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Health Benefits of H2O

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Water, H2O, dihydrogen monoxide, aqua…this clear, colorless, liquid goes by many names, and everyone needs it to survive. It’s composed of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms, arranged in a “V” shape, it’s polar, having a positively charged end and a negatively charged end, and this quality has earned it the title of “Universal Solvent,” because—unlike most liquids—it will dissolve almost anything. It is, in fact, the single most versatile solvent known to science, and without it, all life as we understand it would not be able to exist.

But did you know that increasing your water intake through various means can actually have a host of health benefits you might not have thought of? Let’s explore.

Water Can Help You Achieve And/Or Maintain a Healthy Weight
Water is not a magical weight loss/maintenance serum, but replacing high-calorie beverages with water or low/no calorie water-based beverages can cut off a lot of calories just like that, and eating more water-rich foods will lead to you chewing more, easier digestion, and feeling fuller for longer.

Water Keeps Many Bodily Functions Running Smoothly
There are a host of things your body depends on water for, and while it can survive on less, maintaining optimal water intake will ensure better health overall. Digestion, absorption, circulation, saliva creation, nutrient transport, and body temperature regulation all depend on water to work properly, and without enough water, you can get all kinds of issues with all of these processes, and more.

Water Helps Your Skin Glow
Your skin contains a fair amount of water itself, and one of its functions is to act as a barrier, not only to keep foreign things out, but to keep water in and prevent fluid loss. Maintaining a healthy level of hydration will not improve the appearance of wrinkles and other age signs—for those, your best bet is a solid skincare routine with the right creams, serums, etc—but it will keep your skin from looking dry, ashy, and flaky. Further, it will prevent dehydration, which can actually increase the rate at which wrinkles develop. In other words, staying hydrated isn’t an anti-aging cure, but it is a preventative of sorts.

The Numbers
But exactly how much more water should you be drinking? Well, the best rule of thumb, better than any static number, is to base it on your weight and lifestyle. For every pound you weigh, you should drink a half to a full ounce of water. So, for example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you should drink 75-150 ounces of water every day. Whether you should drink closer to the maximum or minimum of the range depends on your activity level and how hot an environment you live in. The hotter the environment and the more physical activity you engage in, the more water you need, and the more sedentary you are and the colder your climate, the less you need (just don’t drink less than the ½ ounce per pound you weigh).

Try to keep water on hand at all times, and drink when you’re thirsty. Don’t force it, though, too much water is bad for you too, and if you force yourself to drink when you’re not thirsty, you can exceed the maximum of one ounce per pound you weigh and imbalance your electrolytes.

Keeping Your Skin Hydrated and Radiant

Woman with glowing skin

It is so important to keep your skin healthy. Your makeup will look better, and your skin will stay looking youthful if you work to prevent damage. Follow these skin health tips to keep your skin looking hydrated and radiant this summer!

Exfoliate a Few Times a Week
Getting rid of dull, dead skin will boost radiance and help your serums and moisturizers sink deeper into the skin. Using a cleansing brush, like a Clarisonic, can be great for daily use, but a gritty exfoliator once or twice can really make a difference in your skin’s texture. Chemical exfoliators also work great if you find traditional methods too abrasive. They can be purchased as a peel-off mask to use weekly, or in toners for daily use. Don’t forget to also exfoliate your body with a body scrub!

Woman drinking water

Drink Water
This tip is obvious, but is so important, so we’re including it anyway. Nothing will give you dull, tired looking skin like being dehydrated. This is especially important in the summer because you can get dehydrated faster. Make sure you bring your water bottle to work with you so you don’t forget to drink before lunch- getting dehydrated in the morning can zap your energy as well as your skin. Coffee in the morning will only dehydrate you! Making a conscious effort to drink water throughout the day can do a lot for your skin.

Try Out Some Vitamin C
There are so many products on the market right now in every price range that are formulated with vitamin C. Because it is an antioxidant, these products can prevent skin damage on a cellular level, and promote radiance and health! Vitamin C products also normally have a great citrus smell that can perk you up in the morning!

Use a Hyaluronic Acid Mask
There is no better way to keep skin hydrated and maintain its elasticity! Using an overnight hyaluronic mask will make your skin look smooth, plump, and healthy!

