Hydrate Yo'self!

At least fifty thousand times a day (ok, I may be exaggerating, but it’s a LOT), I tell my clients, my friends, the girl at the checkout counter to hydrate. I cannot say it enough. Hydration is the key to good skin. If you’re hydrated, it shows.  Not only is it good (and necessary, people) for the part of you that you can’t see (think organs), but it’s essential for your skin.  If you hydrate consistently, your skin will get that natural glow.  

How much should you drink?  Everyone says 8 cups a day...but if you drink coffee and alcohol, you’ve gotta drink more than that.  Here’s where my skingeek side kicks in: Did you know that you need to drink 4 cups of water to make up for every 1 cup of coffee you drink?  Same goes for alcohol.  Seriously, enjoy it all, just make it up on the other side.

But, Tatum, you may be thinking, I hate water...it’s just so plain.  Think of it like this: Water’s like a little black dress.  You can keep it plain and casual or you can dress it up.  Every now and again, I like to add a little zing to my water, myself.  It makes it yummy and more exciting...and, if I like what I’m drinking, I’ll drink more of it...which helps my skin retain its youthful qualities (hear me, women over 40) and keeps me healthy from the inside out.

To get you going, here are some ideas to liven up your water:

  • lemon
  • lime
  • orange
  • grapefruit
  • starfruit
  • cucumber
  • honeydew
  • cantaloupe

Or try these combos:

  • Get herbal: cucumber + basil or mint.
  • Spice it up: pineapple + ginger + mint
  • Fruit stand: strawberries + blueberries + raspberries
  • Clean: watermelon + mint

To your health!