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Beauty Staying hydrated in the heat No one likes feeling thirsty, plus we all know that hydration is the key to feeling well, especially on hot days. How do you stay hydrated in the summer sun though? If you’re on holiday from a cooler climate, remember you will need to drink more than you do at home. By eating, drinking, and applying the right things, you can keep your skin glowing, hydrated, and beautiful all summer long. The food you eat can also help you stay hydrated. Eating foods that have a high water content help keep your skin glowing and healthy. Most fruits and vegetables are good for you, but these choices are extra good: pomegranates, berries, tomatoes, The answer to staying hydrated is simple; the best and cheapest way is good old-fashioned water! And yes you can safely drink the tap water here in Spain. The old rule of eight glasses a day still stands, but you’ll want to drink extra water if you’re working out vigorously or consuming a lot of dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, why not add some fruit for a little flavour? Lemons are the old stand-by, but limes, cucumbers or berries all work. It can also be a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you whenever you go out during the day. nuts, and green leafy vegetables. Diet plays a role in assisting your skin’s ability to maintain moisture, so make sure you eat foods which are rich in essential fatty acids, such as walnuts, flaxseed, salmon, and olive oil. They all help skin cells stay hydrated. Contrary to popular belief, drinking water doesn’t immediately affect your skin. In fact, when you drink it, water goes through the intestines, and is absorbed into your bloodstream, it is then filtered by kidneys. Then it hydrates cells. So when it comes to beauty, the secret is to moisturise! Your skin needs hydration through creams and moisturisers in the summer as well as the winter. And don’t forget sun screen to protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun, even if you are walking around rather than lying in the sun you might be surprised how easily you can become sunburnt here. And why not add a hat too, protect your face and hair and keep the glare from your eyes. In Australia during the 80s they had a famous slogan: “Slip, slop, slap.” Slip on a shirt, Slop on the sunscreen, Slap on a hat. Perhaps we should revive that here. 42