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    *Chanting crowd* “Water, water, water!”

    Welcome back, smart tanners! This week’s blog is all about breaking it down to the single most important molecule to all living organisms… Water! Thanks to a quick Google search, you can easily find out that water is “a colorless, transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the basis of the fluids of living organisms”, if you didn’t already know…

    You can also find out that health authorities commonly recommend we each consume eight 8-ounce glasses (about 2 liters) a day, also known as the 8×8 rule—easy to remember, yet not so easy to follow.

    Today we’re talking how important water is for your SKIN, because we are all about healthy, glowy skin. The bottom line is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of your body, your skin is made up of cells. Like any other cell in the body, your skin cells are made up of water.

    When your skin is lacking the sufficient amount of water, it will turn dry, tight, and flaky (thus causing your tan to fade as your skin cells flake off). The resilience weakens and your skin is more prone to wrinkling (yikes!).

    As you go about your day, you lose large quantities of water (be it through urination, sweating, etc.), which needs to be replaced somehow. Unfortunately, water that you consume through drinking will reach all of your other organs first, before reaching your skin. So the importance to applying water to our skin and keeping it there is GREAT. Not only will keeping skin hydrated show a visible difference—radiant, healthy, glowy skin—it can help prevent wrinkles as well (and who doesn’t want that…)!

    Here are a few of the best ways to add water to your skin:

    • After you step out of the bath or shower, your skin is still porous and vulnerable to products. So applying a hydrating moisturizer within 2 minutes of hopping out will allow for better absorption.
    • Apply a product like Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (which can be picked up at Jeune Skin Care) to your skin prior to your moisturizer, as this contains hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it there.
    • The obvious, ever-painful suggestion to drink more water. Drinking the “prescribed” 8 glasses a day will allow the body and skin to get rid of toxins. Many people, with and without acne, have reported that their increase of water intake results in a more radiant glow.
    • Apply quality tanning lotion prior to tanning to keep skin hydrated while under the beating UV rays of the sun/bed. Dry skin reflects up to 50% of the sun’s rays that reach it—don’t waste your sun time!

    Disclaimer: none of these suggestions will give you that desired Beyoncé glow overnight. But by holding yourself accountable to those 2 liters a day for a good couple of weeks, you should see the affects of the hydration on your skin and feel more beautiful than ever.

    For more great info, check back in next week! Thank you as always for reading our blog, Ask Ultimate Sun. Chow for now, MJ

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