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Winter Sports and Your Skin: How to Maintain a Healthy Complexion

Woman wearing ski goggles

You’re probably looking forward to all of those winter sporting activities you have planned over the next few months. Unfortunately, this is something that your skin will be dreading.

Why?

Because the cold weather, combined with UV rays that are more intense at higher altitudes, can really cause havoc to your complexion. Here’s how to keep your skin protected and maintain that beautiful glow, no matter how long you may spend out in the snow.

Cover All Exposed Areas of Skin with Sunscreen

Woman applying cream while outside in snow

Exposing your skin to the sun’s UV rays at a lower altitude is a big no-no, so this becomes even more so if you happen to be skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains. The higher you are, the stronger the sun’s UV rays will be.

Snow and ice also increase UV exposure due to the way in which they reflect UV rays around the environment.

Why does this matter?

Because the sun’s UV rays have a number of damaging effects on the skin, such as:

  • Triggering inflammation, which exacerbates inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and rosacea
  • Increasing premature aging by destroying the protein fibers in the skin, which would have otherwise kept the skin smooth and firm
  • Stimulating the skin into over-producing melanin, which leads to dark spots and discoloration
  • Causing a rough and leathery skin texture
  • Damaging the DNA within skin cells and causing skin cancers to develop

The only way to really protect your skin from all of that is by making sure that you always keep any exposed parts of your skin covered with a sunscreen.

Don’t just roughly slather it on either – pay special attention to make sure that your skin is truly covered. Studies have found that skiers often miss out on 10% of their face when applying sunscreen, leaving them with sunburns and other forms of damage to deal with afterwards.

Some of the often-missed areas that can end up damaged include:

  • The eyelids and around the eyes
  • The nose, especially the bridge and the underside of the nose
  • The neck, especially around the back
  • The underside of the chin
  • The scalp
  • The lips

If you plan on taking breaks in between and exposing your arms or legs to the sun, then make sure to keep these covered in SPF too.

How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen in the Winter?

Ideally, you should be reapplying your sunscreen every two hours. This may seem like a lot, but when you’re active, you sweat more. The sweat will soon render your sunscreen completely ineffective, making regular applications a must.

What’s the Best SPF for Winter Sports?

SPF 30 is usually recommended, because sunscreen efficacy doesn’t really noticeably increase when you go for a higher SPF.

However, although the differences may be tiny, it would be worth going for an SPF 50 if your skin is particularly dry or sensitive. 

Make sure that you go for a broad-spectrum formula. This means that your sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Look After Your Eyes

Woman wearing ski goggles

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate. In some areas, it can be up to ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, leaving it easily vulnerable to damage.

While applying a sunscreen around your eyes is important, this isn’t usually enough to keep the skin looking its best. Plus, it isn’t just your skin that you need to watch out for here – your eyes themselves can end up damaged. Snow blindness, officially known as photokeratitis, is a common problem that many have when spending time outdoors in the winter.

So, what can you do about this?

Invest in a quality pair of winter goggles. They need to offer 100% UV protection, as well as polarized lenses to absorb the glare from the sun. This will save you from needing to squint, which then helps to prevent crow’s feet from forming around your eyes.

The color of lenses you choose should depend on the sport you’re doing and where about in the world you are:

  • Clear lenses are all you need if you plan on skiing or snowboarding at night
  • Rose-colored lenses are great for cloudy or overcast days
  • Yellow lenses help to improve contrast in low-light situations
  • Photochromatic lenses will change color based on external light levels

Sunglasses are a must too, since you won’t want to wear your goggles when you aren’t skiing. Look for a hardy pair that guarantee protection against both UVA and UVB rays. However, while your sunglasses may look more stylish, try to opt for your goggles instead as much as possible. Due to the way in which these wrap around the head, they offer more UV protection.

Even if you wear contact lenses that already offer UV protection, it would still be a good idea to invest in both UV-protecting goggles and sunglasses.

Protect Your Pout

As mentioned, the lips are often an area that many forget about. This leaves them dry, chapped, and uncomfortable after a day out in the snow.

Not only does the cold air outside dry out your lips, but so does breathing through them, which commonly happens when participating in winter sports. If you tend to lick your lips throughout the day, then this isn’t helping either – your saliva contains acids that not only irritate the lips, but remove the natural oils that would have otherwise been protecting the skin here, leaving them even drier.

In order to combat this, you need to be using a lip product that prevents your lips from drying out so much. This means that the formula needs to provide a protective barrier made from either an oil or a wax.

The 24K Renewal Lip Balm is a great formula to go for. It contains a number of different plant waxes and oils that form a physical barrier over the surface of your lips. Some of the key ingredients in this lip balm are:

  • Shea butter
  • Beeswax
  • Mimosa flower wax
  • Avocado oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Castor seed oil
  • Baobab seed oil
  • Mango butter

You will also need to top your lip balm with a layer of sunscreen, and reapply both your lip balm and your sunscreen every couple of hours.

