During the summer months it’s easy for skin to become dehydrated. Constant sun exposure and hotter temperatures are no bueno for the delicate organ. But, lotions and creams aren’t enough to keep your skin hydrated and happy, because to hydrate your skin you also need to hydrate your body.
The number one way to hydrate skin is by drinking water. There’s no substitute for water. On top of drinking water eating water rich foods is extra hydration for your body and your skin. Lastly, apply body lotions, butters, creams that only contain hydrating ingredients such as shea butter, aloe vera, or natural oils. The majority of body products found at retail stores contain alcohol to help the scent last longer, however even just trace amount of alcohol can cause your skin to dry out.
1. Drink Water
The best way to hydrate your skin is from the inside out. Not only will your skin be less dry, but pores will minimize, sunburns heal faster, and muscle cramping us dramatically lessened. One of the top recommendations to minimize pores and get rid of blackheads is to drink the recommended amount of water a day, 9 cups or 2.2 liters. College and professional athletes drink at least a gallon of water a day to limit muscle cramping and prevent heat stroke during the hotter months.
2. Eat Water
Eating water rich foods will help your skin stay hydrated and healthy this summer. Each of the items listed as has at least 90% water content.
Stay hydrated by mixing in water rich foods with your normal diet. Here are some ideas on adding water rich foods to meals:
- Create a salad with any combination of items on the list (maybe a spinach salad with watermelon, cucumber, strawberries, and tomatoes–yum!)
- Enjoy a side of carrots, broccoli, or cauliflower with any meal
- Snack on green peppers or celery during breaks
Keep your skin looking healthy and happy by eating water rich foods as well as drinking plenty of water!
3. Use Hydrating Lotions
Helping your body hydrate from the outside is also important. But be careful when buying lotions and body butters. Many companies add alcohol to their products to help the scent last longer, however, the alcohol will also cause your skin to dry out quicker. Products made only with hydrating ingredients like shea butter, cocoa butter, natural oils, or aloe vera will hydrate your skin and help it stay healthy longer. We recommend using a body creme daily and applying sugar scrub 3 times a week for maximum hydration.
Hydrate your skin by using these tip daily and your skin will be healthy and happy!