That Rocky Mountain High is very real…and after just a few short hours on the mountain, your skin will surely begin to feel it. The harsh weathers, low humidity levels and increased UV exposure experienced at high altitude levels can cause skin problems like extreme dryness and sunburns. But not to worry - all this means is your skincare routine will require some tweaking before your next ski trip. Here is Salt+Snow’s advice on high-altitude skin care.
Use a gentle cleanser to wash your face. If exfoliating isn’t already a part of your skincare routine, we recommend using a gentle exfoliator at least once a week. Exfoliating will work into your pores for a deeper clean and smoothen your skin.
A great face serum will help nourish and hydrate your skin. After cleansing your face, apply a layer of hydrating serum to your face. Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic Acid are ingredients often found in hydrating serums. Vitamin C serums are a great item to consider adding to your routine, as it is effective in protecting damage caused by UV exposure.
The low humidity will have your skin drying out much faster, so consider switching to a thicker moisturizer for both your face and body. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid and dimethicone when shopping for lotions.
Make sure to continuously apply sunscreen on your face and neck throughout the day. You should use a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. We find it helpful to keep a small bottle/face stick in a ski jacket pocket!
Other Tips for High-Altitude Skin Care
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day - aim for 64 oz!
- Avoid taking long, hot showers that will dry out your skin
- Sleep with a humidifier
- Use chapstick with SPF