While your body is reaping the benefits of winter sports, your skin may be paying the price. Here are some tips to prevent dry and chapped skin so you can explore the outdoors in peace this season because let's be honest, it is gorgeous in the PNW!
Cooler temps and darker skies can lead you to believe the sun isn't as damaging this time of year. Don't be fooled, UV rays are still out to get you and can be extra damaging when reflected off that beautiful blanket of snow and potentially higher altitudes. Applying Circadia's Light Day Sunscreen SPF 45 and keeping a mineral SPF (my favorite is Brush on Block) with you can be a real skin saver in these conditions.
Considering windburn can affect any exposed skin, the best solution is to cover up. Simply put, dress like a ninja. A breathable face and neck cover that goes from neck to right below eyes and proper hat to protect forehead is your best bet. Pair this with a nice pair of polarized sunglasses or goggles and you are good to go!
Even though you may not be sweating as much in winter workouts, the air is much drier inside (with heaters on) and outdoors (with freezing temps). Don't let the cooler temps trick you into ignoring your need for fluids. Your skin needs water and oil to ensure a properly functioning barrier. Drink your water and eat lots of Omega-3s to create proper skin health from the inside out.
Bump Up Your Moisturizer:
As many of you already know, it is important to change your routine with the seasons. The moisturizer that you love in the summer is usually not enough in the winter. Along with the proper moisturizer, when you are going to be outside for extended periods adding a balm or oil is essential as well. I love the Tu'el Detox Essential Oil for more acne-prone skin types or Circadia's Hydralox for more lipid-dry skin. Don't forget the eye area in this routine either, with Tu'els Eye Revive Tri-Complex Firming Peptide Cream you will be covered.
Now get out and explore this beautiful time of year!