Skin Care Article: Make a splash this summer – and look and feel sexy

Make a Splash this Summer!

To maintain that vibrant, sexy look throughout the hot, steamy months of summer, you need to be sure you’re hydrating your body sufficiently. If not, you’re apt to look more like a wilted rose than a sexy siren.

Water, Water Everywhere

Water is essential for life. Its magical powers help every part of the human body. In fact, two-thirds of your body is water – even your brain. If you become dehydrated, you will feel dizzy and maybe have a headache. That’s your brain signaling that you need more water.

Blood itself is mostly water (92 percent). It transports nutrients and oxygen to all cells in your body to sustain life. That’s why drinking plenty of water replenishes life-giving power to every cell.

Especially during the hot, steamy summer months, you need more water because you are losing so much by evaporation from your skin. A soak in a swimming pool feels refreshing, but the essential replenishment comes from the inside out. When you drink appropriate amounts of water, you are nourishing yourself everywhere. Your face, in particular, can use the hydration from the inside out.

Water also regulates body temperature. So when you’re feeling too hot, spritzing a little water on your face might feel soothing immediately, but for longer term cooling down, simply drink water. Your body puts the water to work immediately.

When’s the best time to drink water? According to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), make it a habit to drink before you’re thirsty. Sip on water before breakfast, mid-morning, before lunch, mid-afternoon, before dinner and mid-evening.

How much water? IBWA estimates that a 150-pound woman who gets about 30 minutes of moderate activity daily (that’s walking briskly) requires 84 ounces of water each day. Now, 20 percent of that water requirement comes from food. Food contains water (and it’s not so obvious either but fruits and vegetables are loaded with water).

Therefore, 8 to 10 glasses of water or water-containing beverages a day, especially in summer, makes sense for most women. Men might try for 10 to 12 glasses a day, according to researchers in integrative medicine at the University of Michigan, who promote the healing power of water itself.

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