Skin Care for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Are you a water or a mountain junkie? There are an endless number of outdoor sports and activities: mountain biking, windsurfing, trail running, hiking, skiing, backpacking… And they’re not limited to a season. So if you’re planning on hitting the slopes this winter or are trying to recover from a summer packed with outdoor excursions, take the time to provide the proper care for your skin.

The wind and sun are harsh on the body. Even the UV rays from an overcast sky on a frigid day in January can wreak havoc on the skin, and the most gentle of breezes can quickly dry it out, causing painful chapping. The solution?

1. Avoid exfoliants. We know, we know. We just told you that exfoliating once a week can be very beneficial to your skin. However, exfoliating skin that has been exposed to excessive amounts of sun and wind can damage the cells. So if you’re suffering from a bout of dryness, wait until your skin is rehydrated before introducing exfoliation back into your regimen.

2. Avoid the light! Keep your skin covered! Cover as much of your skin with clothing to avoid unnecessary exposure. For those areas that can’t be covered apply sunscreen, then reapply sunscreen, then repeat. This can’t be emphasized enough. It’s crucial to protect the skin from harmful, cancer-causing UV rays. In case the risk of cancer isn’t enough of an incentive, unsightly sunspots, discoloration, and premature wrinkles are other results of skipping the SPF.

3. Clean it. The amount of sweat, grime, and dirt that builds up on the skin during a day of outdoor activity is excessive, and it quickly clogs up the pores. Make sure to wash up after every workout or day spent in the great outdoors.

The gentle face washes by John Master’s Organics work to remove the grime buildup and thoroughly cleanse the skin of outdoor adventurers. Meanwhile, IMAGE Skincare’s Vital C line offers products that effectively restore skin that has been damaged by the sun and wind. The Hydrating Enzyme Masque and the Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum work together to nourish and revive the complexion, thus preparing it for another exciting day in the wild.