Once you’re done for the day, reapply your lip balm once more. If you’re planning on adding some color to your lips for the evening, make sure that you pick a moisturizing lipstick formula.

Don’t Forget About Your Hands!

Woman applying hand cream with snowy background

While you will probably be wearing gloves for the majority of each day, your hands will still be exposed to the elements whenever you take your gloves off.

In addition to keeping them protected with sunscreen, you should also be giving your hands a little extra TLC in the evenings.

How?

Try the 24K Multi-Vitamin Hand Mask for starters. The plant oils and extracts in this beautifying blend will leave your hands feeling soft and nourished, ready to face the winter weather the next day!

Wear UV-Protective Clothing

Most of the UV-protective clothing options out there are designed for the summer, but there are more and more garments now being created for winter sports, with companies realizing the importance of UV protection in the winter too.

How does UV-protective clothing work?

They’re made with certain techniques and fibers that not only limit the amount of UV rays able to enter into your clothes, and therefore your skin, but they can also block and reflect UV rays, preventing them from coming into contact with you at all.

UV clothing comes with a UPF rating, which stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This basically tells you how much of the sun’s UV rays a certain fabric blocks. For example, a garment with a UPF of 60 allow just 1/60th of UV rays to enter through its fabric.

The higher the UPF rating, the more protection the clothing will give you.

If you don’t want to invest in a whole new wardrobe for your winter sports trip, that’s understandable. Instead, there are certain clothes that you can pack to give yourself some extra UV protection:

  • Choose clothes made from densely woven fibers, rather than a looser weave, as this physically blocks UV rays from penetrating through. Some of the best fabrics are nylon, merino wool, and polyester, while cotton, silk, and acrylic are among the worst.
  • Go for garments that don’t have much of a stretch to them. When fabrics stretch, UV rays pass through the gaps in the fibers.
  • Make sure that your clothes aren’t too worn or faded. This weakens the textiles, making them more susceptible to UV rays.

Stay Hydrated

Woman in snow drinking water from bottle

The winter months can be so drying on your skin, especially if you’re spending lots of time outdoors and in the snow.

While protecting your skin from the outside is important, you also need to turn your attention to staying hydrated from within. A lack of hydration will exacerbate that winter dryness and flakiness, leaving your skin feeling sore and sensitive.

It goes without saying that the best way to keep your body hydrated is to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids. Water is the best, but this doesn’t need to only be plain water. Teas, especially herbal tea, and fruit juices are great for hydration too, while infusing your water with fruit will add some extra flavor, as well as a dose of vitamins and antioxidants.

The food that you eat also helps to keep your body hydrated. Certain foods have a surprisingly high water content, so try to add more of the following into your diet:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Apples

Don’t forget that alcohol and caffeine both have dehydrating effects on the body. If possible, stay away from those coffee breaks in between ski runs, and try to cut back on the amount of alcohol you consume in the evenings.

Be Consistent with Your Skin Care Routine

You probably won’t want to pack all of your skin care products to take with you on your winter trip, but there are some that are essentials.

Your skin needs proper care now more than ever, so make sure that you’ve got everything that you need to give it this.

Wondering what you’ll need?

Some of the must-have’s include:

  • A soothing, antioxidant-rich cleanser
  • A hydrating toner
  • A nourishing serum
  • A moisturizing day cream
  • A skin-repairing night cream
  • A facial oil (if your skin is already on the dry side)
  • A sunscreen

Wondering if you can use a moisturizer that contains SPF, instead of using two separate products?

Yes, but only if you apply enough of it. People tend to skimp out when it comes to using an SPF moisturizer, applying such a light layer that the product doesn’t end up providing the SPF rating printed on the label.

As mentioned, you’ll also need to keep reapplying your sunscreen every couple of hours, which may be more often than you need to reapply your moisturizer. This can sometimes make it more cost-effective to use two separate products, although a moisturizer with SPF is the perfect way to start your day each morning.

Make sure that you stay consistent with your skin care routine. Your skin will need proper attention both mornings and evenings if you want to really protect it from winter damage.

Winter sports are a great way to stay fit and healthy over the colder season, but all of that sun, snow, and wind can really mess with your skin. It’s important to understand the various problems that can be caused, so that you can then equip yourself with all you need to deal with these potential issues in the best way possible. From keeping exposed skin covered with sunscreen to ensuring that your clothes also offer UV protection, following the steps above will ensure that your skin looks and feels its best, no matter what you may be doing this winter.

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BOUNCING BACK FROM WINTER SKIN STRESS

Blonde Woman Applying Skin Care Product

Your skin’s needs change along with the seasons, meaning that now that winter is almost over, you need to begin thinking about transitioning your skin into spring. While there are many ways in which you can help your skin to recover from the stressors of winter, these are some of the easiest, and most effective, methods.

