Breathing in the warm summer air and taking a dip into the water is an instant serotonin boost many of us are after. However, there is something to say about that uncomfortable feeling of being dehydrated. The goal is to drink more water, rock healthy dewy skin, and keep it that way. It seems that many of us aren’t so lucky to have all of these needs catered to us, and it’s time to put in a little work to keep you rocking that summer glow year-round while staying hydrated. So how do we get there? Aside from drinking water, here are a few ways to stay hydrated during these warm summer months to keep your skin, hair and overall well being quenched and glowing.
Back to the Basics: Drink Water!
First thing’s first, water! It is an obvious addition to your daily routine but there are some fun ways to dress it up to keep you continuously hydrated. An aesthetic water bottle that you actually want to have as an accessory is a must. We recommend a reusable water bottle to keep the environment in mind while doing so. Pseudo Labs has a glass water bottle that is the perfect addition to your summer beach attire and easy to bring on the go to the office. Many plastics, and some metal, vessels contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began warning about in 2010 due to its correlation with cancer. Glass is the safest water bottle type because it’s chemical-free, made from natural materials, and dishwasher safe. Not to mention, the perfect aesthetic!
Bored with water?
Try infusing it with your favorite fruit, citrus, or herbs. Chop up some cucumber, mint, and squeezed lemon into your ice water and it adds the perfect flavor without sugary additives. When in need of a snack, watermelon and cucumbers are great ways to hydrate your body through the foods you eat. Smoothies are a great breakfast or midday pick-me-up as well. It is an easy way to incorporate hydrating fruits. Add some coconut water and you’re on the track to hydration!
Have you taken your supplements?
Supplements are a great option if you need to get a daily dose of vitamins and minerals, but it is important to contact your doctor prior to incorporating them into your routine. Magnesium, found in many leafy greens, is full of electrolytes that are needed for efficient hydration. Omega-3 fats are great for keeping your skin hydrated, promoting soft and preventing premature skin aging.
Let’s talk skincare
There are a few things you can do topically to promote hydrated skin in addition to the incredible things we have already gone over. Have you heard of hyaluronic acid? This stuff is a hydration secret that can be in the form of a serum, supplement, cream, or even injections. Hyaluronic acid has been proven to increase moisture and improve dry skin. Additionally, combating dryness doesn’t mean you need to slab on tons of moisturizer, but rather understand what and when to use it. Stick to a thin, lightweight moisturizer during the day and then a thick, hydrating moisturizer at night. This will help to keep your skin hydrated and protected during the day, but supple and rehydrating at night. Your skin will thank you!
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