We know, we know.. you’ve heard the “Stay hydrated!” speech many times already. But it’s important you guys. So important that we wanted to make sure we remind you and equip you with products, tips and services that can set you up for success. As we move into the heat of summer, pour yourself a glass of cold water and read up on our quick hydration refresher.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
Your skin is actually the largest organ in your body, and it’s comprised mostly of water. All major functions of your body require water and so, when you are taking in adequate amounts of water, overall function is more likely to be optimal. But that’s not everything. Drinking water actually benefits you on the outside, too. Properly hydrated skin is visibly more plump, radiant, and healthy. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provides an ample foundation for aesthetics. So all the things you do each day to look and feel beautiful can be boosted if you simply sip a few extra glasses a day.
WHERE TO BEGIN
Make water your goto drink. Start your day with it, whether pure or in the form of an herbal tea. Drink a full glass before every meal to encourage healthy digestion. Take a glass before bed to support detoxification and purification as your body rests. Carry a water bottle and infuse with citrus and herbs to add bright flavors to your day. It’s the most easy way to immediately encourage a more healthy lifestyle and jumpstart a fresh hydration routine.
TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Add more water to your diet through food. Cucumbers, Watermelon, Strawberries and Lettuce all have the highest water content of foods and can deliver intense hydration in just one meal. Simply swapping high-sodium foods for these foods will dramatically increase your overall hydration and bring a noticeable difference to your skin.
Now that you are the queen of hydration self-care, it’s time to address your hair and skin from the outside. You can do all the tips and tricks any magazine or beauty blog could offer, but if you don’t have a solid hydration habit first, it means very little. Every service you receive and product you apply is boosted and better when your system is hydrated first!
Whether you are lounging in the sun, or jumping in a chlorinated pool or the salty ocean, you are putting your hair through some things. Here are a few ways you can replenish moisture and get your locks back in shape.
Usually what we think of first, but not all conditioners are created equal. Look for products with high concentrations of planlkmm’lt botanicals and as few stabilizers and preservatives as possible. We absolutely love Treat.Me by Kevin Murphy. Dubbed “The facial for your hair”, this line of moisture and repair treatments is unique in that it is customizable and applied full strength, making it more effective than most products you’ll find on other salon shelves.
- Consider switching to a moisturizing shampoo for summer
- Avoid hot styling whenever possible
- Boost with heat protection serums when you want to heat style
- Try making your own moisture spritz using water, aloe vera and avocado oil. YUM.
Since we are all using our SPF everyday (hint hint) we are discussing skin treatments solely for hydration right now. Just like our hair takes on all the elements of our environment, our skin is soaking it up, too. Big time. Here are a few ways you can reclaim your own baby soft status.
A highly-pressurized stream of oxygen infused with vitamins and botanicals deposits all that is stripped of the skin resulting in a more supple texture and healthy appearance. Because of their ability to deliver intense rejuvenation, these treatments are popular before big events, so plan one this month as the sun is really starting to shine and give your skin the reset it deserves.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Simply removing the dead skin cells and allowing new layers to be revealed will not only brighten your skin but will also better receive all the benefits of the moisture treatments you receive. Take the time to buff especially after swimming in chlorinated pools, the ocean, or lakes with heavy boat activity.
- Lotion up everyday. Seriously.
- Take a milk and oatmeal bath
- Use salt and sugar scrubs made with honey for intense hydration
- Take a sun-break.. wear cute linen pants or a cute cover up and let your skin rest from the rays