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Skincare for Different Altitudes: A High-Flying Guide to Glowing Skin

Posted by Ellie Swain on Oct 6th 2023

Skincare for Different Altitudes: A High-Flying Guide to Glowing Skin

Whether you love breathing in crisp mountain air or prefer the serenity of the sea, there’s more to altitude than just the view. Surprise, surprise – altitude can play a sassy game with your skin.

From dry mountain peaks to damp, sea-level beaches, let’s dive deep into how to look after your skin, depending on the altitude.

Altitude and Your Skin: What’s the Connection?

First things first, let’s understand the connection. The higher you go, the thinner the air gets. While this might sound like something straight out of a high school physics textbook, it has very real implications for our skin.

Thin air means less oxygen and moisture, and as any skincare guru will tell you, a lack of moisture equals cranky skin. Mountain dwellers and frequent trekkers, you know what we’re talking about. Dry, flaky skin, chapped lips, and increased sensitivity. The mountain life can be breathtakingly beautiful but also... so drying.

Meanwhile, at sea level, the oxygen levels are higher. Humidity is often more generous, making the skin feel more hydrated. But, of course, other issues like excess oiliness and breakouts can come with humidity. Beach babes, it’s not all sun and surf for your skin, is it?

Skincare at Sky-High Altitudes

While majestic mountain landscapes might steal your breath, the thin air up there can be a real party crasher for your skin. But fear not, mountain enthusiasts. Here's how to ensure your skin remains as vibrant as the view.

As we mentioned, the air is drier and thinner at high altitudes, which often translates to thirsty skin. So, that lightweight, gel-based moisturizer you adore wearing in the city might struggle to keep up.

Instead, pamper your skin with a richer, more nourishing cream or ointment. Think of it as wrapping your skin in a cozy, hydrating blanket. The Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance is an excellent, powerful option.

Speaking of moisture, your skin's hydration isn't just about what you apply externally. With the reduced humidity at high altitudes, you might not feel as thirsty, but trust us, your skin is parched. Be sure to drink more water than usual.

Plus, it’s a common misconception that the sun can’t harm you if it's chilly. Wrong. The sun’s UV rays intensify as you ascend. In fact, for every 1,000 feet above sea level, UV exposure increases by about 10%. So, generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and don’t be hesitant about reapplying, especially if you’re sweating or frolicking in the snow.

And remember, your lips are the unsung heroes of your face, braving the elements without much protection. At high altitudes, they're especially vulnerable. Keep them kissably soft with a hydrating lip balm.

With SPF 15, the Jane Iredale LipDrink® Lip Balm is a great option. Plus, you can get it in various shades if you want to glam up on the slopes.

So, the next time you prepare for a mountain adventure, let your skincare ascend. Embrace the elevation, take in the views, and let your skin glow like the morning sun hitting the peaks.

Skincare for the Beach and Beyond

Coastal connoisseurs, we've got you covered. Let's ensure your skin glows just as much as the horizon during sunset.

Unlike our mountain-bound pals, sea-level dwellers have the luxury of humidity, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Embrace the vapor by opting for lightweight, water-based moisturizers. They offer the right amount of hydration without turning your face into a slip 'n slide.

And remember, the sun's rays, combined with reflective ocean water, can be doubly potent. Always, always have your sunscreen applied. Broad-spectrum SPF is your trusty sidekick, not just at the beach but pretty much anywhere. The iS CLINICAL Eclipse SPF 50+ offers excellent coverage.

There's a distinct romance between our skin and the sea air. But, remember, sea air is laden with salt, which can dry the skin. After your beach visit, thoroughly cleanse with a high-quality face wash. This removes salt build-up, helping prevent potential dryness or irritation.

Living at sea level, especially in sunny climes, means your skin is often exposed to UV rays. Be sure to invest in products rich in antioxidants, like vitamin C. These power-packed ingredients act like tiny warriors, combating potential skin damage and keeping your complexion radiant.

Containing highly stable vitamin-c and glycolic acid for dramatically brighter skin in two weeks, consider incorporating the Murad Vita-C Glycolic Serum into your skincare routine.


On the topic of the sea, discover the magical skincare ingredients of the water here.