Top Tips for Healthy and Hydrated
During Summer we get to endure longer sunshine hours, excessive heat, humidity, and even worse, pollution! These can all affect our skin badly, so taking special care of our bodies during the heat is crucial. You may not realize that the heat and warmth of the sun actually make our skin susceptible to blackheads and clogged pores. Excessive sweating, grime, and dust can make skin lifeless, dull and will eventually lead to skin problems such as heat rash, dry skin, wrinkles, dark spots and even the risk of sun cancer. Here are some easy ways to rehydrate dehydrated summertime skin.
Drink Plenty of Water
Obviously, this is no secret, but so many of us do not drink enough water. Not only will it quench your thirst in this heat, it will moisturize your skin, keeping it soft and supple. We need water to flush out toxins and waste from our bodies. Green tea is another great drink to grab; it has anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties to help your body fight against free radical damage and will detoxify your skin.
Eat Water-Rich Foods
Enriching your diet with foods that contain water will provide your body with a little extra hydration too, especially if you're finding it hard to drink your recommended daily intake of 64oz. Cucumber, lettuce, watermelon, berries, apples, oranges, and broccoli are loaded with antioxidants, nutrients, and water-rich. We also suggest staying away from eating salty snacks and foods which can aid in dehydration.
Cleansing Your Skin
Now that we've gone over some ways to hydrate internally, let's talk about external care. Keeping your skin clean can be key. It is very important to use a gentle cleanser containing mild AH and BH acids. Also, look for aloe vera, papaya or cucumber based products. Daily exfoliation is also recommended to help remove dead skin cells as well as extra debris and buildup caused by excessive sweat and pollution. Toners should be your new best friend, especially during the summer months. Toners are going to refresh, cleanse and help to even out your complexion. Pro tip: Store your toner in the refrigerator when it's hot outside or if you're experiencing hot flashes for an extra cool pick-me-up!
Use Moisturizing Lotions
It really doesn't matter what season it is, making sure to use a moisturizer is essential. More importantly, making sure you're using it correctly is so important. If the weather is hot and humid, choose a water-based moisturizer rather than one that is oil-based. For maximum absorption, you should always apply your moisturizer right after your shower or bath while your body is still damp and your pores are open. This helps to lock-in the water molecules and keep your skin soft and supple. Dermatologists recommend using moisturizers with at least SPF 30 to protect and prevent your skin from dehydration and damage.