Your skin-especially your face-needs extra attention when you ski. The sun may get all the publicity, but the wind is just as damaging. It runs across the skin, removing moisture. And when you're moving at speed, the effect is multiplied. Heading indoors is no solution: Indoor heat usually has a humidity of less than 30 percent, which can be extremely drying to the skin. What can you do to protect yourself? First, apply sunscreen regularly (pulling goggles on and off can wipe it away). Next, stay away from very hot water when you wash your face. "When you're on a ski vacation, wash your face every other day if you can get away with it," says Stephen Pennisi, toxicologist and product safety specialist at the Lanacane Itch Information Center. Use a humidifier in your hotel room. And apply moisturizer in the evening. The best is the unsightly thick, goopy kind that contains an ingredient called Petrolatum. And note: The need to moisturize applies to women and men.
The Mile-High Itch
Most SKI readers have traveled at least once through Denver, Colo., to reach their favorite ski resort. Did you scratch? In 1996, Denver was rated the No. 1 city in the U.S. for dry, itchy winter skin. In fact, 70 percent of Denver's days fell into the "high-concern" category. Six other ski-country gateway cities made the top 10 list: Cheyenne, Wyo., Great Falls, Mont., Albuquerque, N.M.; Cedar City, Utah; Billings, Mont.; and Grand Junction, Colo.