The Benefits of Staying Hydrated for the Summer Months
Who doesn’t love summer? Long romantic walks on the beach. Barbecues. Swimming and surfing. Outdoor activities and warm nights with friends and family. But the intense rays of the sun during the summer months can also bring perspiration, additional showering, and greater physical exertion due to all the activities—all of which can lead to dehydration.
Proper hydration is essential to our health. How essential? Here’s a startling fact: Losing just two percent of our normal, properly hydrated body weight can have severe consequences, such as headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and even impaired judgment. Severe hydration, of course, can be outright deadly, resulting in stroke or organ failure.
Let’s take a look a few of the benefits of properly hydrated skin, and how to keep your skin hydrated this summer.
Proper Hydration Promotes Muscle Efficiency
Proper fluids intake not only lubricates our joints, it aids the transport of oxygen to the working muscles. Water helps remove the metabolic waste and regulates body temperature. All this is especially important when we are exerting ourselves in high temperatures.
If you hit the gym especially hard in the summer months, go all out playing volleyball on the beach or love that afternoon hike during sweltering temperatures – you and your body will need a lot more fluids than you may realize. Remember: the warmer the temperatures and the greater the physical exercise means you should looks for ways to keep your skin hydrated.
Good Hydration Is Essential for Cardiovascular Health
Dehydration forces the heart to work harder to circulate blood and oxygen throughout the body. This can make even simple tasks, like walking, especially difficult. And it’s why heat can make us feel tired, even when we aren’t being very active. So remember: Staying hydrated contributes to good cardiovascular health.
Good Hydration Improves Both Digestion and Mental Clarity, Too
Fluid is essential for nutrients to properly make their way through our intestinal tract. Water flushes out unwanted bacteria from our bladder and kidneys. Proper hydration reduces the incidences of ulcers, bloating and gas. For healthy digestion, drink water 30 minutes before and after eating.
Did you know that hydration is good for your mind, too? Even a slight drop in bodily fluids decreases our concentration and impairs judgment. Proper hydration improves blood and oxygen flow to our brain.
Good Hydration Is Great for Our Skin
Hot temperatures and the sun’s rays cause dry skin, sunburn and even permanent skin damage. Proper hydration helps our skin’s elasticity and promotes collagen formation. Want to know how to keep your skin hydrated and radiant-looking this summer? Drink lots of fluids.
If you’re staying properly hydrated, but looking for another way to improve the glow of your skin, consider using our high quality microdermabrasion products at home to exfoliate your skin and allow the cells to absorb even more moisture.
How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Moisturizing is essential for keeping our skin hydrated, supple, and youthful-looking. Choose a moisturizer that contains SPF, with a minimum of 15. Sun protection not only keeps our skin hydrated, it filters out dangerous UVA and UVB rays.
Remember: summer means outdoor activities, greater heat and greater perspiration. This leads us to shower more than we do during colder months. Showering, of course, can dry out our skin and lead to irritation and even premature aging. So if you shower more during the summer, don’t stint on the face and body moisturizer.
- Eat Well
Whether it’s swimming, surfing or hiking, summer brings a plethora of fun outdoor activities. Heat, however, can often sap our appetite. Hydration is not only about drinking plenty of fluids—it’s also about eating. Did you know that about 20% of our daily water intake comes from fruits, vegetables and meats? So don’t forget to eat!
- Drink Plenty of Fluids
This one seems axiomatic, doesn’t it? It’s summer, it’s hot – so we all know to drink more fluids, right? Actually, we don’t. There’s a reason that summer is also filled with stories of sunstroke: too often while having fun outdoors, people forget to hydrate. And as mentioned above, we need extra hydration in higher temperatures.
Be sure to watch your fluid intake during the summer. Drink plenty of water and sports drinks. Eat properly. And remember: we need to replenish what we sweat out. More sweating means more fluids. There. Now we’ve reminded you.
- Try Microdermabrasion
Summer brings increased perspiration, and for some us, that can trigger acne breakouts. Try our exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid, which can reduce acne breakouts and help you regain a bright and youthful skin complexion so you can look your best at the beach.As discussed above, summer and the sun’s ray’s can age our skin if we’re not careful. So consider an age-fighting vitamin C facial scrub. Containing powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental damage, it sloughs away dead skin cells that cause uneven and rough skin texture.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these tips! Now go enjoy the great summer weather!