 

A Lighter Moisturizer

In the winter, the air is extremely dry, which is why a thick and greasy moisturizer is essential to keep skin hydrated and protected. However, as spring approaches, the air begins to have more moisture in it, meaning that your thick winter moisturizer will only begin to clog up your pores as the temperatures rise, which is why many people tend to experience breakouts at this time of the year. To prevent this, switch to a lighter moisturizer that will allow your skin to breathe.

 

Frequent Use of SPF

Sun protection is vital throughout the year, but, once spring arrives, people begin to spend more and more time outdoors, meaning that exposure to the sun is increased. This means that you need to be using sun protection more frequently, reapplying it whenever you get wet or sweat. In addition to applying it to your face, as well as other parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun, you should also be using a lip balm that contains SPF, as the skin on the lips is extremely sensitive, and will have dried out significantly over winter.

 

Spring Cleaning

While you may have accumulated a number of skin care products over the past few months, now is the perfect time to go through them all, throwing out products that are past their use by date, or are over six months old. Using expired skin care products can lead to everything from clogged pores to a build-up of bacteria, which is why this is an important task to carry out in the spring.

 

Hydration

One of the main skin issues that arises over winter is dehydration, which is why extra effort needs to be put into hydrating your skin before spring arrives. This should be done from both the inside as well as the outside. Externally, moisturizer, as well as a hydrating serum, is all that you really need, but be sure to apply your moisturizer when your skin is damp rather than dry, so that it has extra moisture to trap into your skin. Internally, you should be drinking plenty of water throughout the day, while also consuming foods that have a high water content, such as fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.

The winter months can really take their toll on your skin, but now that spring is almost here, you need to prepare your skin for the upcoming seasonal transition. While these steps may seem simple, they will help your skin to slowly adjust to the changing temperatures, enabling it to really thrive for the rest of the season.

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SKIN CARE RULES FOR WINTER MONTHS

Woman playing the snow

The cold and dry temperatures of the winter months, coupled with bitter winds, can really take their toll on your skin. If you want your complexion to remain as healthy as possible during this season, make sure that you are following each of these skin care rules.

 

Make Moisturizing a Priority

The lack of moisture in the air during the winter months means that your skin will quickly dry out, which is why you should be making moisturizing a priority. Not only do you need to moisturize more often, but you also need to be using a moisturizer that is rich, thick and designed for your skin type.

 

Daily Cleansing is a Must

If you are someone that sometimes forgets to cleanse in the evenings, this needs to change in the winter months. While cleansing is important throughout the year, cleansing in the winter helps to prep your skin to receive hydration from the products that you subsequently apply. Without cleansing, your serums and moisturizers will not be able to properly penetrate your skin, leaving it susceptible to winter damage.

 

No Long, Hot Showers

While a long, steamy shower may be exceptionally soothing on a cold winter’s day, hot water will quickly dry out your skin, which is not what you need in the dry winter months. To avoid this, keep showers to no longer than ten minutes, and opt for lukewarm, rather than hot, water. You must also remember to moisturize as soon as you step out of the shower, so that your moisturizer can trap in all of the excess water that has remained on your skin.

 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

On an overcast, blustery day, it can be easy to forget to apply sunscreen, but this is something that is still needed, as the sun’s UV rays are just as present in the winter as they are in the summer. Recent studies have shown the incredible way in which the sun’s UVB rays are able to travel through windows, causing an extreme dullness to take over the face with age, making a broad-spectrum sunscreen absolutely necessary every single day.

 

Wear a Lip Balm

Unlike the skin on your face, the skin on your lips does not contain any oil glands, which is why it is so quick to dry out and become chapped. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you use a hydrating lip balm, keeping it with you at all times and re-applying it when necessary.

 

Rather than waiting until the spring to deal with the skin issues that the winter months have caused, following these rules will ensure that your skin remains healthy throughout the season. While you may already follow a few of these, it is essential that you pay attention to all of them, as this is what your skin needs in the winter season.

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COLD WEATHER SKIN CARE ESSENTIALS

Woman Sitting by Window Holding Body Oil

The winter months can be harsh on the skin, but these cold weather skin care essentials will ensure that your skin is able to maintain a healthy state throughout the season. From a moisturizing eye cream to a nourishing body scrub, each of these items are well worth investing in.

Eye Cream 

Even if you are someone that does not usually use an eye cream, this is still a product that is worth giving a go during the winter months. The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, meaning that the harshness of the season can really have an effect here. An eye cream will not only protect and nourish this area, but also keep it moisturized, because, without any oil glands, it is one of the first areas of the face to show the signs of winter dryness.

