Summer is officially here which means it’s time to track down those extra water bottles you may have left behind at a yoga studio, forgotten about in a messy kitchen cabinet or have hiding in the bottom of your gym bag. I tend to start my mornings with a smoothie and a cold brew but am realizing more and more how dehydration gets the best of me by mid-afternoon. Caffeine is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and something I can’t seem to give up even in the warmer summer months, so I wanted to share some practices I’ve adopted to combat my less than perfect hydration habits.
HYDRATE YOUR SKIN
One of the first places I notice dehydration wreaking havoc is my skin. Especially since I’ve moved to the west coast I can feel how the lack of humidity and overall higher temperatures affect how moisturized my face is. Everyone loves a good self-care facial but booking one for the onset of summer is a great way to jumpstart a more hydrating skincare routine.
Can’t budget for a facial just yet? I love adding a hydrating serum into my regime and a weekly hydrating mask in addition to a normal moisturizer. Facial oils like rosehip are also super hydrating, if your skin reacts well to them. Think of all of these options as a thirst quenching extra dose of H20 for your face. And please, remember that sunscreen!
If you’re like me and find yourself grabbing a cup of coffee before a glass of water in the mornings try to remember the facts. I normally start to feel thirsty after an afternoon workout or a good yoga-sweat, but the reality is that by the time we “feel thirsty” our bodies are already dehydrated. It’s all about trying to stay on top of your fluid intake BEFORE you notice that “meh” feeling that seems to go hand in hand with not having had enough water. Staying properly hydrated helps your heart pump blood through your blood vessels and to your muscles more easily and keeps us performing better throughout the day. I’ve been on a cardio kick, opting for more sweaty high intensity workouts which means in addition to water I also need electrolytes. I’ve been keeping a stash of Cure Hydration packs on hand and in my bag at all times. I sip them post workout, and LOVE the berry flavor best.
It’s easy to forget that even sitting at my laptop for a hours a day is dehydrating, it’s not just about being mindful after a workout. Sometimes our bodies need an extra boost that just water can’t provide. Our cells need more electrolytes and fluids than good old H20 can supply, especially in the face of dehydration.
That’s why I’ve loved incorporating Cure Hydration packs into my routine. They’re vegan and gluten free but my favorite thing about them is the ingredient list. No fancy chemicals I can’t pronounce, they’re non-GMO and downright delicious. Cure is made with organic coconut water and pink Himalayan salt for natural electrolytes. I’ve been keeping a few of the berry flavored packets in my bag when I’m on the run and find myself reaching for one anytime I have a glass of water within reach.