summer hydration // for healthier skin
the summer solstice has come and gone, and we are officially in the swing of all things fun in the sun. with warmer weather and longer days in the northern hemisphere, most of us will be spending more time outside hiking, swimming, cycling, camping, and so much more. as we soak up these summer rays, replenishing your water levels internally and externally becomes essential for your skin to stay healthy and hydrated.
in fact, you will likely need even more water replenishment than you would throughout the rest of the year. and here's why.
hydration and your skin
H2O is the main component of all our cells and tissues, representing between 60 to 75% of our body's composition. So, in other words, water is absolutely essential for our body to function.
Not just that, but internal and external hydration is the key to healthy skin and barrier function (the outer part of our skin that protects from environmental stressors and pollutants and seals in moisture). Our skin barrier needs adequate hydration levels to perform its normal duties, including cellular turnover.
And this is serious. In clinical studies, water deficiency in the skin barrier has been linked with several dermatological imbalances such as dry, cracked, flaky skin as well as increased sensitivity and breakouts.
Other research has found that higher water intake in one's everyday diet can positively impact normal skin physiology, especially when it comes to skin hydration and barrier health. By increasing our daily water consumption, we can radically improve our skin's health and hydration, reducing transepidermal water loss and common skin imbalances.
At Maker + Merchant, we are huge fans of treating the skin both inside and out. And research like this has shown us that complicated skincare products are not always the answer. Sometimes, just sticking to the basic idea of drinking more water can be all we need to give our skin a healthy, hydrated summer glow.
Q: so what are some ways we are getting more h20 into our diet (and skin) this summer?
A: water-rich fruits and veggies hydrosols
Make Good Tip: You don't always need to drink water to ramp up your hydration levels. Eating water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumbers, watermelon, and grapes can also help make sure you're refueling your water reserves.
We know that sometimes, drinking plain water can be a bit of a bore. For those days when you want a little excitement to help encourage you to up your daily water intake, we love to add fresh summertime fruits and herbs into a mason jar of water and steep in the fridge overnight.
Try these Classic Combos:
- Basil + Lime
- Strawberry + Mint
Or, if you're feeling extra fancy, check out this delicious and healthy hydrating elixir from Earthy Feast. It's perfect for parties, barbeques, or self-care afternoons.
watermelon hibiscus agua fresca
- 1 Tablespoon Hibiscus Flowers
- 2 Cups Water
- 8 Cups Cubed Watermelon
- 2 Tablespoons Agave (optional for sweetness)
- Bubbly Water to top it off
Boil the water and pour it over the hibiscus flowers. Let steep for about 10 minutes and then chill.
Put the watermelon in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour it through a strainer—you should have about 2 cups of watermelon juice. Combine the chilled tea with the watermelon juice into a pitcher.
Taste for sweetness, stirring in a tablespoon or two of agave nectar if you wish. Then, pour into glasses and top with bubbly water.
(A shot of mezcal is optional.)
So now that we have covered ways to get more hydration into our body, what about topical hydration for the skin? Hydrosols are a great way to get an easy dose of hydration throughout the day and are particularly welcome for summer sun-kissed skin.
What are hydrosols?
Hydrosols are an ancient and powerful way to gently impart hydration AND beneficial herbal constituents into our skin. They are an herbal distillate (sometimes known as flower waters) from the flowers, bark, stems, leaves, and fruits of plants. These aromatic waters are imbued with herbal remedies and aromas and are much more gentle than essential oils, and do not require dilution before applying to the skin.
A hydrosol's pH closely matches our skin’s natural pH (4.5-5.5), meaning they can help bring the skin back into equilibrium. A balanced pH is essential to a healthy acid mantle, promoting a healthy skin barrier and protects against common skin upsets. This is particularly important in the summer when skin gets dehydrated, sunburned, or generally aggravated by the heat. Plus, hydrosols counteract heat and dehydration with a cool, balancing mist that is the perfect skin refresh.
Peppermint Hydrosol: The Just Peppermint Hydrosol is as versatile as it is refreshing. Peppermint, nature’s perennial invigorator and energizer, is prized for its refreshing effects on the mind and body. Hot, prickly, and sunburned skin will feel instant relief with a few spritzes of Just Peppermint Hydrosol. Cool. Soothe. Refresh. Repeat.
You and your skin can also explore the sensations of chamomile, lavender, and rose in the Just Our Favorite Hydrosols Multipack.
our favorite ways to use hydrosols:
- In place of a morning cleanse. Thoroughly mist to refresh and awaken tired skin.
- After sun exposure. Bonus points for keeping yours in the fridge.
- A midday pick-me-up followed by a few drops of your favorite Maker + Merchant Oil.
Cheers to a hydrated summer! 🚰🚰🚰