Skincare in Colorado is complex. With an elevation of 5,280 ft., Denver skincare is a beautiful challenge; combining high elevation, arid desert climates and over 300 days of sunshine, your skin could be defeated. Below are some tips (most you've heard from us before, but it's because they are important for healthy skin).
Here are some tips to battle the challenges of high altitude skincare:
- Suncreen is your friend: Colorado is called the Sunshine State because it's constantly sunny, with an average of 300 sunny days a year. However, all of the glorious rays can be dangerous, UV rays are bad news for your skin. UVA rays are not only harmful but also very powerful. UVA rays can travel through windows of your office, car and home. Even if your weekday routine has you leaving for the office at dawn and returning home at dusk, sun protection is vital to any Colorado skincare regiment. Don't forget your lips. Your lips along with your eye area have some of the thinnest skin on the body and need extra protection when basking in Colorado sunshine.
- Drink more water: Drinking water helps to maintain elasticity in your skin. Giving your face increased mobility so when you smile and move in repetition, you are less likely to create permanent wrinkles. Ditching the straw for a regular glass whenever possible is a great option as well. Pursing your lips over time can create wrinkles around your mouth and accentuate existing lines.
- Brush, don't scrub: When trying to get off last nights amazing makeup, scrubbing can be a harsh and tedious process. Use a face brush to cleanse skin every other day. Brushes are much better at removing makeup and less damaging on your skin. They also help to keep skin looking fresh and supple.
- When in doubt, moisturize: The best way to help wounds heal is to keep them moisturized. Sun damage is the same idea. When our skin burns or needs healing, reaching for a moisturizing lotion will help. Look for lotions containing Shea butter, glycerin or other hydrators to help your skin repair more effectively. Keeping your skin moisturized helps prevent the signs of aging, fills in fine lines and give your skin a temporary plump effect for a natural glow. Don't feel like you have to slather up. Moisturizing in layers is more effective, especially in high altitude climates. We recommend Extreme Barrier Cream ( $48 for 6.8 oz.) and Intensive Nourishing Cream ($108 for 1.7 oz).