This beauty secret is age-old; so simple, so powerful, and costs absolutely nothing. Need a hint? You probably don't, but I feel like throwing a fun riddle in regardless, so here goes:
People boil it. People freeze it. People soak in it. People cook with it. People drink it. People derive beauty out of it. What is it? Kool-Aid, of course! Just kidding. The answer is WATER, clearly. (Pun definitely intended).
Water is an incognito beauty miracle… ready, willing, and able to bolster ones comeliness. Here we will explore: (some) of water’s benefits, ways to incorporate water into your beauty routine, how to make water less ‘boring’, and a few beauty products related to our topic.
BEAUTY BENEFITS: How water works in your favor
Water promotes younger skin, stronger nails, shinier hair, and a healthier body. The more your body has of it, the more ways your body finds to make use of it. Water flushes toxins out of your body and unclogs pores along the way, resulting in more beautiful (and clear) skin. Skin cells that are filled with water become bulging skin cells; this neat little phenomenon hides fine lines, wrinkles, and yes… even cellulite.
H20 HABITS: A few habits utilizing water to complement your beauty regime
- Drink your skin beautiful
This is a habit that everybody should incorporate into their daily ritual: beauty routine or otherwise. Drinking 8 glasses of water per day affords innumerable health benefits, but we will keep it surface here (no pun intended) and talk about the benefits it has on your skin. Hydrating from the inside out will lead to much more radiant, glowing skin. It may sound like a chore, but this is one habit you can pick up that has NO downside whatsoever.
- Give your skin the spa treatment – at home
Water is doubly useful in achieving a good facial cleanse; beneficial in both hot and cold forms. Allow the hot water in your bathroom sink to steam up and hold your face over it for a minute or so. The steam will open your pores up, encouraging a much more thorough cleanse. (Alternatively, you can use a hot washcloth and place it over your face.) Wash your face with your cleanser of choice. Finish this step with a cold-water rinse. The cold water returns your skin to its normal functioning state quicker, closes your pores, and prevents shine/perspiration. It also helps eliminates redness and sets your skin for a better makeup application. In fact, if you’ve run out of makeup primer, a cold water rinse will help stand in its place.
- Rinse your way to better hair
Another beneficial water rinse is one that can be utilized in the shower: after washing and conditioning your hair, rinse hair under cold water. This closes the cuticle over the hair shaft, seals it, and makes your hair smoother and shinier for the day. Who wouldn’t want that?
On a related note, the "right" stream of water in the shower is crucial. Soft water contains less mineral salts than hard water does, and it won't leave the same amount of mineral deposits that hard water will. Translation: softer, more manageable hair that is easier to style. It also means your hair color won’t fade as quickly. (We discuss products that help combat hard water at the end of this article.)
- “Set” your hair up for success
If you are looking to style your hair and ensure a lasting hold, you already know that it helps to “set” your hair first. Hair gel, mousse, hairspray, pomade, etc. are commonly used as a part of this process. However, water is a wonderful and effective alternative. Water does not contain the harsh, drying chemicals found in many of the aforementioned products; as such, it will not turn your hair crispy, make it hard, or weigh it down. And if you happen to mess up while setting your hair, it can easily be rinsed out… with itself. Beat that, hairspray.
- Use water as a styling agent
- For Bouncy Curls: Pull damp hair up into a “sock bun” (easy tutorial can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EecMZ8wxAFg). Go to sleep. Wake up. Remove bun. Enjoy.
- For Loose Waves: Place hair into a French Braid overnight. Soaking wet hair won’t be dry by morning if put into a braid. It will be a half-wet mess of confused-looking hair, so make sure your hair is damp before braiding. Upon waking, you should have a head of loose waves that will last you throughout the day.
- For Crimped Hair: Section damp hair, making multiple braids throughout. Braids should be about 1” wide, braided through the entire length of the hair, and tied at the bottom. In the morning, reveal your newly-crimped hair, and finger-style to finish.
- For Beachy Waves: Setting hair into beachy waves is easy. You just need a spray bottle, water, and sea salt. Combine 1/4 cup of water to 2 teaspoons of sea salt, and add the mixture to your spray bottle. Spritz hair until damp. Scrunch hair with fingers to encourage waves. Allow to air dry. Presto! Beautiful beach waves without the beach (or sunburn).
As evidenced by just this short list, water's beauty benefits are all-encompassing and impressive. Try to incorporate water into your beauty routine and you will quickly be sold on this natural, free, and plentiful resource. You have nothing to lose and beauty to gain.