Wednesday, July 25, 2012

3 Tips to Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Summer

Don’t let the heat and elements keep your skin from glowing this summer. With temperatures hitting record highs, it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Not only is it important for your body, good hydration is also key to looking and feeling healthy and vibrant. Here are our top three tips to keep your skin hydrated and healthy:

3 Tips to Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Summer
3 Tips to Keep Your Skin Hydrated This Summer


1) 8 Glasses a Day....
We’ve all heard by now that everyone should drink 8 glasses of water a day. But is that enough? The 8 glasses a day rule is close to the Mayo Clinic’s recommended 2.2 liters (for women) but it still might not be enough depending on your activity level and environment. Depending on how much you sweat during exercise, and how long you are active, you could up your daily requirement by 1 glass for every 30 minutes of exercise. Environments with high humidity also increase the need for extra hydration as do elevations higher than 8,200 feet. We say better safe than sorry and encourage everyone to shoot for 10 glasses a day!

2) Diet Matters
It’s also important to eat foods with a high percentage of water, such as watermelon or tomatoes, in order to stay hydrated. According to the Mayo Clinic, watermelon and tomatoes are 90 percent or more water by weight. Both are also high in lycopene which protects cells against damage from free radicals. Foods rich in Omega 3s, such a salmon and walnuts, can also aid in keeping your skin hydrated. We think a summer salad with spinach, salmon, tomatoes and walnuts with a side of watermelon sounds pretty appetizing!

3) Be Gentle
Summer can expose us to several elements that can cause our skin to dry out. Air conditioning, chlorine, and frequent shaving are just a few of the things that can cause our skin to become dry and dehydrated. Revive your skin by patting your face dry after showering or swimming and apply a deep moisturizer such as our Conditioning Hydration Cream to relieve extremely dry or chapped skin.

With these tips we hope you can get outside and enjoy a hydrated and healthy end to summer!

Sources:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283/NSECTIONGROUP=2








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