In addition to being the month when skiing starts in earnest in North America, November is also National Healthy Skin Month.
As skiers and riders, we spend a lot of time outdoors in winter. While some people worry about sunburn during summer, we have to think about windburn, cold exposure and sun all winter long.
Our skin can take a beating. And no one wants to end up looking old before their time, just because they ski.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Mark Jackson, a dermatologist and skin care expert about taking care of skin during winter. Dr. Jackson specializes in treating a condition called rosacea, which is sometimes mistaken for sunburn or windburn.
We talked a bit about rosacea and treatments, but more generally about taking care of your skin when skiing, and how to keep your hands and feet moisturized during these cold months.
His take away tip: SPF every day, before you go outside. And when you’re skiing, use a cream based moisturizer with at least SPF 30.
And if the redness doesn’t go away over time, see your dermatologist. In fact, you should check in with your dermatologist at least once a year for a full skin exam.
For more tips, you can watch this short video of our interview. Cheers!
Thank you to Dr. Mark Jackson for talking with me about winter time skin care.
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