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How to Protect Your Skin During Winter Sporting Activities

Olympic Beauty: Protect Your Skin During Winter Sporting Activities

The 2010 Winter Olympics commence tonight, and that means we'll be seeing lots of activities over the next two weeks. With over 5,000 athletes participating in the competition, that's a whole lot of skincare needs to consider. So in the spirit of the games, I've gathered together a few ways you can protect your skin from the elements. Whether you're just starting out on the bunny slopes, headed out for a day of snowmobiling, or you're a world class athlete, here are a few different things to consider before you head out. Just keep reading.

  • Drink up: While you might be tempted to party it up with excess alcohol during a weekend skiing trip, think again. Skin is comprised of about 60 percent water, so keep it hydrated and supple by drinking plenty of water. Also, consider using a humidifier at night to add more moisture in the air, particularly if you're in a dry-weather climate. Tip: Avoid hot showers and long soaks in the hot tub, which can actually dry out skin.
  • Climate control: When it comes to body lotions, think emolliency. Kiehl's Imperial Body Balm ($42) and Ole Henriksen Skin Insulator ($35) are specifically formulated to protect skin against harsh weather conditions. As for your face, a rich night cream used during the day instead will provide even more of a barrier to exposed areas.
  • Sun protection: If you're at a higher elevation, the sun's rays and thinner atmosphere can be even more dangerous to your skin. Sunscreen is a must, and there are lots of waterproof (and sweatproof) options, like SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense ($33) or for your face, Kiehl's All-Sport "Non-Freeze" Face Protector SPF 30 ($18.50).
  • Glare up in there: To protect your eyes from a painful sunburn, be sure to wear goggles or sunglasses with both UVA and UVB protection. Again, sunscreen is a must.
  • Getting lippy: For even more sunburn prevention, try a SPF lip balm formulated especially for high endurance activities, like Banana Boat Sport Performance Lip Balm SPF 50 ($3).
  • Burn, baby burn: Perhaps the best protection against windburn is coverage, whether it be a scarf, hat, gloves, or neck warmer. Got sunburn? Check out some tips from Fit to help alleviate the pain.
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