For whatever elements you face, say no to dry skin in winter.
If you’re an all-weather outdoor girl you will face it all, and no snow or blustery weather will keep you inside. While your body is benefited, your skin will pay the price. You already know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun. But winter weather brings a whole host of other skin issues.
First, let’s talk about cold hands and feet. I have lived in Colorado my entire life and like you, I don’t let anything get in the way of my workouts. However, when I get cold I am miserable. So, I created an outdoor skin care solution for myself, and now I am sharing it with all runners. My new Thermal Relief Lotion is made from essential warming oils, and whole food supplements like Argine and Alapha Lipoic Acid that are known to actually increase blood flow. I put this lotion on my hands, feet and ears about 20 minutes before I venture outside. Of course, I wear gloves, socks, and a hat; they just help keep the warmth in even more.
Second, lets discuss how to protect your face from the sun, snow reflection, water reflection and the wind. If you're outside during the day, you should guard your skin from the wind, sun, and from snow reflection. The risk of sunburn is much greater in the mountains than at sea level because the atmosphere is thinner and less pollution is present to filter out ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Did you know that snow and water can reflect almost 90% of UV radiation? So, UV rays are much more likely to burn areas such as your chin, lips, and under your nose. If you use a moisturizer specially made for athletes, you won't be as likely to sweat it off as you exercise. I have been a nationally board certified traditional naturopath for 13 years so I also know the importance of using healthy ingredients on your skin. Whatever you put on your winter dry skin is absorbed into your blood in 26 seconds, think of that every time you put something on your skin. I have developed a full line of winter skin care just for outdoor skin. I recommend my Conqueror Cream for every outdoor runner because I blended it with natural zinc oxide, carrot oil, and shea butter plus minerals, adaptogen herbs, essential oils, and whole food supplements so it helps you combat whatever elements you face on your run; plus, it supports your skin all day. And it has a tint of mineral color glow in it so you can wear it daily from the trail to town. And don't forget your lips! They'll easily dry out and become terribly chapped by extreme cold and wind. I apply Conqueror Cream every morning, and before every venture to create a buffer. If the air is super crisp you should also wear a face mask or a scarf.
Next, dry chapped lips, and wind burnt cheeks can be the most problematic. First, I recommend you should stop lip licking, and stop using vaseline. Petroleum jelly is made from harmful chemicals, and can create the illusion of moisturized, hydrated skin, all the while suffocating your pores and its water-repellant and not water-soluble. Some over-the-counter moisturizers have petroleum-based ingredients that can further dry your skin in the winter months. Be sure to choose a smart formula that has natural, nourishing ingredients. Go for an oil-based rather than a water-based solution, as it’s more likely to help your skin retain moisture in the winter. I have blended Winks + Kisses a natural lip and eye cream with natural seed oils that moisturize this sensitive skin. And for a bad case of chapped lips, hands, or rosy chapped use X-treme Cream a USDA organic thick moisturizer made with oils and organic beeswax just for the outdoor lover, when you need “something thicker” this is what you need. Plus, the X-treme cream works perfect for an anti-chafing cream also. Also, remember to hydrate from the inside out, drink extra water after your winter runs and add foods high in water content to help hydrate your skin from the inside out. Also, consider taking extra vitamin C and zinc to support the healthy production of collagen and elastin plus an omega-3 supplement, or consume more fatty fish and flaxseed to give your skin the building blocks it needs to appear supple and smooth. Dry skin areas like hands, feet, elbows, and knees have thin skin and tend to lose moisture faster than other areas on the body. Consider slathering on a deep moisturizing balm like X-treme Cream at night, then wear cotton gloves and or socks to seal in the moisture until morning. If dry skin is an issue for you, try a warm shower instead of a hot one. Hot water may feel good, but when you can, particularly when just washing your face or hands, choose lukewarm water to avoid stripping as many natural oils away from the skin. Your skin needs moisture right after you wash. Applying moisture to damp skin helps seal that dampness into the skin, think of a wet sponge soaking up a mess versus a dry sponge. Keep a bottle of X-treme Cream near and use liberally every time you wash.
In addition, do your eyes water and leave dry skin around your eyes? Sunny, or cold days are especially unkind to the delicate skin around our eyes. If you are like me, you wear sunglasses, but just being in dry air can cause your eyes to water, which leads to peeling and chapping of the nearby skin. Since this area is naturally thin and delicate, drying can be extra painful. I recommend you avoid anything that will irritate your eyes while you are sweating. I recommend you use a moisturizer rich in Pumpkin, Marula, and Baobab oils like my Winks+ Kisses eye and lip cream to help keep delicate skin around eyes and on lips looking bright and healthy. And the best benefit is this butter keeps you looking youthful too.And it’s also great for the skin under your nose when you are wiping your nose with your glove.
Last, are active sweating that is good news, did you know that studies show how the act of sweating not only removes impurities from your skin, but can help protect it from bad bacteria’s by secreting its own natural like antibiotics? But, there is bad news being that letting sweat sit on your skin for any prolonged length of time can be problematic if it settles back into your skin. The solution just cleanse your face immediately after any sweaty adventure with something that will pull the sweat out of your pores. I have blended a waterless Carefree Cleanser, its exactly just that, an all in one sweat remover, toner and moisturizer. And it’s a pretty handy 2oz size so it can go with you anywhere. It’s perfect for after a lunch time run when you go because there is daylight and its warmer. Avoid cleansers with glycolic or salicylic acid as these are extremely drying to winter skin (and unhealthy too), switch to a more hydrating version that contains moisturizing ingredients.
So often we forget to help the skin slough off dead cells, particularly on our body and hands. Yet moisture can’t get in if the dead cells are too plentiful. The charcoal in the Mountain Mud Masque helps exfoliate your entire body, follow immediately with moisture (X-treme Cream) to truly see a smoother difference. Charcoal actually lifts out 200 times its weight in impurities like sweat, dirt and grime. I recommend if you are sweating and outside that you use this weekly to keep your skin as healthy as your thighs. And because you are an athlete you have probably heard of probiotics, and you might even take them eternally. You might know probiotics are all about restoring balance and have an anti-inflammatory effect, and can also act as antimicrobials, which can alleviate skin issues. it's all about the "good" bacteria canceling out the “bad”. Probiotics can also be useful for exfoliating and balancing the skin too. You can make a masque at home with yogurt or use my Mountain Mud Masque with probiotics and charcoal on your face and entire body.
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