloating and puffiness often disappear
  8. Carries nutrients to every cell in your body
  9. Improves circulation and blood flow
  10. Lubricates your joints

As aestheticians, we have a saying, “Water is the last thing in and the first thing out”. What does this really mean? It means that drinking more water alone is not going to give you great looking skin.

When you drink water, it is taken up in the stomach and small intestines such that 99% of water (and food for that matter) is taken up by the time it reaches the large intestine.  You lose water 3 ways: sweating, breathing (you take in dry, breath out humid) and urination.  You drink and excrete water basically to keep your tissues hydrated and blood pressure stable. 

As you can see, water is the last thing to your tissues (skin) and since we have Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) its the first thing out through our skin. So we are concentrating on drinking water for the list above which are the by-products of being correctly hydrated. This will be important for the following challenges we complete together this year.

What kind of water should I drink?

  1. Alkaline water
  2. Filtered water
  3. 365 Days of Beauty Elixirs

Water…how much to drink?

Okay, you’re in. You’re convinced of the benefits of drinking water for your skin and your health. But drink 8 glasses of water per day? Yikes!

The Mayo clinic suggests using “8X8” as a guideline…8 glasses, 8 ounces each, of fluid daily. You may need even more.

Exercising, hot weather, and heated indoor air all cause your body to lose water. Increased water output requires increased water input.

Here are some links to Hydration Calculators to get your personalized water intake needs:

Or if you are a DIY here’s the calculation from umsystem.edu:

water-calculation

water-exercise-calculation

Another tip from medindia.net to get 8-10 glasses of water in a day:

  • Drink 2 glasses of water after waking up. It helps activate internal organs
  • Drink 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal (3-5 per day). It helps digestion.
  • Drink 1 glass of water before a shower. It help lower blood pressure.
  • Drink 1 glass of water before going to bed. It help avoid heart attacks.

How do you know if you’re consuming enough water?

Answer these questions:

  • Is your thirst quenched?
  • Is your urine clear or pale yellow?
  • Do you feel good?

If so, then you’re drinking enough. My own indication? Lots of trips to the bathroom!

Don’t forget, all fluids count in hydration, but keep them sugar free because we will talk about glycation and how it ages your skin in our next challenge.