Summers in Arizona are hot and dry, but that doesn’t mean your skin has to be. Dehydration can cause breakouts and dull skin. The good news is that there are plenty of DIY tricks and natural ingredients that you can use to help your skin stay healthy while enduring the Valley’s brutal heat. All valley residents are encouraged to make sure they are getting the proper hydration for beautiful skin all summer long.
Five Super-Hydrating Foods to Eat this Summer:
Feeling thirsty? Cucumbers have a 96 percent water content, and a study from the University of Aberdeen Medical School found that eating a cucumber can hydrate you twice as much as water (by volume). Cucumbers contain high amounts of antioxidants and help promote weight loss.
Aside from helping you load up on vitamin C, grapefruit also contain 91 percent water. Try adding a few slices of the fruit into your water for a refreshing flavor.
Looking for a new ingredient to add into your salad? Next time, try a radish! A radish contains 95 percent water and is also a good source of fiber and potassium.
Whether you like zucchini noodles, baked zucchini or zucchini in your salad, this veggie is the perfect snack for hydration because it’s 90 percent water. Zucchinis also help to improve digestion and maintains eye health.
Five Natural Ingredients for DIY Skin Hydration
- Raw Honey
Raw honey contains many skin-boosting acids. Benefits of putting raw honey on your skin can reduce breakouts. Raw honey also contains antiseptic qualities that encourage scar reduction, allergy prevention and helps to heal wounds.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help to clear skin problems caused by gut issues and fungus. The product helps to kill pathogens and contains beneficial vitamins such as potassium and magnesium, which help detoxify and balance bacteria in the gut.
Not only are avocados tasty, but they can soothe skin after a day in the sun. Avocado contains vitamins A, D and E which help to ease sunburnt skin and treat age spots.
- Aloe Vera
This plant is one of the best when it comes to treating sunburns, but it also contains ingredients that soften the skin without clogging pores. It’s also great to use after shaving, as it can hydrate the skin while healing razor burn.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can moisturize your skin and hair. It works to prevent premature aging through exfoliating the skin and acts as a barrier to harmful environmental pollutants. It also helps the skin stay soft and smooth by promoting collagen formation.
Written by: Judy Nicassio, Lead Nutritionist at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics
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