Fun on the slopes can do the mind and body wonders, but for our skin, not so much. The high altitude, sub-zero temps, harmful UV rays and heat indoors can all take its toll on our skin.
“During harsh weather our skin requires much more moisture to maintain the skins protective barrier,” says New York City-based dermatologist Cheryl Karcher. “The humidity is lower, the cold wind is harsher and sun exposure is more than one thinks.”
Dry, cold climates can do damage to all skin types. Karcher explains that when in cool harsh weather conditions, it’s vital to maintain the skin’s natural moisture protective barrier. “That means protection during the day from the elemen
While some of us are counting the days till spring, many others are still enjoying the last few weeks of winter by hitting the sunny slopes and inhaling the fresh Alpine air. But, all the outdoor fun, severe climate change, indoor heat, frigid temps and air travel comes with dry, chapped, flaky, tight skin, which can disrupt our normal daily skincare regimen.
Prep skin before and after going to extreme climates and high altitudes by moisturizing properly. “A good moisturizer helps to protect the skin from dryness, chapping and weathering, and keeps it smooth, soft and healthy,” says New York-based Board Certified Dermatologist Amy Wechsler. “A moisturizer applied direct