Woman applying sunscreen

Get Serious About Your Sun Protection
Wearing sunscreen on your face every day is the best way to prevent skin damage. Sun damage can make your skin dry and uneven, plus it causes premature aging, so commit to using a moisturizer with SPF 30 every day. Top it with a foundation with SPF for even more protection. If you want a little color this summer, stick with bronzing primers and glowy powders!

Pack on the Glow!
Now that strobing is popular, there are tons of products out there that will give you a glowing, radiant look. We recommend starting with a nourishing moisturizer (bonus points if it has sun protection). Then, using a brightening eye cream will help cancel out any dull blue circles that can pull your face down. Using a radiance boosting primer will help your glowing look last all day. Keep the glow coming with a light, dewy BB cream and a cream bronzer to give you a sun-kissed Finally, top everything off with a subtle wash of a shimmery bronzer across your cheeks and the bridge of your nose. You’ll be left with a radiant, healthy look that’s perfect for summer!

Skin Care Rehab

You’ve had a stressful week; work has been crazy, you’ve been taking care of your home and you are aching for the weekend when you can enjoy a night out with the only concern being what activity sounds the most fun or relaxing. You just want to shake off the stress and let your hair down. And so that’s what you do; good for you for taking time for yourself. However, it is possible to go a little overboard on your night out and your liver and kidneys aren’t the only organs in your body affected by too much drinking and eating unhealthy food favorites. Your skin, the largest organ of your body, is also greatly affected by your nights out and these good times can leave your skin looking grey, blotchy, tired and old. Vine Vera has you covered with skin care rehab both for when you return home at night and for extra care the next day.

Woman drinking water

Immediately After a Night Out
You probably already do this before heading to bed after a night out, but it is important enough to mention again. Be sure to drink plenty of water to help reduce any bloat from salt or sugar. Not only does water help reduce bloat, it also helps your skin to look healthier from the inside out. Bonus points for drinking a glass of warm water with lemon before bed as lemons add extra detoxifying properties.

Chances are you have a nightly skin care ritual that seems completely unnecessary and overwhelming after a long night out. Resist the urge to just fall into bed and take some time to cleanse your skin. This is especially important if you have been wearing makeup. If you can’t be bothered to do your regular routine of cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing, at least be sure to cleanse. If you absolutely cannot stand the idea of a full face wash, at least use some cleansing water to remove all the dirt, makeup and grime before you hit the sheets. Before you slip under your covers, add moisture back into your skin with a moisturizer. A sleeping pack with ingredients like hyaluronic acid is perfect for replenishing skin after a night out.

Woman washing her face.

The Next Morning
You probably took aspirin the night before, and you may be grabbing for it in the morning as well. Aspirin doesn’t just help your headache, it can benefit your skin after a big night out. If you are in a rush in the morning, you’ll want to skip this but if you have time an aspirin mask is a great way to reduce irritation, inflammation and even out blotchiness. Crush one aspirin and mix with a small amount of your usual toner. Apply to skin, focusing on red and uneven colored patches, then rinse off after five minutes or so.

Next, follow your normal morning care routine for cleansing and toning. Exfoliation is an important part of skin care rehab because it gets rid of dirt, debris and dead skin cells resulting from your night out. A gentle chemical exfoliant, like an AHA or BHA liquid, is a great way to effectively exfoliate your skin while still being gentle. For a bit more oomph during your exfoliation, pick up some exfoliating cotton rounds from any local store (Target, Wal-Mart or drugstores) and use the exfoliant on the exfoliating side of the cotton pad.

Woman applying moisturizer.

Finally, it’s time to seriously moisturize the skin. You can use your regular moisturizer, but for maximum impact look for a product, specifically a serum, that is packed with antioxidants to repair damage. You can just apply as you normally would, however, you can also help revive your face by massaging the serum or cream into your face. A facial massage helps to soothe tired muscles, can help fight signs of aging and ensures that your moisturizer (whether it is a serum or cream) is fully absorbed into your skin.

If you’re applying makeup, using light-reflective products help add radiance to your skin. A light-reflective concealer can work wonders under your eyes and down the center of your nose. Light-reflective powder is perfect for setting the concealer to keep your eyes bright.

You definitely deserve a night out after all that you do! Your schedule is crazy busy and it is incredibly important to take some time for yourself with friends or your partner to just have some fun. And if you have a little too much fun, keep your skin looking great with these skin care rehab tips.