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Feed Your Face: Yummy Drinks for Plumper Skin

By Dr Jessica Wu

I travel by airplane once or twice a month, and all the flying can really dehydrate my skin, so I've been making an effort to drink more water. However, as I've written before, I don't like the taste of water (or lack thereof).In fact, my staff used to call me the desert rat because I could go all day without a sip. This year I made a resolution to up my water intake, and so far I think I'm doing a pretty good job (and my skin looks better). If you fly frequently, live in a dry climate, or just want plumper skin, remember to stay hydrated. Here are some of my tricks for making water more tasty:

  • Add fruit. Thinly slice some oranges and/or cucumber into a pitcher of water so you'll always have a tasty cold drink at the ready. If you don't have a fridge at work, or you're always on the go, put half a lemon or orange in a Ziploc bag and squeeze a few drops of fresh juice into your water bottle now and then.
  • Have a "cocktail." Sweet, candy-colored cocktails go down easily, but alcohol can further dehydrate you. When I'm out with friends, I try to have just one real cocktail -- then I switch to cranberry juice and club soda. I love the bubbles, and it's more fun to drink than plain water. (It's also a great option if you're the night's designated driver.)
  • Make tea. Many teas contain caffeine, which is a diuretic, meaning it flushes water from your body. While this can be helpful when you're bloated, too much caffeine can be dehydrating, making your cheeks look drawn and your wrinkles more prominent. Instead, drink caffeine-free or herbal teas, such as chamomile and mint (my favorite).

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