Skin care

Skin Care Treatment for People Living in High Altitude

young woman with backpack hiking during autumn
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Living in Longmont you get some great views of the Front Range, but this should serve as a reminder that great facial and skin care needs to be on your mind. At this altitude (Longmont is just about 5,000 feet above sea level) you may notice that your skin gets dry, taut and even uncomfortable. The only solution is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Your skin wants to produce your face’s natural oil, but the altitude and sun do their best to counteract your natural defenses. You need a specifically-designed product to avoid the problems that come with living not only at altitude, but with 300-plus days of sunshine, too.

For real relief that will provide you with years of younger, healthier skin, follow these simple tips:

Regular Exfoliation & Facials

Harsh outdoor conditions may leave skin dry and chapped, and I have years of experience in treating sun- and altitude-damaged skin. Exfoliate by using an exfoliating cream once a week. Do not use exfoliants on your face that are designed for your body. You’ll need an amount about the size of a quarter… rub it into your wet skin in small circular motions, focusing on the areas that are the driest like the cheeks and forehead. Rinse your face well with cool/warm water. Never use hot water on your face. High altitude living is dry enough without drying skin out further with hot water.

Use a facial moisturizer that contains an SPF

I have a variety for you to try out, if you’re looking for a high quality one. UV rays are especially ferocious at high altitudes so your skin absolutely needs added protection that comes with using daily moisturizers that contain this important protectant. Wherever possible, replace plain lip balm and makeup with products enhanced with SPF. Protecting skin from the sun’s rays will keep it moisturized and supple, and a good SPF product will also shield skin from wind and cold weather burns on the face.

Nightly Moisture

Wearing a deep moisturizer under makeup is not practical of course. Makeup can feel as if it is sliding off your face or at the least leave you feeling greasy. But at night, when the make-up comes off, use an oil-free moisturizer that contains lipids. Lipids are easily absorbed by the skin making skin feel supple. Choose a moisturizer that is fragrance free and gentle on your skin, but that has deep cleansing properties as well.

Drink Water

Perhaps the simplest thing you can do to protect your skin is to drink water! Drinking water keeps skin hydrated just as it keeps your organs and brain functioning. Your skin is a living body organ that can heal itself if properly hydrated. Drink as much fresh water every day as you can to combat dryness and tightness. It will help to heal you from the outside-in!

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