Hydrated all summer long

A trip to Lanzarote with Kaitlyn Reinhart

It is in the driest environments that we realize the importance of hydration. Just like nature in summer, the water needs of our body and our skin increase. Let's go to the island of Lanzarote to discover hydrating ingredients with poetic chef Kaitlyn Reinhart.


Hydrate your skin with simplicity

Exposed to the sun, your skin becomes exhausted and tends to be tight? Consider adapting your care ritual to provide it with all the water it needs, and thus slow down skin aging.


Eat your water: 3 hydrating recipes

Inspired by the power of Lanzarote's wildlife, Kaitlyn honors local ingredients with 3 recipes rich in antioxidants, minerals and naturally moisturizing.

On a desert island...

A huge glass of water for your skin

Despite using a moisturizing cream every day, does your skin lack hydration and look dull? Do you find it difficult to get your makeup to stay put? These problems can occur when the cells in your skin can't hold in moisture correctly, and it means that your skin is dehydrated. All skin types can be affected by dehydration. When skin doesn't get all the moisture it needs, the first signs of aging (wrinkles and fine lines) may appear sooner, and the skin can age faster. If you want to slow down skin aging, it's essential that you incorporate a deeply hydrating skincare product (one that's certified organic, of course!) into your routine, to meet your skin's needs.

Lanzarote through the eyes of Kaitlyn:

It might seem strange to talk hydration surrounded by such harsh and barren landscapes but it is here where we see so strikingly the necessity and importance of water. I was impressed by each living thing that could grow through this volcanic terrain under my feet. The farmers dig wholes so the plants’s roots can reach the fertile soil beneath and semicircular stone walls, called “zicos”, are built around every fruit tree or vine to protect them from the climate’s strong winds. It was humbling to see the time and energy that is put into the growth of every single living thing, plants that will then become the food that nourishes our bodies. When we talk skin care we can easily make the connection, the quality of the exterior products we use on our skin is equally important to the things we consume internally. Skincare is unique to every individual but at the core of all our beauty routines, the central similarity, is maintaining adequate hydration!

Cactus is a plant that can grow in these harsh, barren landscapes and does an exceptional job of surviving. They naturally retain much of their water to survive, that is why cacti have such thick skins. Without this very thick membrane, any water, or antioxidants that a cactus would pull from the ground or the small amount of rainwater throughout the year, would evaporate leaving the plant dehydrated and unable to survive. That is why there is a jelly-like substance inside a cactus which contains a concentration of moisture and high levels of antioxidants. They also contain high concentrations of electrolytes that help replace lost electrolytes from the body and aide in retraining moisture in the skin. Their high levels of vitamins E and K also help brighten the skin and maintain hydration throughout the day.

The fruit of nopal cactus, which are the most common in Lanzarote, prickly pears, are full of beta-carotene, potassium and high levels of linoleum acid which can help moisturizes and hydrate the skin. While also brightening skin tones, prickly pear juice is good medicine for the skin!

Fig trees are also abundant on the island and one of my favorite trees and plants to forage in the summer months! If you rub a fig leaf between your fingers you’ll get this amazing aroma of coconut, pea and vanilla. I am addicted to this fragrance! When I am infusing fig leaves, I want to stand in my kitchen for hours until the smell dissipates. We all know of their fruit but don’t think about the beauty and nutritional value of their leaves. Fig leaves are full of potassium and antioxidants.

Lanzarote’s other hydrating fruits are cucumber, papaya and oranges. Cucumbers contain 95% water, papaya carotenoids and lycopene help the skin glow while moisturizing and toning. Orange’s potassium and vitamin C keep the skin moisturized and enhance skin’s clarity. In the depths of the lunar landscapes of Lanzarote I felt quite small but also managed to find my place, as it is at the end of the day, nature’s creation. It made me so grateful for life and reminded me of nature’s power. The important place that water has on the island can also make us realize how important it should be in our own lives and skincare routines.

Stay hydrated!


Kaitlyn @kaitlynreinhart

Three hydrating recipes by Kaitlyn

Grilled nopal with green canary mojo sauce

1 Nopal / cactus paddle

3 springs of mint

3 springs of basil

1/2 small red onion

1/2 green pepper

1/2 hot red pepper

1 garlic clove

Juice of 1 lime

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste

Using a sharpe knife and wearing gloves, hold the nopal by its stem and scrape off its thorns. Rinse and pat dry. Brush olive oil onto the nopal and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill and flip once it is slightly charred. You know they are ready when they are soft and light green. For the mojo sauce, finely dice the red onion, peppers, garlic, basil and mint. Mix together with the lime juice, olive oil and salt to taste.

Fig leaf, cucumber, papaya & orange bites

12 small fig leaves

1 cucumber

1/2 papaya

1 orange

Bring a pot of 500ml of water to a boil. Rinse the fig leaves and remove the stem. Place the fig leaves in water and blanch for three to five minutes until they are soft. Remove 6 leaves and leave and steep the rest for about an hour. Remove the skin of your cucumbers and cut them into sticks about 2inches long. Continue by removing the skin of the papaya and cut them into half moons around the same length as your cucumbers. Supreme your orange. Place one fig leaf flat and align your cucumber, papaya and orange supreme at the bottom half of the leaf. Fold over the top of the leaf to cover the fruits.

Prickly pear, strawberry, chia seeds & fig leaf water infusion

500ml fig leaf infused water

2 tbsp chia seeds

6 prickly pears

12 strawberries

Take the fig water from the fig leaf bites and set it aside. Soak prickly pears in cold water for 1 hour, this will make thorns tender enough that they won’t penetrate the skin. Cut the prickly pears in half and remove the inside flesh with a spoon. In a mixer, mix the flesh of the prickly pears, strawberries and fig water. (You can also do this my hand as I did in Lanzarote but you won’t get as much juice but you will get a workout!). Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Use a wooden spoon and stir vigorously to push the juice through the mesh. Once the seeds are removed, add the chia seeds to the juice. Take your wooden spoon and stir while adding the seeds. If you don’t stir, you will end up with big lumps of gooey seeds. Stir for a minute or so and let sit for 2 hours or overnight, to let the chia seeds soften.

Advice to keep your skin well hydrated