February 11, 2013

Beauty Tip: Soak It Up!

When it comes to modeling there is a lot of pressure to always look fresh-faced. Keeping your skin nourished and hydrated is just part of the job as a model. I use masks and face creams of course (I'll fill you in on my own routine in a later post), but the single most important trick I've found to youthful skin is simply staying hydrated. Downing at least 2 liters of water has to be a day-long commitment, and I used to find it impossible to drink that much! Luckily I found a couple tricks along the way, and I'm happy to share them with you.

1. Make it a part of your beauty routine.
This is really the easiest thing you can do to start off on the right foot in the morning and build a healthy routine. When it's time to do your hair and makeup in the morning simply pour yourself a tall glass of water, and finish it by the time you are all prettied up. Doing this always assures that I'm drinking more than just coffee in the morning, and reminds me WHY staying hydrated is so important.

2. Try hot yoga.
This one takes quite a bit more effort, but I promise it will make your skin absolutely glow. I am a huge fan of hot yoga, whether it be Bikram or otherwise, and I highly recommend you try it. Not only will you be getting a great exercise which tones and stretches your muscles, but you will be completely forced to hydrate - no ifs and or buts about it. I'll be honest - my first Bikram class I thought I was going to pass out, puke, or both. But I got through it, and after the first few classes I got used to the heat. I also learned how to properly hydrate. For hot yoga you have to drink a lot of water before class, sip it during class, and then re-hydrate all over again afterwards. You sweat out a ton of toxins during class, and it is the PERFECT excuse to hydrate hydrate hydrate.

3. Tasty alternatives, and cut out the bad stuff!
I tend to get bored drinking just water, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. In fact water sometimes tastes so bland I can barely stand it (just being honest!). The truth is, though, that the more I drink water the more acclimated I get to its taste. And vice-versa - the more sugary juices or diet sodas I drink the more my tastebuds crave those things. So, I truly believe that drinking enough water also means cutting out the junk. If you are going to drink store-bought and pasteurized juices at least water it down. You'll be amazed at how much water you can add and still maintain the taste. And sorry kiddos, no soda. None. Quit it. Luckily there are some yummy hydrating alternatives, though. For instance, I buy bubbly water like it's going out of style. I always make sure that the flavored kinds don't contain Aspartame (a nasty artificial sweetener). And if you are a huge fan of bubbly water like I am, you can go eco-conscious with the habit by buying your own carbonated water maker which comes with re-usable glass containers (check Target or Williams-Sonoma). Another tasty treat for me is coconut water. I can already hear some of you say ewww at the mention of it. Guess what - I hated it at first, too. It is usually an acquired taste, but I have converted a few friends to it over time, and personally I love it now. Coconut Water also contains a lot of potassium, which is great for helping avoid muscle cramps after a hard workout. I usually follow-up a hot yoga session with at least a little coconut water in the mix. I recommend you try it, and if you don't like it do a few hard workouts and try it again afterwards. You may just come around to enjoying the taste and physical benefits.

I hope these tips and tricks will help you keep hydrated, and on your way to more fresh and glowing skin!

XOXO,
Ellen

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