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High-Altitude Skincare Tips


8,000 feet of elevation is no joke. Obvi, but true. I was in Colorado this weekend for a wedding and in addition to wheezing up every set of stairs, I also got a serious case of high-altitude skin. Desiccated, flaky, wind-burned, and sensitive — not so pretty. Luckily, I had the chance to visit the lovely Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, where I landed in the exceedingly capable hands of esthetician Victoria Mastrogiovanni. Not only did the 11-year spa veteran revive my skin with a mix of SkinCeuticals and Epicuren hydrating products, she also gave me her high-altitude skincare secrets.

Brush, don’t scrub: Instead of sloughing away dry skin, Mastrogiovanni uses a Clarisonic face brush to cleanse every other evening. She says it’s much better at removing makeup and keeps skin fresh.

Layer on the moisture: Don’t just slather on the thickest cream you can find. Mastrogiovanni says it’s more effective to apply layers of hydration, even though “it’s annoying because it’s more steps.” Our go-to choice? Caldrea’s nourishing body lotion.The lightweight formula comes in three signature scents, while plant-based botanical increase elasticity and hydration.

Invest in a superhero gel: Hyaluronic gels boost your skincare products and helps the moisture bind with cells instead of sitting right on top of the skin.

Mastrogiovanni’s routine: Cleanse skin with a Clarisonic brush every other night. Use a hydrating toner like SkinCeuticals Revitalizing Toner, followed by a nutritive serum like SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF and Hydrating B5 Gel. Finish with moisturizer with SPF.

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