Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One Month Water Challenge: Will drinking 3 liters of water a day take 10 years off my face?

We all know that we should drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Every celebrity going (Jen being today's latest) seem to  claim that their secret to staying young and slim is plain old water. They wax lyrical about how they're 'naturally' slim and wrinkle free down to drinking their recommended 2 litres a day. It all seems so easy, sure just turned on the tap there, but what I want to know is how many of us actually drink the full two litres a day? I know I definitely don't, I'd say I drink around a liter at the max. I always start with good intentions, I'll do it for around 3 days and then forget all about it. 

A friend sent me this article on the Daily Mail a few months ago and I've been thinking about it on and off since. In brief, the journalist drank 3 litres of water every day for a month in a bid to aid digestion and stop her headaches. She claims that it helped with both issues but just check out her face! 

(full article on the Daily Mail)

Pretty epic isn't it!? And all of that achieved by drinking some uisce? I'm sold.

Since I've turned 30, I have to admit, I've developed a bit of an anti aging obsession. I've become more aware of my skin and any subtle fine line that appears to be forming that I thought I ever would be. Jesus, as I'm typing this Pulp are singing 'Help the Aged'. Piss off Jarvis Cocker..... this is definitely a sign. 
Anyways, I've started to regret all of those years of taking a smooth and crease free face for granted and I'm beginning to worry if I'll end up with a face like a creased shirt (or to quote the Enabler 'a leather handbag)  by the time I'm 40 thanks to my stints on the sunbed and my wanton abandon when it came to sunscreen. Alright, if I'm being really honest about it, I don't think smokes, drink and sleeping with my make up on has done me any favours in the long run either. Smoking and drinking ruins your skin. Who knew?

Well, they say there's nothing worse than a reformed smoker and definitely a woman with too much time on her hands so I've decided to do something about it. Anyone who knows follows me on Instagram will know that I'm quite the fan of self set challenge, especially if there's a hint of narcissism involved. I'm also just a sucker in general for miracle cures and anything that seems new or interesting. So given that, I've decided to see if drinking a heap of water a day can knock 10 years off my skin too.

I'm going to post a weekly picture and progress report on this blog. I figure if my makeupless mush is up on the net for everyone to see then I'll have to stick to it. 
As usual, at the start of something I'm all full of optimism. I know 3 litres might seem like a lot but I'm rationalizing that I can break this down in two 500ml bottles of water three times a day, two in the morning, two in the afternoon and two in the evening. Doesn't seem to bad that way... right...?....Right??   I'm not a huge tea or coffee drinker but I might substitute a bottle for the odd cuppa here and there.

6 of them a day seems pretty doable doesn't it? 

Ok, so I've procrastinated long enough,  here comes the mugshot. Here's my no make up, filterless face in all it's gory or glory, I'll leave that one up to you.

Week 1:

yep, sorry for that! 

Next Thursday I'll post a comparison shot and write an update on how I got on. I'll also post up on Instagram with a hastag of:  #onemonthwaterchallenge

So who's up for it? If you are join in my instagram hastag or leave a comment below. Here's to being 21 again ;)

** Slight Update** 
I've just been informed by a friend that excessive water conmsumption could be damaging to your bodies vitamin, mineral etc absorbtion , it depends on a variety of factors including your height, weight and activity. Makes sense really. 
I used this link here (click on me) to calculate how much water I should drink. I'm 5ft 7.... I'm not giving the rest away ;) but it's coming in that I should drink around two and a half to three litres a day. Check yours out too before you begin. If you're on the shorter side, Huzzah! Less toilet trips for you!

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