tips for staying hydrated from top to toe
Most of us know how important it is to keep our body hydrated. And when we think of hydration, it’s usually the thought of quenching our thirst with an ice-cold glass of water that springs to mind.
While drinking water to restore our energy and vitality internally is absolutely essential, it’s only one of the ways we can internally hydrate. Not only that, keeping our bodies hydrated from the outside – and from head to toe – is just as important. Whether you’re nourishing your hair and scalp, face and lips, or your entire body, there is an abundance of opportunities to reap the benefits of holistic hydration.
And you’ll see just how easy it can be to make them a part of your everyday rituals, too.
what are the benefits of holistic hydration?
Hydrating your whole body, inside and out, leads to all kinds of amazing benefits. Under the skin, keeping your body well-hydrated with the right food and drinks can give you a real boost of energy and brain function – helping you avoid dehydration, which slows down your circulation while affecting your memory and concentration. You’ll feel like you’ve got more vitality and that you’re thinking more clearly, too.
The right amount of hydration can also help control your metabolism and improve digestion, by breaking down fibre in your diet. And if you’ve experienced the stiffness and soreness of joint pain before, proper hydration can help to lubricate the cartilage inside your joints – so you can move more smoothly and freely.
The benefits of hydration on the outside of your body are plentiful too. Hydrated skin is healthy skin – and giving it that hydration reduces dryness and dullness. Instead, your skin will feel smoother, and look brighter and clearer. With the healthy, youthful glow that comes from making proper hydration a part of your daily routine.
starting from the top – how do I hydrate my hair and scalp?
There are a few telling signs that your hair and scalp are both in need of hydration. Your hair might feel dry, dull and brittle, or even a little thinner. Meanwhile, your scalp can feel flaky and itchy, as well as being prone to redness. The good news? There are a number of ways you can hydrate both.
Rosehip oil is one of the most effective, natural remedies for hydrating the top of your body (and the rest of it, for that matter!). Enriched with a range of antioxidants, fatty acids and anti-inflammatories, it helps to hydrate, hold moisture and repair damaged hair or skin. You can easily make a rosehip oil hair treatment part of your weekly ritual. Before you’re set to wash your hair, apply rosehip oil directly to your scalp and run it through your hair. Leave it in for up to 30 minutes, then wash it out before using your shampoo and conditioner.
The natural ingredients in rosehip oil can help hydrate your hair and scalp alike – leaving it feeling smoother, stronger and more full of life.
what are the benefits of hydrating my face and lips?
You can usually spot someone who’s well-hydrated simply by looking at their face. They often have that unmistakable healthy glow – along with a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion.
It’s not just a vibrant glow that hydrated skin leads to, though. Dehydrated skin is usually more susceptible to sunburn and UV damage, as well as other forms of inflammation. Not only that, it can produce excess oil – which can block your pores and cause breakouts.
Giving your skin proper hydration means you’re keeping its lipid function working properly – which retains your skin's essential moisture levels.
There are a number of ways you can help to stay hydrated. Drinking enough water each day is obviously a vital first step – but a well-rounded skincare regime is just as essential. And when it comes to facial products, there are plenty you can call upon to help with hydration – like our Intense Moisture Mask, which comes filled with natural ingredients that work to provide deep hydration during the day or overnight.
One of the most effective, not-so-secret ingredients you can call upon to help hydrate your skin is hyaluronic acid. It’s a naturally occurring substance whose main purpose is to hold water to your skin’s surface. You’ll find it in a number of products, including our Peptide 8 Hyaluronic Serum – a supercharged serum that hydrates your skin, clears up your complexion and retains that essential moisture.
When you’re considering the skin around your face, don’t forget your lips. Dehydrated lips can look and feel dry, chapped or flaky – all of which can be very uncomfortable too. If you’re looking to boost your lips’ hydration levels, a vitamin-rich balm like our Hyaluronic Lip Treatment can make a lasting difference. While repairing your lips’ collagen and elastin, the hyaluronic acid locks in moisture – leaving your lips feeling hydrated for longer.
how does whole-body hydration help, from head to toe?
Your entire body benefits from proper hydration in the same ways that the skin on your face does. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ – what enriches one part is likely to affect another.
Staying hydrated from head to toe means you’re helping to smooth out fine lines and improve your skin’s overall elasticity too. So take the time to be mindful of areas of your body where your skin feels tighter, duller, or more likely to break out in spots or feel agitated and inflamed. And if you need to increase your body’s level of hydration? Nourish it with our Vanilla and Macadamia Body Drink. It’ll quench your skin’s thirst, while supporting it as it works to restore balance and stay hydrated.
Few areas of our body get put through their paces quite like our hands and feet – so naturally, they might require some extra care when hydrating our skin. It’s why we’ve formulated products especially for these areas – like our Signature Blend Hand Therapy and our Avocado & Mint Foot Cream. They both call on some of nature’s most powerful natural gifts to enrich your skin with natural vitamins and oils so that they feel smoother and healthier. And to make sure that no part of your body feels dehydrated.
how can I enjoy the benefits of internal hydration?
Internal hydration is essential for keeping us feeling healthy and energised. From clearing a foggy brain to keeping us feeling full to avoid over consumption, it’s one of the most important ways we can feel enriched every day.
Drinking water is, naturally, one of the most important steps to maintaining this hydration. It’s recommended that women drink at least 2 litres a day while men aim for 2.6 litres. This includes the water you use to make tea. As well as hydrating you, endota teas also offer a range of other benefits, from aiding a good night’s sleep to supporting a calmer stomach.
A number of foods also provide ways for you to bring extra hydration into your body. Foods like cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, strawberries, zucchini and watermelon all have a naturally-high water content to complement their other special qualities. While you enjoy the taste, your body can enjoy the hydration.
Beyond individual ingredients, soups and stews are ideal recipes for drinking up those health benefits – especially when they contain those foods with a high water content in the first place. If you’re looking for a place to start, our Winter Soup or Hearty Cannellini Bean Stew recipes on endota Retreat are two delicious, nourishing opportunities to hydrate your body while enjoying a nutritious meal.
hydration in its most holistic sense is essential
For feeling our very best. For looking our most luminous. And for caring for our body head to toe, inside and out. Whether you’re hitting your daily water intake, or quenching your skin’s thirst, keep your hydration top of mind. And keep enjoying all of the benefits that come along with it.
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