I’m halfway through the 30 day water challenge now, so here’s my first skin update.
Today is the 15th day that I’ve drank at least 3L of water a day. Below is a photo I took today compared to a photo from day 1.
I tried to take the photos from a similar angle and lighting to minimize external changes between the two. My makeup and skincare regime has not changed within this time. In both pictures I am wearing some light concealer around my T-zone, and bb cream over the whole face. I’m also wearing a highlighting blush on my cheeks.
As you can see from the pictures, day 1 was slightly sunnier than today, but everything else is similar.
To be honest, I didn’t think there would be much change in just two weeks. However, looking at these two photos side by side, I can definitely see some positive changes to my skin.
- My skin looks plumper today than two weeks ago. It looks like it’s bouncy and taut whereas two weeks ago it looked duller and flatter.
- It looks like there is a natural highlight across my forehead and down my nose now. (No makeup highlight was applied there.)
- Comparing these two photos, you could say my skin looks ‘dehydrated’ in Day 1. However keep in mind Day 1 was a normal skin day for me.
- The fine lines on my forehead are much less visible now.
- I haven’t noticed a change in break-outs or redness in the two weeks. I also haven’t noticed my pores changing in size.
- I don’t usually have dark circles underneath my eyes, however it seems like they’re less visible on Day 15.
In general, I would say that my overall skin appearance looks more healthy and radiant. At first I was disappointed because I had the expectation that drinking so much water would clear away my break-outs. Now after seeing the improvement in just 2 weeks. I’m pleased with the texture and appearance of my skin even with no improvement in break-outs.
Some observations that you can’t see in the photos are:
- I had extremely dry cuticles on my hands and I would always pick at them absentmindedly, making them worse. Now I don’t have that problem and I have hardly picked at them at all.
- I was prone to getting very oily in my T-zone mid-day before, having to blot with powder often. Now my skin is more balanced and less excessively oily while looking more hydrated overall.
- I haven’t noticed any change in my hair.
- I have neither gained nor lost any weight.
- On day 1 I was actually just coming off of the Wild Rose Detox where I ate exceptionally clean for the preceding 2 weeks – avoiding all gluten, processed food, red meat, alcohol, added sugar and sodium, and dairy. Now 2 weeks later I’m back on pretty much all of those things except for dairy. So one reason why I may not be seeing a reduction in breakouts is because I’m going from a super clean diet to a normal one.
One last note before I end this update: it’s as if my body has adapted to drinking so much water. Before I had trouble finishing all the water let alone any other liquid in a day, yesterday I was able to drink all my water, plus 2 cups of tea and a cup of coffee. Today I finished my first liter two hours ahead of time and sipped on two cups of tea. I still feel thirsty.
At the end of the 30 days I’ll take another update photo to see if there are any other improvements in my skin.