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One of the unfortunate ironies of spending a lot of time outdoors is that, while all around a healthy thing, it can take a toll on your skin. No matter the season or the location, the elements leave their mark over time. The sun can age and damage skin; wind can leave it chapped and dry; and western climates, with a lack of humidity, can remove precious oils from the skin’s surface, leaving it vulnerable. If you spend most of your free time outdoors—and we know you do—you must take your skincare seriously. 

“Year-round priorities for day-to-day skin care for those who spend a good deal of time outdoors include protection from the damaging effects of sun exposure and protection of the skin’s barrier from the effects of climate,” says Peter Young, MD, a dermatologist, and medical director at Facet. “Cold air outside, hot air inside, and dry air throughout can wreak havoc on your skin’s barrier in the winter, and lead to dry, itchy skin.”

At the same time, if you love the outdoors, you want to do your part to keep it healthy. That means seeking out skincare with the environment in mind, too. Products made of clean, nourishing ingredients, free of synthetics, that reduce their impact on the planet are the way to go. Here’s how to ensure you’re not only caring for your outdoors-exposed skin, but incorporating sustainability into your skincare routine, as well.

Think Clean

It’s an unfortunate truth that many of the skincare products on the market contain ingredients you probably don’t want on or in your body. Become a label reader and pay attention to what’s in the formulas you’re considering. Aim for natural, simple ingredients, and avoid synthetics you might commonly encounter, like sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, formaldehyde or alcohol. 

There has been good scientific data in recent years to support the use of natural skincare ingredients,” says Young. “In addition to their role in the management of various dermatologic diseases (e.g., eczema, psoriasis and acne), natural ingredients are also being used for anti-aging purposes and to reduce sun damage. The benefits of these ingredients may include anti-inflammatory and antioxidants effects, as well as collagen …….


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