Top 5 Summer Essentials!

With the warm weather finally here and beach season right around the corner, here’s a list of items that will help you look and feel your best for the season!

1: Sunscreen

With the warm weather here, we’re bound to expose more skin in an attempt to stay cool. However, this exposure leaves the skin prone to environmental stress. Harmful UV rays can cause premature wrinkles and can raise our risks of skin cancer. Sunscreen helps shield our skin from these harmful rays as well as prevent dark spots and skin discolorations.

I suggest using a sunscreen such as Sun Bum with an SPF of at least 50.

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Don’t forget your lips! Sun Bum also has a coconut flavored chap stick with SPF 30 in it! It feels super light on your lips and leaves them feeling smooth all while protecting them!

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2: Facial Mist

It’s a good idea to carry some kind of facial mist to help hydrate your skin. Our faceย can become easily dry if we don’t moisturize enough during the hot weather.

I suggest Skyn ICELAND‘s Arctic Face Mist which contains multi vitamins.

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3: Makeup remover wipes

It’s important to remember to never go to bed with makeup on! Not only will it clog your pores, but it can also irritate and dry out your skin.

I suggest using a facial wipe such as Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes. They have towels for dry, sensitive, and oily skin.

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4: Oil blotting sheets:

For everyone who has oily skin, it’s important to blot the excess oil off the face to prevent clogged pores and breakouts!

I suggest using NYX’s blotting sheets.

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5: Most importantly…. Water!

This is the most important thing to have during the summer months. It’s important to stay hydrated so that our bodies can function properly and help us stay healthy! It also helps give your skin that natural beautiful glow!

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Stay safe, stay healthy, and have fun!

~ Ivy

How much water should YOU be drinking daily?

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Although water has no calories or organic nutrients, it is vital for every human being. Water is an essential part of the metabolic processes in the human body. Without it, a person can become dehydrated which can lead to several health complications.

Good hydration can avoid several things such as headaches, cramps, and fatigue. It also helps hair grow longer, helps skin regain moisture, and will give your face a glowing appearance!

There is a simple way to figure out the minimum amount of water that you should be drinking per day.
Simply divide your weight by two and the equation will give you the minimum amount of ounces that you should be drinking per day. That’s it! It’s simple.

For example, if you weigh around 100 lbs, you should be drinking about 50 ounces of water per day. That is the equivalent of about 2 liters.However, for people who are very active such as people who go to the gym or who are involved in sports, more water should be taken to stay hydrated.

But Ivy, how do I know for sure if I’m being hydrated enough?”
When I was running with my cross country team and competing every weekend with other teams, one of the ways that I learned to check if I was hydrated enough was to check my pee. Seriously! We were required to check in with the physical therapists and our trainers for any sprains, strains, or soreness, and they would always emphasize that we hydrate ourselves properly. Right outside of the office there was a big urine color chart for everyone to see.
It looked like this:
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Basically, if your pee looks like #1 (which is almost as clear as water), then you’re hydrated!

If your pee looks like apple juice like #4, then you’re a bit dehydrated and should be drinking more water.

Anything that resembles the last three numbers means that you are very dehydrated and may even have an infection. If your pee looks like #8, you most likely have a kidney infection!

Drinking water is very important in everyone’s lives. Instead of drinking sodas and drinks that are packed with sugar, drink water instead! Your body will thank you for it!

Stay hydrated, stay healthy, and live life fully ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck

Ivy ~

Resources:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/09/13/the-truth-about-how-much-water-you-should-really-drink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water