Keeping your skin hydrated is one of the most important ways of maintaining younger-looking skin and making that fabulous tan last longer. When talking about skin hydration most people probably think of lotion. Yes, a good lotion is important, but keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out is the best place to start.
Hydration has multiple benefits from overall health and well-being to giving your skin a youthful glow. The general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you would need to drink 60 ounces of water per day. Again, that is a general rule of thumb, if you work outside or a runner, cyclist, etc. then you will want to drink more than that. Many people have a hard time drinking that much water per day. They have good intentions, but can’t seem to get it done.
Tips for helping you reach your daily water intake goal:
- Buy a cup that makes you happy. This may sound silly, but it really does help. Buy a cup that represents your favorite sports team or a pretty cup that represents your personality. This is YOUR water cup and try really hard not to drink anything but water out of it. It is like a little mind game you are playing with yourself.
- Next, you will want to experiment with different water concoctions.
- One of my favorites is fresh mint leaves and lemon. In addition to improving skin quality, lemon water has multiple benefits like helping with weight loss, aids in digestion, helps prevent kidney stones and a great source of vitamin C. You can throw anything else in there you want depending on what is in season. If I have fresh blueberries or strawberries in the fridge, I will toss those in as well.
Fruits and vegetables have multiple benefits, such as:
Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit) are considered to be anti-oxidants with high vitamin C content.
Strawberries are another vitamin C-rich fruit. They are also rich in ellagic acid, which helps to protect the skin against UV damage.
Cucumbers are also vitamin C-rich and an anti-oxidant. They are considered to be hydrating, thus, giving you soft, supple skin.
Mint is rich in anti-oxidants. Mint is great for healing inflammation and keeping acne at bay. Plus, it just tastes great on a hot, summer day.
Here is a favorite recipe to get you started. Either you can make a large pitcher to keep in the fridge or you can make it as you go. I like to make it as I go. If you choose to make it as you go, do your prep work, so everything is cut up and you won’t have any excuses if you happen to be running late one day.
Cucumber, Lemon and Mint Detox Water
12 cups water
1 cucumber, sliced
2-3 lemons, quartered
10-12 mint leaves
Just toss them in the pitcher and you are finished.
After just drinking your daily required intake for a week or two you will begin to notice great changes in your overall well-being and skin. For more information, be sure to stop by and see us in person at Tan Unique in Fort Smith!