Given that the 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place in South Korea right now, it only makes sense that we shed some light on winter skin tips. These aren’t just any winter skin care tips though. They’re geared towards the athlete that spends their time outdoors training in this winter climate.
Who’s the best person to gather this type of information from? Well, none other than an Olympic silver medalist and world champ, skier Gus Kenworthy. The folks over at GQ recently had a chance to sit down with him in an attempt to gather some pointers related to training in the winter outside.
He shed some light on what helps an athlete keep his or her skin in premium condition. After all, those medal winners need to look good for the photos, right!
The PyeongChang games are tough, but keeping your skin in tip-top shape might be just as tough if not more. Here’s exactly what Gus had to say about is skin saving techniques.
Winter Skin Tips For Outdoor Athletes (According To Gus Kenworthy)
I’m not going to waste any time here. Instead, I’ll get right down to business. Being outside during the winter months can be brutal and training makes it much worse. If you’re not shielding your face, then you’re doing it wrong. According to Gus, “Windburn is a serious problem,” and we couldn’t agree more. It’s windburn that causes the skin to crack and become physically painful. It’s important to protect your skin and if you’re not doing so by shielding it then you’re in for trouble.
Just as important is keeping the skin hydrated. He does this by using Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Moisturizer which contains SPF 15. The sunscreen is a must given that he’s outdoors all day training. If you can find a moisturizer with SPF 30+ then I’d suggest taking that route instead.
That’s not where the buck stops for Gus though. At night, he puts in the work to recover from the daytime environmental element exposure. He does this through the use of La Mer cream. The Rock actually uses this high-end brand too, so you know it works.
Next up, he uses a lip balm which protects his lips from cracking, creating a seal. The product he prefers is Burt’s Bees and a good choice I might add. Gus applies this as necessary throughout the day in order to keep his lips sealed.
If you’re hands and other parts of your body are cracking, then don’t neglect them. Apply some balm to them as well or you’ll be sorry. At least that’s what Gus does. My guess is that he runs through quite a bit of hand balm.
Lots of people leave this next one out but not Gus. If you’re having issues with an itchy scalp, then it’s most likely due to the fact that you have dandruff. It’s a common issue in people at higher elevations and there is a way to treat it. According to GQ, Gus prefers using Head and Shoulders shampoo with the Old Spice Scent.
If you’re skiing all day long or doing something outside, then chances are you’re dealing with feet issues. I’m talking about cracked and callused filled feet. No fun, not at all. Some people take action here and simply apply a product to alleviate the pain and fix things. Not Gus, he chooses to head to the salon for a simple pedicure. Not to mention, it’s quite relaxing.
Most importantly, he puts in the work to stay hydrated all day long. It’s when you stop drinking water that you find yourself in a real pickle. If you’re not drinking water in order to stay hydrated then your largest organ will suffer as a result. I promise you that.
There you have it. Those are the tips for all your winter outdoor athletes!