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The sun is hot and temperatures are high. Dehydration can occur quickly and be very dangerous both internally and externally. Dehydration is when the body loses water and electrolytes and cannot function properly. Many regular outdoor activities (running, golf, even the pool) can lead to dehydration during the summer months and nothing does more for thirsty skin than hydration. Stay hydrated internally by drinking enough fluids, especially water, and eating foods with high water content and incorporate hyaluronic acid into your skin regimen. Hyaluronic acid holds up to 100x its weight in water (i.e. keeping skin plump, hydrated and youthful-looking). Skin is left supple and hydrated.

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Dr. G’s tip: “Add a pinch of sea salt to your water. Sea salt contains over 80 essential nutrients our bodies crave. This water will keep you hydrated longer as the minerals will hold water in the body longer.”

Foods to eat to increase hydration:

  • Leafy greens
  • Watermelon
  • All berries
  • Lettuce
  • Raw spinach
  • Tomato sauce
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Pineapple
  • Coconut water-potassium, electrolytes
  • Bananas-potassium
  • Add sea salt to your water

Infuse hydration and replenish your skin:

CQJ_0167Fall arrives and the temperature starts to drop and the air feels lighter giving us just a peak into winter. As temperatures drop so does humidity, which can leave our skin begging for hydration. With all the upcoming holiday travel this autumn/winter think mists, masks and hydrating protectors for the face and eyes.

Long work and travel days can leave skin thirsty and dull. For a quick pick-me-up try Omorzivia’s Queen of Hungary facial mist. We discovered this beautiful brand in London. The toning and protective mist is created with Hungarian healing waters. The fragrance is intoxicating and Jennifer Lopez is said to be fan. A must have!

To keep your complexion glowing and bright try Oskia’s Renaissance mask. This brightening mask is designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance and packed with OSKIA’s trademark blend of beauty-boosting nutrients. This luxuriously-textured exfoliating mask leaves the complexion smoother, more refined and illuminated. A must have for traveling!

There is nothing quite as dehydrating than a plane ride. Start off smart by applying our new Plant Profusion Energetic Eye Cream and drinking lots of water. The proprietary blend of superior active ingredients improves the appearance of aging skin by protecting, repairing, and rehydrating the eye area. Reapply throughout the flight making sure to get the upper lids as well. If your flight is an overnight journey, apply a generous amount of our Regenerative Eye Cream onto washed skin. This ultra luxurious cream fights against inflammation, irritation and dryness while nourishing the skin with Organic Red Tea and Japanese Seaweed. Put on your sleep mask and you’ll wake up looking refreshed.

As always whether in the air, a car or just simply walking around and SPF is a must. Just because the temperature is dropping doesn’t mean your aren’t still getting harmful UV rays. For superior protection with an ultra lightweight feel, try our Sun Visor SPF30 mist. This can be misted on clean skin or over makeup.

Keeping skin hydrated during the Fall will be beneficial come winter time!

Winter weather always wreaks havoc on our skin no matter how many oils, creams, lotions and potions are applied. Dry and flaky skin is simply inevitable given the harsh conditions in most areas of the country (and world). With Spring now officially here to stay, we wanted to share a few staples that we work into our regimen to keep the flakiness at bay while our skin is transitioning with the Spring season.

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Prep your skin (right): Arguably the most important first step is exfoliating (with something gentle) to remove the surface layers of dead skin and follow with a super hydrating moisturizer or oil. We love Goldfaden MD’s Fresh A Peel, an effective but very gentle Lactic Acid enzyme peel or Tatcha’s Deep Rice Enzyme exfoliator followed by Fleuressence “Native Botanical Cell Oil”. If you’re feeling extra dry, you can seal with your preferred heavy cream moisturizer to ensure that all moisture is locked in.

*Tip: For extreme dry areas, pat an extra dab of oil onto the targeted spot and let soak in.

Say goodbye to powder: Powders tend to lay on top of dry surfaces, build up, clog pores, and make it appear that your make up looks “caky”. Instead of grabbing your compact foundation, opt for a blush stain (we love Tarte, Benefit and ByTerry), as it will give you an elevated natural flush glow and stay on all day long.

Introduce a skin highlighter (game-changer): We have talked about skin highlighters before (because we LOVE them) and they are perfect for adding in that extra POP to your skins glow. Best to be used to accentuate the bone structures – cheek bones, nose brim, eye brow OR mix in a tiny drop with your foundation.

We love: Nars Copacabana, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Illuminator and Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfecter.

Drink water: As much as people talk about this, it’s true. Drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day not only keeps you hydrated, but it also helps to flush out all of the toxins and impurities that lead to pore-clogging mishaps. Keeping your skin hydrated is the least expensive way to take 5 years off of your age and eliminate dark circles and splotchy skin.