Summer is here and it’s time for a little relaxation and lots of fun in the sun. Although lounging out in the sun is enjoyable it can have damaging effects on your body, especially the skin and hair. Why is the skin and hair so susceptible to sun damage? Because, many people fail to make sure that their bodies are properly hydrated before spending time in the sun.
Hydration, of course, helps to prevent dehydration and decreases the risk of sunburn, heat stroke, and aging due to sun damage. Drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to stay hydrated, but there are also a number of foods that work to keep the body and skin hydrated. Here are 6 of the best foods to eat that will keep your skin hydrated during the blistering months of summer.
Apples are sweet, delicious, and highly nutritious. They have a high water content, which is perfect for keeping the body and skin hydrated. Apples also contain antioxidants that work to fight the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. My favorite, green apples, offer an effective treatment against dandruff. I always add granny smith apples to my smoothies. Hey, where do you think the amazing Apple Cider Vinegar comes from?
GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES
Greens are always featured on healthy foods lists because that are so nutrient rich. Spinach, kale and other leafy greens are packed with Omega fatty acids, iron and a multitude of vitamins that all work to hydrate and improve the appearance of the skin. They are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin B and C, which are essential for hair growth.
Strange item on the list, I agree but steamed rice is about 70% water, which makes it an ideal food for hydration. Rice is an iron-rich food, a nutrient that is essential for blood production. Recent studies have shown that rice water exhibits positive hair care effects, such as decreasing surface friction and improving hair elasticity.
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Avocados are filled with “good fats” and are rich in vitamins C and E. These vitamins are very good for the skin and the fats help to lock moisture into the skin from the inside out. Avocados are excellent in hair masks for adding superior shine and softness to your strands.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Promoting healthy skin is only one of the many benefits of regularly consuming virgin olive oil. This oil is very high in vitamin E, a vitamin that has been known to improve the look and texture of the skin. Olive oil itself can be applied to the skin to lock in moisture and minimize sun damage for hair too.
Many of us understand the importance of eating yogurt for a healthy stomach and bowels, but yogurt is good for the hair and skin as well. Yogurt has a high water content, around 89%, which makes it a useful tool in the fight against dehydration.
What’s your favorite item for skin and hair hydration?
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