Just Add Water

I got retinol in my eye, and now it won’t stop watering. My vain attempts to stave off the signs of aging will probably just end up causing me to go blind. But hey, if I can’t see the wrinkles, I can pretend they aren’t there. There’s always a silver lining.

I have recently become quite enamored with skincare products. I subscribe to Ipsy and Birchbox, so their cute little samples have reeled me in. I’m a sucker for fancy packaging. The boxes. The tubes. The jars. When I’m out shopping now, I find myself lingering on the beauty products aisles. Those little bottles of serums and potions call out to me with their siren songs. They promise miracles in bold letters on the front, while proclaiming results may vary in the fine print on the back. And while I have found a few things that I enjoy using, no matter what the package says, there is no such thing as a miracle in a jar. Time marches on. It’s keeping step with the crow’s feet.

What I have found that works best for me is water. I don’t mean splashing water on my face. I’m talking about water intake. All the problems I ever have seem to center around a lack of hydration. Adding a cream on the outside won’t make a bit of difference if I’m not hydrating the inside. The problem is, I hate to drink water. I hate those water bottles that everyone carries around to hot yoga and barre classes. I feel like an imposter since I don’t actually exercise in public. Not to mention, they aren’t exactly cheap. I have no interest in spending money on something I know won’t use. I’ve tried adding the flavoring drops, but I hate the idea of all those chemicals. And don’t even ask me to cut up a bunch of fruit as an enhancement. Too much work. I needed a better solution.

Then I noticed a girl I work with always has a glass of water at her desk. A glass. A fancy one. It occurred to me that water might taste better if I drank it from a fancy glass. It’s all about perception, after all. If the result was more water consumption, it didn’t really matter how I got there. I added “fancy glass” to my shopping list.

I found what I was looking for at TJ Maxx. The thing I love about that store is I can buy just one glass. I spent a whopping $2.49 on a fancy glass that I could take to work with me. It doesn’t sweat so I don’t have to worry about wet hands or a wet desk. It’s big enough to hold a reasonable amount of water, but not so big I feel like I’m drinking out of a trough. And the best thing of all is that it’s actually working. I’m getting my daily intake of water without complaint. My contacts aren’t drying out, my skin looks better, and I am sleeping through the night. None of these things were possible without water.

They say beauty is only skin deep. That may be true, but healthy skin comes from within. I have to trick myself to drink enough water. Some people carry around a gallon jug. Other people add fruit. Me? All I need is a fancy glass and I’m set. Want better skin? Just add water.


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