If you’re like me, you’re on a quest to live a healthier, happier life. I’m trying to eliminate unnecessary chemicals in my products and stay hydrated, which has a positive effect on every area of my body and life. So, I’ve been researching tips for staying hydrated from hair to toe.
As the seasons change, I struggle to stay moisturized. In Florida, one day, I’m dealing with dry winter conditions. And the next day, it’s the scorching sun.
The weather and moisture have a powerful effect on your hair, skin, and nails.
I’ve always enjoyed growing out my hair, but keeping it healthy and long is challenging. Without good hydration, my hair becomes dry and brittle.
But I’ve found a few great hydration solutions that have helped me improve my overall health.
Keep reading for the best tips I’ve found to stay hydrated from hair to toe.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated is a combination of hydrating your body from the inside and moisturizing from the outside. Here are a few of my favorite tips for staying hydrated.
1) Think Drink
Water can flush out toxins, help regulate your weight, and helps prevent the negative effects of dehydration including brain fog, mood changes, overheating, constipation, and kidney stones.
So, it is critical to drink more water. There are several things we can do to think drink. The following are a few of my favorite mom hacks to drink more water:
- Leave a bottle of water out on the counter to drink first thing in the morning. Some people find it easier to drink water fast at room temperature.
- Drink a glass of water while you are waiting on your coffee pot.
- Use alarms on your phone to remind yourself to drink water throughout the day. There are even apps for that.
- Think “drink” before you snack. Sometimes you feel hungry, but your body is actually thirsty. Every time you reach for a snack, promise yourself to drink a glass of water first. It will also help you to eat less.
2) Flavor Your Water
If you have a hard time drinking plain water, try flavoring your water. The healthiest method to flavor your water is to infuse it with real fruit.
Sliced cucumber, strawberries, lemon, or lime are some of my favorite add-ins. You can also freeze them for delicious ice cubes.
If you have a hard time eliminating sodas, I recommend trying sparkling water. Bubble waters don’t have the calories and chemicals that soda does but give you that effervescent feeling in a variety of flavors.
3) Eat Your Water
If you are still having a hard time drinking more water, I recommend eating food high in water. Try foods like bell peppers, strawberries, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, and spinach.
4) Better Hair Care
If you’re a frequent reader, then you know I’ve been on a quest for better hair. That’s why I was excited to try the Pantene Nutrient Blends Pure Clean & Clarify Collection to bring you this post.
I’ve been looking for a shampoo that was free of harsh chemicals – that truly worked to give me that clean feeling as well. I wait AS LONG AS I CAN between washes, and sometimes, it seems like even after a good wash, my hair doesn’t feel clean and refreshed.
The Pure Clean & Clarify Collection is free from parabens, dyes, mineral oils, and silicone. So, not only does the Pure Clean & Clarify Shampoo strip out the daily pollutants and styling buildup, it infuses my hair with pro-vitamin B5 and antioxidants, without the extra chemicals that I don’t want.
And when I follow up with the Pure Clean & Clarify Lightweight Conditioner, it replenishes moisture and rinses clean. I like to work the conditioner up from the ends of my hair and let it set for a few minutes before rinsing – and I always love how much softer my hair feels, too!
This way, I am moisturizing my hair from the inside (with water and healthy eating) and outside. Pantene’s Pure Clean & Clarify leaves my hair refreshed for a new week.
5) Hydrate Your Skin
Drinking more water not only helps your hair but helps your skin too. Especially during those dry winter months with the heat on.
For the sake of avoiding unnecessary chemicals and fragrances, I have moved toward using natural oils on my skin. I moisturize with coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, and other naturally derived oils.
The best part is if I do want a scent, I mix them with the natural, therapeutic power of essential oils.
6) Moisturize Your Nails
We started from our hair, now let’s go down to our toes. You can keep your fingernails and toenails hydrated by moisturizing them every day.
The most natural moisturizer is vitamin E. Apply it each night before bed to your cuticles.
You can even make your own DIY nail oil roller with a base oil and add in a few moisturizing essential oils like Lavender to keep nails strong and healthy.
The Final Splash on Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated will take effort. It is a scientific fact that a new habit may take anywhere from two months to eight months to become your norm.
Or even longer. Yikes.
So, don’t get down on yourself if it doesn’t become second nature in just a couple of weeks.
The key here is to keep trying, keep hydrating and find which tips work best for you.
Everyone is different, so you’ll get there in your own time, but I promise, the more you hydrate, the better you’ll feel. You’ve got this momma!
I hope these tips were helpful! You can learn more about the Nutrient Blends Collection on Pantene’s website here.