We Coloradan’s are outdoor people. We love being on the slopes, hiking the foothills, and walking on any one of the hundreds of winding paths we have throughout the state. We even love the windy weather—okay, we won’t go that far. But all that outdoor time comes at a price to our skin.
Colorado is one of the worst states in the nation for skin health, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right hydration and SPF protection alongside building up your skin’s integrity with good products, you can protect it from the wind, sun, snow, and other environmental conditions.
Below are our five tips for Colorado skincare.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Colorado is a high desert, and that means one thing—it’s incredibly dry. You’re not going to find much humidity here, which means your skin is going to dry out and crack if you don’t take care of it. The first and most important thing you can do is drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
Drinking water is essential to your health. It aids in digestion, circulation, absorption, excretion, and healthy skin. Remember, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it needs water to function properly. When you stay hydrated, you’ll notice more radiant, healthy, and younger-looking skin that’s more resilient and less prone to wrinkling.
And the good news is that there are more ways to keep your skin hydrated than just drinking water. The outer layer of your skin (epidermis) can absorb moisture through serums, lotions, masques, and more. The key is to choose an effective moisturizer that binds water to your skin and to use it within a few minutes of taking a shower or bath.
Use Sunscreen All the Time
On average, Colorado enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year. On top of that, most of Colorado is at least a mile-high, and that means the sun is even more intense here. For every 1,000 feet of elevation you climb, you experience an 8-10% increase in ultraviolet intensity. So, basically, the sun is 50% more intense here than at the beach. That's a lot of sun, and that can do severe damage to your skin if you don’t protect yourself.
Dermatologists ALWAYS recommend sunscreen regardless of your age, gender, or race. The key is to use a broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 or higher. You also want it to be water-resistant because we sweat, and that shouldn’t leave you vulnerable.
And don’t forget to add an antioxidant serum to your sunscreen as extra protection. It can help prevent sun damage after the SPF wears off.
Repair and Protect with Antioxidants
Speaking of antioxidants, they are great for your skin! The truth is that toxins are everywhere, no matter where you live, but Colorado is even worse. With the large influx of people moving here and tourists visiting, we have more free radicals than most places. The problem is that these free radicals break down healthy cells and can wreak havoc with our skin—even causing premature aging.
By using antioxidants, you can fight this free radical damage by protecting the intracellular signaling pathways involved in skin damage. Antioxidants protect against photodamage, prevent wrinkles, and reduce inflammation. And they’re easy to get.
You can eat a diet rich in antioxidants, or you can use stem cell serums and other products that are packed full of antioxidants. Look for products that contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Baicalin, Ferulic Acid, Carob Extract, and more.
Use the Right Cleanser
It’s dusty in Colorado, so it’s essential to clean your face thoroughly every night. The problem is that some of us tend to go overboard. We think that if a little is good, a lot has to be better, but that’s not the case when it comes to cleansing your skin. Harsh cleansers and cleansing your skin too often can have the opposite effect of what you want.
Instead, you need to use the correct cleanser, so your skin is cleaned without being dried out and the right washing technique:
- Look for a cleanser that mimics the skin’s natural acidity (pH 5.5),
- Use devices like the Foreo, a sonic cleansing tool, to remove more debris and dead skin cells from face and allow deeper penetration of your cleanser without resorting to harsh chemicals,
- Stick to cold or lukewarm water to protect your skin’s natural oils and to avoid dry-out,
- Always apply moisturizer right after washing your face.
Enjoy a Gentle Facial
Even if you do everything right—wear sunscreen every day, always use moisturizer, and are careful washing your face—sometimes your skin still needs a little extra TLC. That’s when you should turn to a professional but gentle facial such as a HydraFacial.
A HydraFacial is a spa day for your skin. It combines gentle cleansing with exfoliation, extraction, hydration (intense moisturizers), and antioxidant/peptide protection—everything your skin needs at once! Immediately after a HydraFacial you’ll notice fewer fine lines, smaller pores, improved acne, and less hyperpigmentation. You just can’t beat a HydraFacial when it comes to improving your skin health in just a few minutes.
Your Skin is Lucky to Live in Colorado
Colorado might be tough on our skin, but we know how lucky we are to live here. And by following just a few tips and treating yourself to a HydraFacial every once in a while, you can improve the overall well-being of your skin: reducing dryness and protecting yourself from wrinkles, sunburn, and more.
Reach out to us today to learn more about what you can do to enjoy beautiful, glowing skin.
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