During the fall and winter, even the most cautious outdoor enthusiasts may unknowingly put their skin at risk by leaving it unprotected or under-protected. Cool weather may lull you into thinking that you don’t need sunscreen when, in fact, UV rays are intensified by snow and high altitudes, according to NYC double-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tracy M. Pfeifer. “Snow reflects 80 percent of UV rays and UV intensity increases by 10 percent for every 1,000-foot increase in elevation. In the mountains or snow, skin can burn more severely in even less time,” she says.
Dress in Your Sunscreen
If you’re going to be hitting the slopes, UV Skinz can protect you with apparel and hats that contain SPF protection woven right into the fabric. With an SPF protection of 50+ the versatile Cheryl swim shirt is an all-seasons item that doubles as a zip-on jacket you can use for going from the gym to your outdoor hike and everything in between. Buff Headwear offers a multitude of ‘do rags that shield your sensitive scalp from the sun’s powerful rays. Made in various weights and colors, they can take you from the mountaintops of Aspen to the beaches of Acapulco in style and comfort while hiding any crazy looking hair you may be sporting thanks to your wild adventures.
Give Your Hands Attention
Although many of us are pretty regimented about protecting our facial skin with SPF, it’s pretty common to forget to care for the backs of our hands. The results are lines, wrinkles, dark spots and loss of elasticity over time. Use a hydrating cream with sunscreen like ZO® Skin Health Oraser® Daily Hand Repair SPF 20, which was featured as a Martha Stewart “Martha’s Pick” item in 2011. Slather it on in the morning and reapply throughout the day after washing your hands. It’s formulated with retinol and matrixyl 3000 to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles, plus powerful antioxidants and UVA/UVB blockers stop new dark spots and wrinkles from forming.
Head to Toe Protection
When you are practicing winter sports, you don’t want to mess too much with your makeup but at the same time, don’t want to look like Bigfoot in your forestry snapshots on Facebook. A good way to strike balance and look like a snow bunny stat, is the 5-in-1 tinted skin enhancer Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Face. Using just one easy-to-apply product, you’ll hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify and protect your complexion while leaving it with an airbrushed finish. It’s available in seven different shades so you can find a perfect match. If you’ll be exposing your arms or décolleté get yourself a tube of Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Body, too. Traveling with your man? Don’t forget some Miracle Skin Transformer for Him.
Preventing and Treating the Appearance of Granny Hands
If you are a stickler about your skincare regimen, don’t forget your neck and hands. They’ll show the signs of aging just as much as your delicate facial skin and are a telltale sign of your true age later in life if you don’t care for them as well.
Surgeon Luis Navarro M.D., founder and medical director of The Vein Treatment Center in NYC offers some tips for how you can prevent granny hands, plus how you can reverse the clock if you’ve already got them.
1) Use a gentle soap while washing your hands to protect your skin. Certain soaps can strip oils from your hands, and cause the skin to age much quicker.
2) Wearing gloves while cleaning is also a great preventative measure, as is gently exfoliating with an oil based scrub. This will remove dead skin cells, which produces a younger appearance. Tricia’s Tip: A recent favorite of mine is the Spa Sensuals Hand Scrub from Lamas Beauty.
3) Monitor the dryness of your skin, and use lotions with lactic acids, alpha hydroxyl acids or hydrating urea.
Tricia’s Tip: At bedtime, smooth on some ZO Skin Health Oraser Overnight Hand Recovery onto your hands, wrists and cuticles. While you sleep, the formula of retinol, vitamins C, E and coenzyme Q10 work together to fight uneven texture, lines and pigmentation. Shea butter, hyaluronic filling spheres and meadow foam seed oil provide hydration so your digits will be supple and smooth.
Are you in your 30s, 40s or beyond with signs of aging already sprouting up on your hands? There are both surgical and non-surgical options for hand care and age-reversal, according to Navarro:
As patients age, the youthful appearance of their skin often fades, due to the loss of skin elasticity, water content and subcutaneous fat. Because of these factors and gravity, veins often appear and become more visible on the back of the hand, age spots can pop up, and the hand takes on a bony appearance.
Vein and Spot Erasing
The first step in presenting a youthful appearance is to take care of your newly visible veins. The best and easiest way to go about this is through sclerotherapy, which consists of injecting a chemical solution into the offending veins to shut them down. Your age spots may be easily taken care of with the use of lasers or chemical agents.
If your hands take on a bony appearance, this can be reversed with the injection of chemical fillers (like Restalyn or Selphyl) or fat. There is also a newly-founded procedure in which a patient’s own blood proteins or body fat can be taken out and re-injected under the layers of their skin to reinstate a youthful appearance.