There are few things worse than stumbling over to the mirror in the morning, only to discover that yet another fine line has made its home on your face. Sure it’s barely visible, but it’s still there!
Before you reach for your pricey anti-wrinkle cream that the lady at the store told you Julia Roberts swears by, you might want to drink some water first – as that wrinkle could be the result of dehydrated skin and not ageing.
According to a recent article that appeared in Body and Soul Australia, if you’re in your early thirties or late twenties and are starting to see fine lines, there is a good chance that dehydration is to blame. If you’re wondering why this is happening despite staying away from the sun, smoking and excessive drinking, then it could be your lifestyle. So many of us spend hours in air-conditioned offices, drinking cup after cup of coffee and eating at our desks – all of which can dehydrate you without you knowing it.
Research shows that many Australians don’t drink enough water on a day to day basis. By the time you are thirsty; your body has already started to get dehydrated and has needed water for some time.
So how can you tell if you could do with more water? If you drink less than two litres a day, then you should start drinking more regularly, making sure you include herbal teas instead of coffees and other caffeinated beverages. If your skin feels dry and sallow and you have developed dark circles under your eyes, this could also be a sign.
Now before you start guzzling water and rushing off to the bathroom to see if your wrinkles have disappeared, it’s important to remember that you did not get dehydrated overnight and that your symptoms won’t disappear overnight. A month of staying hydrated should do the trick to get rid of those fine, almost invisible wrinkles. If you find you still have a few lines afterwards, then you can consider an anti-wrinkle treatment. By then, your skin will be perfectly hydrated, which will make it respond much better and faster.