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There are definitely some unexpected benefits that come with working from home:
You never have to queue for the coffee machine, you needn’t worry about coworkers using your mug or eating your food from the fridge (even when it’s clearly labelled!) and once you’re finished for the day, there is no public transport to contend with and your slippers are mere meters away.
However, one of the downsides I hadn’t anticipated was that I would drink less water than ever.
Without a water filter nearby, or the need to invent an excuse to get up and go for a bit of a walk-about, I stopped drinking as much.
There was no water jug in the middle of meetings anymore (difficult on Zoom!) and no colleagues to let me know they were popping to the kitchen and happy to bring me back a drink.
I didn’t think about it too much until I noticed my skin had become rather dull and lacklustre, and my complexion slightly blotchy.
Months of working inside, under central heating, with the extra stress around us, can do that to our skin, so I knew I wasn’t alone.
I asked friends for advice and all of them recommended expensive skincare or at-home facials, apart from one, who asked me if I was drinking enough water.
I set about finding a way to get my quota in - a normal water bottle didn’t work as I rarely got round to refilling it between meetings, and glasses of water didn’t work either as it was impossible to track how much I was really taking in.
With timestamped markings down the side, the bottle clearly sets out exactly how much water you should be drinking as the day goes.
Two litres sounds like a lot, bit when you see it broken down over the course of 14 hours, it doesn’t feel like much at all.
And so, I began filling it in the morning, and taking regular sips throughout the day.
The sense of achievement I enjoyed at the end of each day was enough to spur me to keep going, and after a few weeks I noticed that my skin had started to brighten.
My complexion was more even, my cheeks looked more plump and my eyes looked more sparkly.
To check that it really was the water that was responsible for the transformation, I stopped using lots of different skincare and simply washed my face with water twice and a day and used a light moisturiser.
My skin stayed just as bright.
While you may not have to up your water intake dramatically to see the benefits (The Eatwell Guide says we should drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day) I found that increasing my daily intake was a simple, yet very effective, change.
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What the reviews say:
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