by Christina

Skin Care Tips Before You Hit the Slopes

February 14, 2017

WinterSlopesWhile many opt for a tropical getaway when Winter months are in full swing, snow bunnies are busy booking ski trips with their buddies. There’s lots to look forward to – brisk mountain air, fresh powder, and sipping on cocoa. But before you get excited about packing your favorite cold-weather accessories, it’s worth taking a moment to focus on adjusting your beauty routine.

Winter, more specifically skiing conditions submit your skin to a crop of concerns you’ve probably never thought of, like awkward sunburns, frostbite, and extreme dehydration. Editors over at POPSUGAR consulted Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, who offered complexion solutions so you can prepare to hit the slopes with glowing and protected skin.

  • Bring a stronger sunscreen. The closer you get to the mountain’s summit, the more UV you’re actually exposed to. “You get six to eight percent extra UV intensity per every thousand feet, so it’s important to use an SPF of at least 50,” said Dr. Rigel.
  • Apply Vaseline to exposed skin to protect against frostbite. According to Dr. Rigel, Vaseline acts as an insulator, meaning it will keep your body heat trapped behind the balm instead of seeping out through your skin, leaving it at risk.
  • Protect your neck and chin. After slathering on your sunscreen, add an extra layer to this upper part of your body. The sunlight bouncing off the snowy slopes increases your UV exposure by 40%!
  • Don’t forget to drink water! No matter how many times you hear it, it’s worth repeating: consuming plenty of H2O will hydrate your complexion from the inside out.

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