Up Your Ski Skincare With These 10 Tips


You may not notice the damage until you are off the slopes, but multiple elements victimize your complexion while you are enjoying alpine recreation. Wind, sun, cold, heat and dryness at high altitude create the perfect situation for chapped, depleted skin.

A 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association study found that sun intensity increases about 6% to 9% for every 1,000 feet of elevation, and sun reflection off the snow increases your UV exposure.

And while sunscreen is essential, you need more for ultimate skin protection. Having grown up in Minnesota and now in Telluride, Colorado, I know people get out and go! Downhill, Nordic and heli-skiing, ice climbing, winter fly fishing, snowshoeing or snowmobile cruising are part of the day.



TELLURIDEglow recovery skincare was formulated precisely for the harsh mountain climate at 9,000ft above sea level. We gratefully embrace resort recreation but the downside is living with ongoing skin challenges. So we take extra care to replenish, nourish, and avoid accelerated aging from skin damage.

START with a cleansing balm or oil-based face wash to avoid stripping the skin and to leave behind a hydrating film instead. We prefer 100% botanical formulas. Organic ingredients are less important in cleansers because they are not leave-on products.

THEN APPLY two essential layers to lubricate your skin with as much moisture as you can to prevent dryness and irritation later. First, pat on a quenching serum—ASPEN DEW Illuminating Essence is loaded with moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and phytoceramides—and top it off with a nourishing organic facial oil with barrier strengthening plant lipids: THE ALPINE Phytonutrient Serum or THE PURIST Delicate Skin Serum both absorb like a dream, are equally high moisture performers, and the 100% whole plant, cold pressed botanicals deliver better skin nutrition with unprocessed, soothing antioxidants that fight photo aging all day long. Both formulated for the harsh alpine climate in Telluride, so they’ve been put to the test.

FINISH with sunscreen. Mineral sunscreens provide a physical barrier and should be applied last. Our favorites include sunscreens without the controversial ingredient Oxybenzone, which is currently under consideration for removal by the FDA. Try a moisturizing sunscreen like Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen broad spectrum, 40 SPF that is water and sweat resistant and includes blue light protection. It’s my personal favorite because there is no tint and the velvety consistency doubles as a primer.

CARRY a portable stick with sunscreen for touch-ups on lips and nose. I like mineral TIZO Tinted Lip Protection with SPF 45 and no Oxybenzone. I recently picked up a complimentary tube of chapstick at a doctor’s office …with Oxybenzone…so you have to be your own expert. And, did you know that chapstick with sunscreen has an expiration date? It’s usually at the bottom of the tube. It may be time for some lip balm purging. 

REFRESH. Not much time between apres ski and dinner? Rub one drop of either Serum between palms and press into the face. 100% of the ingredients have antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties and more so your skin microbes will flourish, even over makeup. Best of all, you’ll see immediate plumpness and dewy glow like you’ve been reading by the fire all day.

SPRITZ. Spritz yourself like a house plant as often as possible. Look for hydrosols that are pure flower distillates like Alteya Organics Bulgarian Rose Water from Costco. It is anti-inflammatory, balancing and one more moisture boost. It’s the real deal – steam distilled from fresh rose petal and not a fragranced or perfumed water, and the price is unbelievable. Note the expiration date because there are no preservatives. 

RECOUP AND RELAX. You may not want to hear this, but it is best to avoid chlorine-filled, skin drying hot tubs. I swear by epsom-salt baths, a private slice of heaven that works miracles to soothe tired muscles and prevent soreness the next day. As tempting as it may sound, don’t get the water too hot, as that alone may be drying. Work up to 2 cups of epson per bath and soak for 20-40 minutes. Sound like a lot? Amazon’s 4 lbs of unscented magnesium sulfate salts can be delivered to your door for $4.49I prefer unscented because added ‘fragrance’ or ‘perfume’ can mean over 200 undisclosed scent chemicals, which may be irritating. Reactions to epsom salt baths may be from the fragrance chemicals, not the salt! You can always add a few drops of essential oil, or for that price you can indulge with a pump of THE ALPINE into the bath for an aromatic botanical getaway with skin benefits.

REPLENISH with a face mask. TellurideGlow’s SNOW ROSE ten minute Recovery Mask with hydrating botanicals includes rose petals and Tremella (snow) mushroom to reveal luminous, soft, dewy and polished skin. Your other products will work better on purified, exfoliated skin. For extra nourishment, add a pump of either serum and follow with the essence and serum. Result? Skin perfection like you’ve stayed in for a day of pampering.

Note: Avoid the combo of epsom salt with mask actives. But if you are not using bath salts, a mask in the tub is the perfect way to relax and remove the mask by exfoliating with wet hands. 

Don’t have ten minutes? Mix mask powder with water for a quick facial scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells. Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion

BEFORE BED:  Use the same two TellurideGlow steps (Essence and one Serum) as the morning ritual, so no need to pack extra products. Just two products, morning and night for everything your complexion needs to defend, recover and radiate.

RETURN home from your shussing like you’ve come from a spa retreat. If you are new to TellurideGlow, you can try our beautiful gift box of minis with all four products for the full spa experience, or take along a box for travel.

That’s OK. No complaints yet about more beautiful skin.

The Mini Box is a beautiful Spa in a Box and makes a thoughtful gift at $60

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