No one likes feeling dry and dehydrated, plus we all know hydration is the key to a young, soft, and glowing appearance. How do you stay hydrated in the summer sun though? It’s a season full of warm days, lots of sun, and lounging in outdoor bliss, but it’s important not to forget to keep quenching your thirst for your body’s sake, inside and out. By eating, drinking, and applying the right things, you can keep your skin glowing, hydrated, and beautiful all summer long.
The answer is simple; the best way to stay hydrated is good old-fashioned water! The old rule of eight glasses a day still stands, but you’ll want to indulge in extra water if you’re working out vigorously or consuming a lot of dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. Need extra inspiration to get the water you need? Toss some fruit in your glass for a little flavor, lemons are the old stand by, but limes, cucumbers, or berries are yummy as well. You can always buy a cute reusable, eco-friendly water bottle for yourself too!
The foods you eat also count towards helping you stay hydrated. Consuming foods that are rich in anti-oxidants and water help keep your skin glowing and healthy. Most fruits and veggies are good for you, but these choices pack an extra punch: pomegranates, blueberries, goji berries, tomatoes, beans, nuts, and green leafy vegetables. Diet plays a role in strengthening your skin’s ability to maintain moisture, so make sure the foods you’re eating are rich in essential fatty acids, like those found in walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, and olive oil. They all play a role in helping skin cells stay hydrated.
For skin, contrary to popular belief, water doesn’t immediately affect it. Real Simple Magazine explains:
“Our skin doesn’t perk up when we consume water,” says Katie Rodan, a dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay area and a coauthor of Write Your Skin a Prescription for Change. In fact, when you ingest it, “water doesn’t go straight to the skin,” she says. “It goes through the intestines, gets absorbed into your bloodstream, and is filtered by kidneys. Then it hydrates cells.” When it comes to moisturizing skin, drinking water falls short.”
So what does work? When it comes to beauty, the secret is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Your skin needs hydration through creams and moisturizers in the summer as well as the winter. “Keep skin hydrated with a sheer moisturizer that has light reflecting properties. This is the secret to keeping your skin moist and glow-y on its own,” says Harper’s Bazaar. The other skin helper? Protecting it from the elements: low humidity, harsh wind, dry heat, high altitude, sun, even long baths, can strip the skin of natural oils. That’s why using sunscreen is so important. Too much sun can damage your skin causing you to look dried out and have fine lines as well as cause cancer, so slather on sunscreen and wear a pretty sun hat if you’ll be outside for a while. Make it a ritual to apply moisturizer and sunscreen every day!
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