Hydration made easy

By Sue Conley, Wednesday, 27th April 2016 | 0 comments

There's so many ways to keep yourself topped up from head to toe. Sue Conley offers up some H2O options

Hydration isn't just about the water you drink, or about the moisturiser you use: it truly is an inside/outside job, and if you're taking good care of your skin and fulfilling your daily water intake, then you're on the way to being at optimum level to cross the finish line in the Vhi Women's Mini Marathon.

I'm usually not great about taking supplements, but I kept hearing about isotonics. Galway-based company, Cellnutrition, have a handy course of Quinton Totum Sport Isotonics ampoules (€40/box of 30) that are so easy to take, and so effective. According to Cellnutrition's John Kelleher “When you exercise your body needs to deliver more energy to all your muscles including your heart. Sweating causes your body to not only lose water but also the precious minerals that help your body hold onto water and maintain the supply of energy to your muscles. If you become dehydrated you lose performance, mental focus and there is an increased risk muscle cramps and injury.” The bonus is, you can take them after a workout if, er, you've forgotten to do so before you head out. “When taken after exercise, the supplement helps your muscles recover and replenishes energy stores ready for your next run,” John says.

So, that's your insides sorted. As for your outside? Sometimes it's just about what feels good on your skin. There's nothing like a blast of Eau Thermale Avène Water Spray (€8.99) before, after and during a workout — especially if you've been clever and have kept the canister cooling in the fridge. Made from the pure spring at the Avène source, this is extra helpful for those who suffer from rosacea and psoriasis. They also come in a 50ml size (€3.99), perfect for bringing along with you as you train — or even on the day itself.

Masques are great for encouraging suppleness, and L'Occitane Divine Cream Mask (€104) and  Nuxe Nuxuriance Ultra Re-plumping Roll On Mask (€39.25) are both luxe and effective. To get even more mileage out of your mask, try Origins Maskimiser (€25), the world's first mask primer.  Follow up wit The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate (€52.50) or Garnier Skin ActiveMoisture Bomb Night (€7.33) and your face won't know itself. For a full body treat, Vichy has two new options: Ideal Body Balm (€22) or Ideal Body Oil (€23), both of which use the type of active ingredients that are used in face care, keeping you in tip-top condition.