Hitting the Slopes this Spring Break? – Don’t forget the sunblock and moisturizer!

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Outdoor winter sports can be problematic for your skin from both cold and wind exposure as well as UV exposure from the sun. A broad spectrum sunblock is needed even on a cloudy day in the winter. The higher altitude and reflection off the snow increase your risk of excessive sun exposure and sunburn. A sunblock containing zinc is ideal as zinc is a great UVA blocker and is also calming to the skin. Be sure to apply 15 minutes before going out and reapply after sweating or water exposure. Don’t forget to protect your lips with sunblock as well. Elta Sport is the perfect sunblock for skiing and other outdoor activities.

Protect your skin from over-exposure to the cold and wind with barrier type skin creams as well as protective clothing. Healing skin creams are ideal after a day on the slopes. Before your day of skiing begins, apply a barrier type moisturizer such as CeraVe cream, Priori Barrier Cream or Charlotte Skin & Laser private label barrier cream. Ideally these would be used for 1-2 weeks prior to your ski trip for best results. After skiing, apply a thick emollient type moisturizer to your skin. If there is significant dryness, apply to damp skin. A trip to the steam room or nice soak in the tub can also hydrate skin but be sure to moisturize to seal in that hydration immediately after the steam or soak. Ideal products include Elta moisturizer – super smooth and soothing, Skin Ceuticals Hydrabalm – very thick and especially good for the exposed skin of the face, and Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream which contains the restorative and healing thermal spring water as well as copper and zinc. If you have none of these then plain Vaseline or petroleum jelly will also work.

Enjoy the slopes and keep your skin protected and healthy!

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