During the warm, spring days (and especially during the hot days of summer), less is the trend. Less makeup, fewer cares, shorter hemlines and, after some hard work in the gym, a smaller number on the scale all leave room for more smiles and sunshine. One thing that is often neglected is hydration. You can cut carbs and worries all you like, just don’t cut your water intake. No matter what time of year it is, hydration is extremely important for both health and beauty.
Sticking with our theme of less, why not quench your thirst with a delicious beverage that won’t cost you in calories, sodium or sugars? (If you use a home drinking water system, you can drink even less. Contaminants, that is!) A lot of people wrongly associate the term “water weight” with a bloated belly, when, in fact, staying properly hydrated promotes healthy digestion for less bloating. If you’re worried about water retention, make sure to stay active. This doesn’t mean running sprints on your lunch break. You can regulate overflow with short walks around the office, rotating wrists and ankles and even stretching. (Basically, whatever you would do on a long flight.)
Ready to ditch your makeup in favor of sun-kissed skin? You’re going to have a hard time opting for summer’s natural look when you’re dehydrated. Lotion simply isn’t enough for that sought-after healthy, dewy glow. You’re going to have drink water to combat dull, dry and wrinkled skin. The recommended intake, as always, is a minimum of eight cups a day. How easy is that? Most adults are awake an average of 16 hours a day. Drinking a glass of water every two hours doesn’t sound hard, does it?
Let’s not forget about sun safety. In addition to SPF, water is necessary for a long day in the sun. Dehydration can quickly escalate to heat exhaustion and, without water and shade to cool your body down, a possibly fatal heat stroke. So make it really easy on yourself and invest in one of these awesome reusable Camelbak water bottles from water.org. Every bottle purchase donates $10 toward bringing safe drinking water to people in developing countries. You can keep it with you all day, refill it and stay healthily hydrated.