Lady Smarts This 'Beauty Water' recipe totally changed my skin

Here's how to make it yourself.

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I've always been told I have good skin. "Good genes!" I tell those people who comment on my complexion. And it's true, my mom (age 60) and grandma (age 92) still have incredible skin. Granted, no one's perfect.

My major issue has always been dryness. (Because really, is there anything as annoying as peeling, parched skin?)

I've tried lots of different skin-care routines, moisturizers, you name it, with only some improvement in my skin's habitual dryness. But I've never experienced such a clear change as I did when I started drinking Dr Smood's Beauty Water.

Dr Smood is a company with the tagline "Smart food for a good mood," and the water—which is simply water infused with orange, thyme, rosemary, and rose petal—proved that theory for me. Because who's not in a good mood when their skin looks incredible?

Etti Ben-Zion, who has a Ph.D. in holistic nutrition, is the mastermind behind Dr Smood's healthy products. "Our body is made mostly of water and our organs must have an adequate supply of water to function properly," she tells WomensHealthMag.com. "Unfortunately, many of us are constantly dehydrated which results in symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, joint stiffness, headaches, poor skin elasticity and wrinkles, to name a few."

But sometimes just plain old water can be super boring, and I personally need some flavor to jazz it up. Clearly, Ben-Zion understands, too, saying: "That is one of the reasons I created our Beauty Water—it’s tasty and nourishing and you are never bored." Ben-Zion says that there are also benefits to the herbs in the water (orange and rose water have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties while rosemary and thyme support the nervous system). But for me, it's simply about getting in more hydration to make my skin and my body feel and look better.

I noticed myself wanting to drink more and more water, and with one bottle of Beauty Water a day, I saw my skin start to shine in the right way, even over summer, which it's never done before. Instead of an oily sheen coating my t-zone, and patches of dryness elsewhere on my face, I had a glow, which looked like just the right amount of hydration. A huge bonus? It's not loaded with sugar or bubbles like other popular flavored waters, which can make me bloat and feel uncomfortable.

This beauty water isn't widely available (and at $3.50 a bottle, it's a little pricey), which is why Ben-Zion shared her recipe with me. Simply take the herbs—the peel of an orange, a sprig or two of rosemary and thyme, and rose water or rose petals—and steep them in a pot of hot water.

Leave it steeping overnight in the refrigerator and strain in the morning, adding ice if you wish. You can play with the proportion of ingredients to find the right balance of flavors for your taste buds.

As for me, my skin has never looked better—so I'm going to keep sipping.

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