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Skin Care For Skiers

Lets face it, we're out in the elements with our faces exposed to wind, sun, and cold on a daily basis. Sooner or later we're going to look in the mirror and see the cumulative effects of all our great times on skis marking up our faces like the bunny hill after a "free lessons" promotion. None of us will entirely escape this fate, but we can reduce the damage by taking action as early as we can. This article is for the community to contribute their tried-and-true remedies to keep hardcore skiers from drying up and flaking away before their time.


Mission Skin Care Products were designed by athletes for athletes, including co-founder professional snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler.  


NYSkier55 recommends Keihl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer. "My wife turned me on to it. It is excellent but I only use it in the winter. It has SPF of 15 or 30, I can't remember. I highly recommend it (although it is a little pricey) and it does not crawl into my eyes."

SSH uses Kabana Ski Care items. "Truly 100% natural (unlike many who claim to be) and formulated by a guy here in Boulder. I met Erik some time back, and he's got an interesting story: worked for pharmaceutical companies during his graduate study at Stanford, then started to create his own products when he realized that the natural couldn't be beaten by any of the manmade stuff. Kinda like snow..."





Warmskin, "keeps your skin warm and moisturizes," says pacski.

Trekchick recommends the oil free moisturizer from Dr. Patricia Wexler's line, which is available at Bath and Body Works
Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) are enzymes that affect skin. A few are beneficial but most destroy skin cells. We are exposed to these MMPs through sun exposure, environmental stress, aging, smoking and pollution. The Wexler skin care products feature MMPi*20™ technology, meaning the products combat the 20 MMPs that damage and age your skin. 

This line is designed for use by all skin types. It provides a complete four step skin care system. Step one is a cleanser, which does not dry the skin. Step two is exfoliation to brighten the complexion. This is followed by a regenerating serum which focuses on the signs of aging. The process is completed by a moisturizer that includes an SPF of 30. (Company information)


"Wear it even on those flat light days that we have grown to know and love." Caution: sunscreen is only good for a year, because it breaks down after that and is not as effective. If you have sunscreen that is more than a year old, throw it out.

Walt likes Aloe Gator gel, mainly because it's the one sunscreen I've found that doesn't sting my eyes at the end of the day.
 Crudmeister uses Blue Lizard Face.  It too does not crawl into my eyes at about 2 PM. You can order it directly from Crown Laboratories. 

SuZie Coyote uses Shiseido, a Japanese brand and very pure:

When I first started skiing, I couldn't help but notice the deeply lined faces in the lodges.  It seems the fairer the complexion, the bigger the challenge  I loved skiing, but also wanted to avoid that weather-beaten look in my later years (oh, oh, I'm here already).  I cover my face with as many layers of sunscreen, moisturizer and makeup (OK, for the guys...more moisturizer) as it takes.  My goal is that "apres ski" no one can tell I've skied that day.  If there is any sun or windburn, or goggle outlines, I didn't use enough "stuff" on my face.  I've skied (and played outdoors in all kinds of weather) for nearly 30 years and kept my skin nearly unlined using this method.  The Shiseido products are a little pricey, but even inexpensive moisturizers do the job - for skiing get the thick creams - the "old lady" stuff, even if you are young.  Guys faces are just as vulnerable and I have talked many male skiers into using moisturizers and screens along the way. 

mike_m notes that, "Most sunscreens are formulated for folks to use in the hot summer months. The first ingredient in most is water.  What happens to water when the temperature is below freezing...?  Exactly.  There are some sunscreens that do not contain water and are usually considered a better choice for skiing.  Dermatone with Z-Cote (invisible zinc), SPF 30, is a good choice.  Comes in a white and blue tin and is available in many ski shops.  Apply lots of moisturizer first (preferably on damp skin), give your skin time to absorb it, then apply the suncreen.

 CTKook likes Headhunter products, designed for people who surf every day. 

Comments (2)

Vitamin E caplets or oil, on the skin before exposure, heals and protects
Very glad to find out your skin care and facial products. Next time i am going to try these instead of my stock.
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