Years ago, a dear friend of mine, an actor, revealed his formula for hydration. Working long hours, under bright stage lights, he learned early in his career to hydrate – drink lots and lots of water. It’s a ritual all of us, regardless of our profession, should do.
Our body is comprised two-thirds of water. But we lose water daily through breath, perspiration and elimination. With it, we also lose essential salts and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium. Unlike a plant or flower, the skin does not immediately ‘perk up’ upon receiving water. Rather, the process of hydration must be ongoing and consistent. A good rule of thumb is to drink water often and throughout the day. Bring a reusable bottle with you everywhere – to work, school – drinking half your body weight (in ounces) per day. Opt always for pure spring or filtered water.
Along with drinking water, other aids to hydration include:
Eating Hydrating Foods: a number of water-rich foods beautifully hydrate the skin. Among them: Cucumbers and avocados, a great source of Vitamins C and E; fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies and rainbow trout) high in omega-3 fats; yellow and orange vegetables, containing carotene and vitamins A and C; water-dense fruits (cantaloupe, mango, oranges, grapefruit, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon and pineapple) also high in Vitamin A and C; nuts and seeds; spinach and dark-leafy greens, packed with iron and omegas; and olive oil, chock-full of Vitamin E.
Hydrating With IV Therapy: One trend to watch in modern hydration and nourishment are spa-like IV therapy centers like The Hydration Room in Orange County, California, founded by Drs. Bales and Florie. Recognizing that patients in Southern California are in a “state of chronic dehydration,” the physicians made it their mission to have patients experience a true balanced state of hydration through IV therapy. And show their patients how to properly and effectively integrate an oral hydration regimen into their daily life. Guests use the facility to access IVs that address the onset of a cold or flu, intense fitness or athletic performance, migraines, malabsorption diseases, cancer or chronic immune related diseases. Staying adequately hydrated is the key to health. Centers like this are becoming more common in major US urban cities.
Starting Your Day Differently: swap out your morning latte for green tea, high in antioxidants to help keep skin hydrated. The polyphenol and catechin levels of green tea prevent oxidative stress, and have been associated with an increased metabolism and more efficient fat burning, which can potentially lead to weight loss.
Dehumidifying at Night: run a humidifier to moisturize the air in your bedroom.
Moisturizing Topically: skin is the largest organ in the body and due to its porous nature effectively absorbs water. Applying water-rich gels and lotions is an essential supplement to drinking water. One of my personal favorites is our Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Algae Gel Masque, formulated with helichrysum, algae extracts, rich in Vitamins A and E and minerals to nourish the skin. I use it during the warmer months once a week when I’ve spent time outdoors or when I need a moisture boost.
Because staying hydrated is a life-long (and year-round) practice for good health.