Although there is less pollution in the air, the climate of alpine regions can affect the skin. Therefore, there is a behavior to adopt for anyone who lives, works, or vacations in a snowy climate. We reveal here the skincare routine to have for a ski vacation in order to keep your skin healthy in cold weather.
How to take care of your skin while skiing?
- Advice #1: Counteract the dangers of the sun
- Advice #2: Anticipate skin dehydration
- Advice #3: Pay special attention to the lips
- Advice #4: Replenish the hydration lost throughout the day with a facial mask
Advice #1: Counteract the dangers of the sun.
While people are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of ultraviolet radiation in the summer, this is not yet entirely the case in winter. Indeed, with cold temperatures and snow on the ground, it may seem that the risk of sun damage is rather low or even non-existent, but this is not the case. First of all, more UV radiation reaches the Earth's surface in mountainous regions than at sea level, as the atmosphere is thinner at high altitudes. Next, snow strongly reflects UV rays.
Finally, it is important to note that the cloud cover on snowy winter days does not provide sun protection. In fact, up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate the clouds. Consequently, this means that exposed skin is at risk of sunburn and skin damage, especially during outdoor winter activities such as skiing. Therefore, it is recommended to protect yourself from the sun at all times when you are outside in the snow.
Snow can reflect nearly 80% of UV rays, compared to about 10% for water and 15% for sand.
What to do?
Cover all exposed areas of the skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with a minimum SPF of 50 and reapply every two hours for safety.
In addition to UV filters, our sunscreens, for face and/or body, are also enriched with antioxidant agents (karanja oil, limonium extract) and moisturizing elements (aloe vera, hyaluronic acid).
In combination with sunscreen, wearing long clothing (scarf, high-collared jacket, turtleneck sweater, gloves, etc.) as well as a balaclava or a hat that covers the ears.
Seek the shade whenever possible, especially in the middle of the day when UV levels are at their highest.
It is also necessary to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of UV exposure (cataracts, pterygium, photokeratitis, etc.) with sunglasses that comply with the NF EN ISO 12312-1 standard of category 3 or 4, which are perfectly adjusted to ensure that no UV rays penetrate the top, bottom, or sides of the glasses and are equipped with dark lenses effective against glare.
Advice #2: Anticipate skin dehydration.
Windy conditions, arid air, high altitudes, and the cold can negatively impact the skin, leaving it dry, dull, flaky, and visibly irritated (redness) instead of a once healthy and radiant complexion. Hydration then becomes paramount and certain measures can be taken to prevent these aforementioned conditions.
What to do?
Invest in a face cream with nourishing, repairing, and soothing properties, which can be complemented by a serum rich in nourishing squalane if your skin is particularly dry at this time of the year. The same applies to the body, even if it is fully covered.
Do not forget to protect andapply a treatment to the skin around the eyes, which is thin and naturally poorly protected, as cold and wind can also dry out this delicate area.
Apply a hand balm with a rich texture even if you plan on wearing gloves, as your hands can become chapped and painful, especially after a long day of skiing.
Advice #3: Pay special attention to the lips.
The skin of the lips lacks sebaceous glands, thus producing less sebum than the rest of the face, and therefore cannot stay hydrated. However, the lips are subject to the same issues as the face. Cold conditions and high levels of UV radiation can lead to dry, chapped, irritated, and sunburned lips. To avoid damage caused by UV rays and dehydration, it is therefore important to take special care of them.
What to do?
lip balm that is nourishing and broad-spectrum with an SPF 50 . And just like with sun protection, reapply it throughout the day.
Intensely soothe and hydrate the lips at the end of the day by applying a thick layer of a lip mask overnight.
Advice #4: Replenish the hydration lost throughout the day with a facial mask.
As the skin becomes more vulnerable, it is recommended during the winter months and especially during winter sports toapply a night mask with a creamy texture that has a formulation rich in fatty emollients, proteins, etc. This will help restore the skin's water balance, repair damaged skin, and alleviate skin discomfort thanks to its occlusive property that offers an additional benefit. Indeed, the active ingredients will have enough time to be fully absorbed by the skin and have the greatest impact.
PAULIN K. J. & al. Effects of snow cover on UV irradiance and surface albedo: A case study. Journal of Geophysical Research (1998).