Posts Tagged 'water'

Slather on the SPF

With the heat of summer finally hitting us this week, it is important that we keep a few things in mind to stay healthy and happy during this hot and humid season! I find that the two most important ways to keep yourself healthy in the summer are sunscreen and water.

Since your skin is your body’s first line of defense, it is essential to take great care of it. I know that summer tan would look great, believe me (I am about as pale as a ghost). But I have learned to embrace my paleness and I am so glad I learned my lesson about tanning. I may regret the few years I spent going to tanning beds and laying out in the sun, but that doesn’t mean I can’t take better care of my skin now. I know you’ve probably heard it over and over again, but make sure you are putting on sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY. I actually know someone who got sunburned through their long pants just a few days ago, so even if you think you’re covered, you may not be! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your skin. So put on that sunscreen and protective clothing.

One of my best tips is to use a daily facial and daily body moisturizer with SPF in it. This way you’re not adding yet another inconvenient step to your routine, you’re moisturizing and protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays at the same time. However, if you’re spending many long hours outdoors, you should be applying SPF multiple times throughout the day, especially if you are swimming, or working out and sweating a lot. But you should also apply a few times a day even if this isn’t the case. You can find more sunscreen tips here.

Keep your skin burn-free and tan-free now and your body will thank you later. And don’t forget to drink a lot of water this summer. Here are some great tips on how to make staying hydrated easy.

Alicia Diedrich

Hydration Station: tips on how to drink enough water

water-image1We hear it all the time. “Maybe you should be drinking more water.” “You should be drinking at least eight glasses of water everyday.” “Stay hydrated.” We are advised to make water a bigger part of our lives but how many of us are actually drinking enough water?

Water has unbelievable health benefits. Not only is it used for just about every internal bodily function in the human body, but it can also keep our skin clearer and our muscles stronger. So why is it so difficult to drink enough of this life-giving liquid?

I have had this problem in the past, too. I’ve tried it all – setting alarms  on my phone to remind me to drink more water, carrying around the biggest water bottle that I would possibly find, rewarding myself with a Reese’s every time I emptied a glass of water. None of those methods stuck. Trial and error, though, my friend. So here are a few hydration tricks that have worked for me.

First off, I bring my water bottle with me everywhere I go. Yes, it can be obnoxious at times to hold on to and can add some weight to my bag at times, but I have its physical presence constantly reminding me to take a sip of water here and there. The more I drink, too, the less weight I have to carry around.

Another thing that I have found makes me drink more water is having a water bottle with a straw in the cap. When I am sitting in front of my computer, typing away to you people, I can drink through my straw usually without even noticing. This has created an awesome habit of subconsciously drinking water and has also gotten rid of my bad boredom-eating habit!

Speaking of eating, you can also get more water by eating lots of fruits and veggies. Just like us humans, fruits and veggies are also mainly comprised of water. This means that a handful of grapes, a few stalks of celery and an apple could also help you stay hydrated.

Lastly, I sometimes get sick of water. In order to switch things up, I add some drops of Mio water flavor or Dasani drops. These tasty little drops work like food coloring – all it takes is one or two drops to completely change plain water into lemonade or fruit punch. These help me avoid sugar-packed sodas or juices.

Have more ideas on how to drink enough water everyday? Feel free to share by commenting on this post or hitting us up on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions!


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