Headed North for the Hols? Don't Forget the Right Sunscreen
One of the quickest ways to ruin your holiday vacation is by neglecting your largest organ: your skin. When skiing somewhere fabulous like Aspen, Dr. Carolyn Jacob - a Harvard-trained derm - has these tips to keep you from becoming lobster-like:
WEAR YOUR SUNSCREEN Don't be fooled by the cold or the clouds. Its high altitude has made Colorado the number one state for skin cancers. Use an SPF of at least 30, and look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide - in high concentrations. If you sweat or repeatedly rub your skin, reapply every two to three hours. (one to try: Armada Baby SPF 60 by VMH Hypoallergenics)
"WEAR" YOUR SUNSCREEN Another option is clothing with sun protection already built in. Unlike sunscreen which wears off and needs to be frequently reapplied, sun-protective fabric battles UV rays at the same unchanging rate all day. SunPrecautions has gear for every type of vaca - including super-chic poolside tunics if you're beach-bound - with SPF30 that blocks 97% of UVA and UVB rays. (they also carry hardcore, well-researched sunscreens)
IT'S CHILLY SO CHILL OUT ON SKIN TREATMENTS Facials can strip the skin of its normal oils, making it more prone to windburn or sunburn. The key is to use the right moisturizer, avoid abrasive scrubs, and schedule your winter facial well in advance of your vacation. And listen to your mother already & bundle up!
Dr. Jacob can be reached via ChicagoDermatology.com.
- Lesley Scott
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