Dr. Kelly Collins explains why you need to internally and externally hydrate
Dr. Kelly Collins explains why you need to internally and externally hydrate.
As we move into the hottest months of the year, the most important tip I can give to boost your wellbeing is to hydrate every cell of your body every single day. Most of us think of hydration as drinking plenty of water to keep our cellular mechanisms functioning optimally. While our internal environment is the most important aspect of our bodies, hydrating your external being should be a priority, especially when it comes to anti-aging and the benefits that moisture has on our entirety.
So, what does it mean to focus on hydration internally and externally? There’re so many choices we can take to ensure our skin and other organs stay as youthful and healthy for as long as possible. Any treatment that floods your body with water will maintain elasticity in your skin and can take years off your appearance. Here are some of my favorites:
- Drink lots and lots of water daily. We’ve all heard how important this is. Do we always do it? Probably not. I’ve found that carrying a jug of water around with me all day, even when I’m in a treatment room with a patient, is a sure-fire way to make sure I’ll finish my water and be successful on my goal of water ounces taken in for the day. Water not only boosts metabolism by allowing all cellular processes to occur more efficiently, it also helps our bodies detox any toxins that have made their way internally through the air we breathe and the food we consume. And, there are numerous studies that show that toxins are the fastest mechanism of aging we need to combat.
- Get a Hydrafacial once a month. A Hydrafacial is a luxurious experience that infuses copious amounts of moisture into the cells of your skin. This hydradermabrasion procedure cleanses, exfoliates, extracts impurities, and hydrates, while providing antioxidants to support healthy and nourished skin. You’ll leave feeling refreshed, your skin will feel super soft and clean, and you’ll have an amazing glow.
- Get a nutritional IV once a month. Also know as a Meyer’s Cocktail, this IV is jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients that have many amazing benefits. Your immune system will be stronger, your energy will be much better, and your skin will look and feel supple and elastic because of the hydrating effects of the IV. This is one of the best choices we can make to keep our bodies looking and feeling younger and hydrated. It takes about 45 minutes to administer this treatment. Plan on having a little relaxation time while you receive your IV. Once you’re done, you’ll feel immediately better than when you arrived.
- Use physician-grade skincare. I can’t preach this enough. For years, probably decades, I used department store brands of skincare and over-the-counter options from drug stores. These are a big no-no because the ingredients will pull moisture from your skin, leaving it more dehydrated than before. You must remember, a lot of these over-the counter products try to keep their formulating costs as low as possible. This means the ingredients include by-products like fillers and other things that cause more harm to our skin. When I started using physician-grade skincare every day, over a year ago, the improvement in my skin stunned me. I know I look much younger now than I did at 35––and I’m 50! I can’t stress the importance of these products enough. Find an aesthetician with years of experience and have this person assist you with products that will benefit your skin most. Medical-grade products will infuse your skin with moisture and keep you hydrated, not only through the hot summer months, but during the dry winter months, as well.
Think of your body as an asset you want to treasure for decades to come. If you start taking steps now to nourish and hydrate your body, in a short time, you’ll reap the benefits that come from self-love and self-care.
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