In a bid to remain youthful and retain natural good looks, many people spend a fortune on unnecessary beauty products. Often, these are full of additives and chemicals which make the skin over-sensitised and can stress out our body. Some believe that conditions such as asthma and eczema could be aggravated by our bodies struggling to process a host of chemical additives and ‘toxins’. So, rather than slapping more chemicals onto your skin, preserve it by providing the essential ingredient of life – water. The skin is the largest organ in the body and it's much more than a source of beauty. It keeps us cool, moisturises our body and protects our other organs. Beautiful skin is a sign of wellbeing, health and vitality and strongly associated with youth. Luckily, it is possible to enjoy beautiful skin by following a few guidelines. Firstly, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Go to the water coolers at the gym, drink a glass when you get home, and top up a bottle from the mains-fed water cooler at work. Avoid sugary concoctions which increase inflammation in the skin. Sugar causes skin to age prematurely, breaking down the collagen structures that keep skin supple. Drinking plenty of water will also allow the skin to cleanse and soften itself naturally, so you may find you no longer need moisturiser as you begin to drink more. Aim for around 1.5 litres a day and remember that fruit and vegetables are also incredibly high in water content. Incorporate plenty into your diet for beneficial minerals, vitamins and fibre and eat plenty of high-quality protein to repair your body and keep it strong. Avoid sugary or processed carbohydrates and eat good amounts of healthy unsaturated fats to keep your skin soft and supple.
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