Checklist for winter skin

We may love winter time skiing, snowboarding and skating but it is important that we remember to protect our skin. If you are spending a lot of time outdoors this winter, we have put together a short checklist for you to help safeguard your skin from the harsh, cold weather.

  • Drink Lots of Water – air travel and outdoor exercise can quickly dehydrate the body, so drinking water is essential to keeping the body’s organs functioning optimally. Drinking 6-8 glasses a day is recommended.
  • Use Skin Moisturisers and Protectants – protect your skin by using a moisturiser to seal in moisture. You can use a household basic like Vaseline Petroleum Jelly to form a barrier between your skin and the elements.
  • Wear Sunscreen SPF 15+ (broad spectrum) – use sunscreen on exposed skin especially when in snow, on ice or at high altitudes – all intensify the power and skin damage of UV rays. Don’t forget to protect your lips too!
  • Wear Sunglasses – the glare of sun off snow causes an increased UV threat to eyes so choose sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays and wear them at all times, whether you’re driving or skiing.
  • Reduce the Number of Warm Baths – hot water strips skin of natural oils and can be extremely drying to the skin so limit the number of hot baths and showers you take.
  • Wear Breathable Fabrics – look for fabrics that “breathe” to help keep sweat and moisture away from skin, since 90% of clothes insulating effectiveness is lost when clothes get wet.

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