Winter has arrived and with the cold weather it’s important to give your skin the extra attention it needs. Your skin is actually the largest organ on your entire body, so it’s vital to honor the integrity and function of such an amazing aspect of our being. Living or even visiting our dry, cold climate can wreak havoc. In my years as a professional athlete living in winter conditions 9-10 months of the year and later working as an aesthetician, I have learned the importance of taking care of my skin. Whether you are out on the slopes or just lounging about there are some key elements to keeping your skin healthy.

Hydration:
This is probably the most important element of overall health and well-being. Not just for your skin, but for your entire body. The dry climate saps your body of its water. Dehydration causes many ailments including headaches, muscle stiffness and dry skin. A good rule of thumb is to drink as many ounces of water as half your body weight. Your skin will thank you!

Vitamin C Serum:
Vitamin C is a natural antioxident which helps fight against free radicals and aging. Living in the elements, our skin is exposed to sun, wind and cold which can cause quite a bit of damage. Applying vitamin C serum gives your skin the added protection it needs while fighting the harmful effects of our environment.

Sunscreen:
This is crucial in protecting your skin from aging and the harmful effects of the sun. Whether it’s a bright, sunny day or slightly overcast, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen everyday. Snow actually reflects the sun’s rays which can amplify the rays. Look for any broad spectrum sunscreen as this protects you against both UVA and UVB rays and opt for SPF 30 or more. Finally, you will want to reapply your sunscreen every 60-80 minutes as it loses it’s effectiveness.

Moisturizer:
Don’t be afraid to lather your body up with some added moisturizer! This helps keep your skin’s natural barrier intact. Using some kind of lotion or cream immediately after showering helps “lock” in the moisture. Look for creams or lotions without alcohol and heavy fragrance as this actually dries out your skin. I’m a huge fan of anything with hyaluronic acid (HA) as it is actually the key molecule involved in your skin’s moisture and has the unique capacity in retaining water.

 

Cheers to healthy, happy skin!

-Caroline