Winter Skin Tips for Being in the Mountains

If you’re planning a trip to the mountains this winter, you’re more than likely to fill your suitcase with heavy coats, thick scarves and lots of sweaters and leggings to keep yourself warm. But when you’re packing for your mountain getaway, don’t forget to plan for protecting your skin from the drier climate.

To help, we talked to Rikki Eymann, a snowboarder and esthetician from Alpine Spa & Salon in Breckenridge, Colorado, to find out how to prep your skin for high altitudes. Read on for some of her best dry climate skin tips:

Winter Skin Care

Q: What’s your skin routine like during the winter when you’re out on the slopes all day?

Eymann: I moisturize! I use a hydrating milk cleanser morning and night. Then I use a Vital C Serum and Rosehip Oil, which can help hydrate and promote anti-aging. For my moisturizer, I use a cream that has aloe as an ingredient to help smooth and hydrate. And of course, lots of SPF!

Q: How do you keep your skin hydrated in the mountain air?

Eymann: You definitely need to moisturize more in the mountains than you would at sea level. I mix a few drops of Hyaluronic Acid with my moisturizer everyday. It’s been proven to be one of the most powerful natural moisturizer ingredients with its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water.

Q: Do you ever have a hard time remembering sunscreen? It seems like it'd be less top of mind on a mountain than on a beach!

Eymann: Of course! I always try my best to remember. The sun is the main risk factor for premature skin aging, skin damage, and skin cancer. At an elevation of 9,600 feet, the sun is much stronger, so it’s important to apply and reapply every two hours. You need to find an SPF that you enjoy putting on your skin – one that is broad spectrum and contains ingredients that can help improve your skin. I put sample sizes in my jacket so I always have some on hand!

Q: What about windburn? Do you have any beauty remedies for treating or preventing it?

Eymann: I always try and cover up. I wear goggles and a buff to protect my face while I’m on the mountain. I also always have my Neroli Oil face mist to help soothe and moisturize my skin!

Q: We have to ask about chapped lips! How do you keep yours smooth?

Eymann: It's so dry up here in the mountains, so chapped lips are inevitable. Instead of buying the classic Chap Stick brand, I look for brands that contain oils like peppermint that can help!

Start planning your winter mountain getaway.

*The recommendations and opinions expressed in this post are those of Rikki Eymann. Wyndham Vacation Rentals does not endorse any of the products or recommendations described or mentioned.