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Given the wind, ice, and freezing conditions typically encountered during ski days, it is not unexpected that a more extensive skincare routine is necessary compared to your usual regimen. Get ready for your new ski holiday with products from Steen & Strøm Beauty Hall.
While it's already non-negotiable to use SPF at sea level, it becomes even more critical at high altitudes on the slopes. As per the World Health Organization, with every 3,000 feet increase in altitude, UV levels surge by 10-12 percent. Moreover, fresh snow can reflect as much as 80 percent of the sun's UV rays, causing burning effects that are frequently treated at Kaufmann's spa. To begin your skincare routine, apply a protective layer of antioxidants such as Estée Lauder Advance Night Repair to prevent inflammation and shield your skin from free radicals that cause aging. This is not the time to use lightweight serums, but rather a classic nourishing cream that can moisturize and protect your skin barrier. Afterward, we recommend applying at least SPF30, which should be reapplied throughout the day, preferably every two hours. Keep in mind that the higher your altitude, the higher the SPF you should use.
The wind can make the temperature feel much colder than it really is, which results in the "wind-chill factor." In addition, moisture can evaporate quickly, leaving your skin dry, cracked, and flaky. It's challenging to predict the conditions your skin will face on the slopes because even if the temperature is mild, the wind may still be strong. To ensure your skin is well-protected, it's best to apply a thick layer of nourishment regardless of the conditions. Look for formulas containing shield-like ingredients such as shea butter and jojoba oil, both present in Dr. Barbara Sturm + La Mer Crème de La Mer. This cream also contains edelweiss, known for its ability to protect and prevent broken capillaries. Remember to include your neck and ears when applying the cream.
DON'T FORGET THE LIPS
You likely already know the importance of using sunscreen daily to protect your skin from dark spots, sun damage, signs of aging, and more severe conditions like skin cancer. But there's an area of the face many people fail to think about when it comes to sun protection: lips.
After a day on the slopes, it's crucial to prioritize skincare that strengthens your skin's protective barrier, restores lost moisture, and soothes sensitivity and redness. Even though skin naturally repairs overnight, your products become even more critical. While it may be tempting to take a steaming-hot shower, this can dehydrate and sensitize your skin, leading to itchiness. Instead, opt for cooler water temperatures and focus on restoring moisture with rich textures, hyaluronic acid, and masks. Vitamin B3, or niacinamide, is particularly effective for restoring resilience. Avoid using chemical exfoliators, even gentle ones, as the goal is to build up the skin barrier, not strip it down. Finally, use after-sun or sleep-in masks to reduce inflammation and calm redness. We recommend Sisley's Velvet Sleeping Mask for optimal results.
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