Besides consuming it, did you know that Korean women use carbonated water as a facial beauty treatment? Yep. What they do is fill a bowl or sink with seltzer water then dunk their face in it. You're probably wondering, why would someone do that? Well, because the little bubbles allegedly deliver oxygen directly to the skin. Some say this technique also tighten skin, deep clean pores and remove dead skin cells leaving you looking fresh. Some have even dabbed a cotton pad with tonic water and applied it to the face like a toner.
Since carbonated water has a low pH, some like to use it on their hair. Carbonated water is said to mildly clarify and can make a great "after swim" rinse to help eliminate chlorine from the hair. Seltzer water rinsing is also said to help curb humidity induced frizz. I definitely want to experiment with a soda water rinse. I'm thinking of purchasing an at home Soda Machine so I can have all the carbonated water I desire.
If for nothing else, if you simply replace your sodas with flavored (unsweetened) tonic water, you'll at least experience the body benefits. By the way, drinking several cups a day of seltzer water does count towards your overall water intake. Plus you avoid the negative consequences of drinking soda like enamel erosion and bone loss. Drinking carbonated water is just as healthy as flat water except that it's a bit fancier. And you certainly deserve to drink fancy water.