Protecting your skin is especially important during the winter months. The colder, drier weather can often play havoc on our otherwise healthy skin.

At higher altitudes, you definitely need proper sun protection. A moisturizing UV sunscreen is the way to go if you are planning on being outdoors for any length of time. If you do happen to get a sunburn, a good solution is a natural herbal salve that is designed to pull the heat out, as well as to start the healing process of the damaged skin cells.

At higher, drier elevations, your skin can become dry and dehydrated. It is important to understand dry skin, what it is, and how to remedy it, in order to avoid any possible discomfort.

Using grain soaps and finely ground salt scrubs to gently exfoliate the skin are excellent ways to get rid of dry skin. This type of exfoliation will also leave the skin smooth and ready to be moisturized. To provide that moisture, use natural lotions that will absorb easily into the skin to provide oil to the deeper layers, as well as moisturizing the younger cells of the skin. During the summer months, you may want to spritz your skin with herbal water to add moisture to the skin.

To help heal dry skin from climate changes and the sun’s rays, make sure to use soaps and lotions that contain Vitamin E, aloe vera, and beta carotene.

Finally, proper overall body hydration is very important at high altitudes. Water is vital to your energy, metabolism, controlling your core and body temperatures, as well as maintaining good skin hydration.

At higher altitudes, you will tend to loose a good amount of fluids through perspiration and evaporation of moisture from the lungs during strenuous activities such as skiing and snowboarding. In fact, you can lose up to five quarts of moisture or more a day.

Make sure that you are consistently replacing any lost moisture by properly hydrating. Drink plenty of water during the day, especially if you are out enjoying the great outdoors! Your body and your skin will definitely benefit!

Finally, if you are looking for some pampering that will help you keep your skin healthy and hydrated, there are several great area spas and stores that carry products or offer services that will keep you looking and feeling great!