Winters in the high country can wreak havoc on your skin. When I first moved from sea level to Summit County, I had no idea how to protect my skin from all sorts of awful damage. Luckily, I was able to get in with an esthetician right away, and she taught me some very valuable tips. So, I thought I’d share Mychelle Dermaceutical’s top five tips on keeping your skin radiant during the winter at altitude. 1) SUNSCREEN! Remember that song made from a graduation speech that said, “And trust me on the sunscreen” while talking about the future? Well, it’s true. Sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin in the high country. I mean, think about it: We’re nearly two miles closer to the sun here, and the air is so thin. And, since sunscreen provides moisture too, it’s a win-win. A 50 spf for faces is your best bet. 2) Take warm showers, not hot showers. I know this one is kind of weird, but I had no idea how important it was. Steaming hot water brings out the natural oils in your skin, and then your soap strips those oils from your body. So what you are left with is dry, dull, and flaky skin. Gross! I know it’s hard to resist a super-hot shower after a cold day on the slopes, but trust me, your skin will thank you for it. 3) Vitamin C. We all know that vitamin C helps build our immunity against germs and things like the common cold. But did you know that it also increases radiant skin and improves overall skin luminosity? As Mychelle tells me, it will “lighten, brighten and tighten” your skin. It’s the perfect tool, as it works for any skin tone and any age! 4) DRINK WATER! Hydrating your skin is one of the absolute best things you can do to make it through the winter. Up in the high country, the air is super thin and dry, and it will literally suck all of the moisture out of your skin. This loss of moisture will cause your skin to be dehydrated, red, and inflamed. To avoid this, drink plenty of water; water can also help flush out any toxins that your skin is holding. 5. Exfoliate. One of the biggest threats your skin faces is a buildup of dead skins cells. Exfoliating will help remove the dry, dead skin cells, and make hydrating more effective. So, go to the local drugstore and pick up some sort of scrubbing exfoliator. I promise you’ll never look back after using it! I know all of these tips seem like “no brainers,” but if you’re anything like me, you might have never known how important they are. Most of all, each one is simple and easy! So, take the time and follow each step. I promise these tips will make your skin look like you live at a spa — freshly hydrated with a glowing complexion!