Body Scrub 

Exfoliation is key during the winter, and while you likely already regularly exfoliate your face, it is important not to forget about your body, even if it is being kept hidden under multiple layers. There are certain ingredients that are extremely beneficial in a cold weather body scrub, from coconut oil, which is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, to sugar, which is a humectant.

Face Mask 

Your skin heals and regenerates while you are asleep, but this is also the time when your skin cells end up losing quite a bit of moisture. While you do not need to use a face mask every night, using this weekly will really enhance your skin, as it will form a permeable seal above its surface, ensuring that all of its ingredients can soak into your skin, nourishing it as you sleep.

Hand Cream 

Your hands experience plenty of wear and tear over the years, and, in the cold weather, they can often end up dry and cracked. A hand cream is essential if you want to prevent this, and should be applied whenever your hands have been washed, ensuring that your skin is still damp when you apply the cream.

The winter months can really take their toll on your skin, which is why you should always up the level of care that you provide it with at this time of the year. From keeping a hydrating hand cream next to all of the taps in your house, to using an overnight face mask on a weekly basis, these items will help to keep your skin looking and feeling its very best.

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PREPARING YOUR SKIN FOR WINTER

Woman hudling up in a sweater

The winter can bring about a wide range of skin issues, from dry patches to itchiness to a pale and sallow complexion. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent this all from happening, allowing your skin to truly thrive amongst the harsh days of winter.

A Richer Moisturizer

While a lighter lotion may have been sufficient during the summer, and even the fall, now is definitely the time to be swapping this out for a richer and thicker moisturizer. Your skin loses much more moisture during these drier months, so it is important for you to be replenishing this as much as possible. Emollients, such as argan oil or jojoba, will add moisture to your skin, while occlusive ingredients, such as shea butter and coconut oil, will really help to lock this moisture in, so products containing a combination of the two are always going to be best.

Regular Skin Treatments

While creams and serums are great for the skin, facial masks are able to penetrate the skin’s layers much more effectively, meaning that their active ingredients will be much more powerful. Using a facial mask once or twice a week will really help to strengthen your skin and improve its protective barrier, enabling it to really defend itself against the harshness of winter. There are facial masks available for just about every skin issue out there, from aging skin to dehydrated skin to oily skin, so be sure to choose one that is designed to bring about the results that you are looking for.

Short, Warm Showers

It is always tempting, especially when it is freezing cold outside, to enjoy a leisurely steaming shower at the end of the day. However, hot water will only strip your skin of its natural oils, which would otherwise be protecting it from the environment around it, making it much more susceptible to damage. To avoid this, shorter showers of no more than ten minutes once a day, using warm rather than hot water, are best.

Resist Those Comfort Foods

Once the colder weather sets in, comfort food becomes much more appealing, but these do not usually contain the nutrients necessary for keeping the skin, and body, healthy during the winter. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an absolute must, with yellow and orange foods being especially beneficial to the skin, as these contain high amounts of vitamin A.

Rather than waiting for the harsh weather to begin having a negative impact on your skin, it is important to begin preparing for this from as early on as possible. From switching to richer creams to finding healthy versions of your favorite winter comfort foods, these tips will help your skin to thrive throughout the cold season.

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WINTER BLISS

Family of Snowmen

How To Use OROGOLD is scheduled to post an article titled “OROGOLD Reveals the Truth About Winter Skin Care”. In this article, OROGOLD Cosmetics discusses some of the main tips and tricks that can help you to look more beautiful and prepare your skin for those countless parties just around the corner. This winter skin care article offers a variety of tips and tricks that specially cater to winter skin and reveals some of the most common myths and facts with regards to winter skin and winter skin care routines.

OROGOLD Store Locator celebrates some of the top winter hotspots around the world this week. One article that we are really excited about is the “Best Winter Hotspots in and around Edinburgh and Glasgow”. This article selects some of the best places for merry making, eating and drinking in and around the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and features the top Christmas markets, boutiques, walks and sights in these two cities.

OROGOLD School is scheduled to publish an article titled “What is The Christmas Spirit?” This article examines a study conducted by Peter Clarke, who conducted a study titled A Measure for Christmas Spirit. This study was also published in the Journal of Consumer Marketing, Volume 24. The entire purpose of his research was to show that Christmas spirit is often shown as the reason behind the generosity, altruism and goodwill that is usually associated with celebrating Christmas.

OROGOLD.com shall be offering readers with an article titled “Keep Skin Healthy All Winter” later on in the week. This article offers you a holistic approach to staying healthy and enjoying flawless looking skin. In this article, OROGOLD shares expert tips on how to ensure that your skin remains hydrated throughout the winter season and helps you tackle the harsh winds, chilly temperatures and dry indoor heat that cause your skin to become dull and dry.

OROGOLD WordPress is slated to publish an article titled “Winter Skin Care Tips”. This exciting article helps you take care of your skin through the harsh weather of winter.

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