These days moisturizers are packed with all sorts of “extras” from anti-aging serums or peptides to anti-inflammatory emollients and antioxidants. To help choose what’s right for you, consulting a skin aesthetic professional can be very helpful.

To begin, it is paramount to hydrate the skin with a high quality moisturizer, advises Dr. Karen Nern, of Vail Dermatology. And even more important in our altitude and climate is to use a moisturizer with a high performance sunscreen. Skin aesthetics, she believes, begins with proper maintenance and, at the core, is hydration for both men and women. Nern also suggests that the best protection from the damaging sun is to use a moisturizer that includes an SPF of at least 30, then reapplying it every two hours, especially in winter as the Colorado sun, in this altitude, can take it’s toll. Don’t let the cold temps fool you!

Krissy Timlin, an esthetician at the Allegria Spa in the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek adds that it’s also extremely important to hydrate from the inside out. Even more important than water, she says, is to add good fat into one’s diet. To help with hydration – especially in the winter – Timlin recommends including “good” fat in your diet like olive and coconut oils, nuts and fish, like salmon.

Timlin also suggests using a moisturizer that includes hylauronic acid, which supplies moisture to your cells. “When the skin is hydrated, it performs the way it’s supposed to,” Timlin says. “It can repair itself and encourage cell turnover.”

In other words to really enjoy our glorious – but dry – Colorado weather, it’s really a must to eat fish, drink water and moisturize!