Skincare while heading down the slopes is more important than you know.

’Tis the season of fresh powder calling you to the slopes to ski or snowboard. While the thrill of the downhill rush has us begging for a WinterWonderland, this season can wreak havoc on your winter skin. As the snow transports us to personal freedom, consider these five things to not transform your skin beyond repair this winter.

1. If I Can Offer One Piece of Advice, Always Wear Sunscreen-

Sun Damage. No need to shrug your shoulders or turn your head the other way thinking the sun will not get the best of you as you charge down the mountain. Sun damage causes irreversible damage to the skin. Eighty to ninety percent of all skin damage is due to harmful UV rays. Young, resilient skin does not necessarily show the damage until much later in life when it is harder to repair. Damage from the sun can increase the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. In the heat of the powder moments, it is vital to protect exposed skin against the sun. Your face and ears need protection, use a sunscreen that blocks that harmful rays.

2. Moisturize, Moisturize, and Moisturize –

Dry air, especially in the western region of the United States such as Colorado, Montana, and Utah, will affect your skin. Moisturizer is vital. Nourish your skin to keep it from drying out and becoming flaky and irritated. Dry air can also make your nasal passage inflamed, angry, and dry. When this happens, the moist membranes that protect you from particles, bacteria, dirt, dust, and viruses putting you at potential risk for sickness or infection. Not only the dry skin around your nose, but the missing moisture from your entire body will change the pH of your skin. This change can result in skin problems such as eczema or acne. Moisturizing will also help reduce the appearance of tired eyes, fine lines, and wrinkles.

3. May Your Skin Be Merry and Bright –

Preventing sun damage and keeping your winter skin moisturized is essential, yet so is exfoliating. Exfoliate to not only remove dead skin cells, but also encourage the production of collagen and elastin. As we age, particularly after the age of 30, we stop producing the human growth hormone that is partly responsible for the regeneration of the collagen and elastin. Encouraging production of these is important in restoring and repairing skin.