The Skin Edit is talking all things sun, ski, skincare and how to keep your skin happy on the pistes.
Snow sprinkled trees, pristine white peaks, ultra-cool hotels and the playground of the beautiful. Ski season is upon us. But whilst spending time away from the 9-5 is wonderful for our wellbeing, have you considered what switching from the great British indoors for the Alps can do to your skin?
High elevation destinations can cause noticeable differences in your skin within hours of arrival. Oxygen levels lower as you increase in altitude and the sun is more powerful, even when you can’t see it. This leads to the risk of severe-dryness, windburn and sun damage.
Fun in the Sun: The Importance of SPF
For every 1,000ft you travel above sea-level, your risk of exposure to UV rises. The importance of using an SPF is well documented; the team at Lesley Leale-Green and The Skin Edit will happily wax lyrical to our clients about the importance ofwearing an SPF on an hourly basis. In a high-altitude ski environment, using sunscreens which contain a mix of physical filters such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can offer strong protection (in conjunction with regular reapplication) against sunburn. These photostable ingredients help reflect the sun’s radiation away from the skin but don’t cause heat within skin and clog pores as you build-up a sweat on the slopes. Physical filters such as these, are also less irritating to the skin than chemical sunscreens and are therefore more suitable to skins which are prone to sensitivity and irritation.
” Adopt an SPF in your routine which provides protection from UVA and UVB exposures”
Lifes a Breeze: Treating Windburn
Whilst those who suffer with irritated and sensitive skins are always thinking of ways to protect themselves in changing climates, even those whose skins are normally ‘happy’ can be prone to redness, irritation and dryness whilst cruising down the mountains. Windburn is a common contributing factor to these concerns and can also be accompanied by a burning sensation and flaking of the skin. Whilst simple solutions can be sought including coveri
ng your face and hands whilst skiing, it is important to give your skin the best protection-barrier you can before you head out for the day. Rich, hydrating creams and serums can be employed to give your skin much needed moisture. Guinot’s Creme Hydra Summum, utilises the unique ‘Aquasilanol’ hydration complex to create a barrier to prevent evaporation and bind water to the skin.
If you do suffer from windburn, treat your skin gently. Apply a small amount of Guinot’s Longue Vie Cellulaire. Originally formulated for use within a burns unit, in a French hospital, to reconstitute skin, this creams nourishing and skin-repairing abilities is incomparable.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Treating Dry Skin
Whilst your mind is rightly focused on the fact that you are some 5,700ft above sea-level, breezing down the slopes in the ‘Three Valleys’, your skin is taking the hard brunt of your break. Severe dryness is one factor of a daily dose of skiing. Mountain air is dry and your skin will have no way to replace the moisture lost; simple counter-top moisturisers will not keep your skin effectively hydrated. Instead consider layering your skincare prior to going out for the day. By layering your skincare you are helping to effectively lock in all the moisture and much needed vitamins and ingredients your skin eagerly craves in these conditions.
“Mountain air is dry and your skin will have no way to replace the moisture lost. Consider layering your skincare prior to a day on the slopes”.
Starting the layering process with serums and face oils which contain ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid can hold x1000 its weight in water and face oils which contain essential oils of rose, patchouli or coconut help seal in moisture without clogging pores and preventing the skin from breathing. The Skin Edit loves Environ’s HA Intensive Hydrating Serum. Packed with a high concentration of Hyaluronic acid, the moisture binding characteristic of this special molecule helps to improve the appearance of dehydration and leaves skin more resilient to the deceptive mountain climate.
At the end of your skication, the lack of oxygen can leave skin looking dull and lifeless. The timeless advice of drinking plenty of water is an obvious self-help tool. But, its also important to use products that targeted localised areas such as the eye. The eye area is where the skin is at its thinnest and will show the most signs of ageing and photo-damage.
Consider scheduling a professional facial on your return to treat the lack of oxygen and radiance. Gentle exfoliation will effectively remove any dead skin cells and allow moisture to reach the lower layers of the dermis; eliminating dryness and helping you regain your glow. Elemis’ BIOTEC facials combine five technologies in one treatment; harnessing the power of pure oxygen and red LED light therapy to improve the skin’s ability to repair and replenish itself.
The Skin Edit Recommends:
1. Medik8 Physical Sunscreen SPF30 90ml 2. Guinot Creme Hydra Summum 50ml 3. Guinot Longue Vie Cellulaire 50ml 4. Environ HA Intensive Hydrating Serum 5. Aromatherapy Associates Fine Line Face Oil 15ml