Skin Safety at High Colorado Altitudes

You hear a lot about how to prevent and combat altitude sickness when heading into high elevations (more than 10,000 feet at Lodge by The Blue), but you don’t hear as much about how to keep your skin healthy and moisturized.

High altitudes and dry conditions can take a toll on your skin as well. In addition to drinking lots of water, going into your mountain vacation armed with these skincare tips will let you focus on fun rather than discomfort.


People associate sunburn with hot climates and beach destinations, but when the climate is exceptionally dry, the sun is more powerful. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases 10–12 percent for every 3,000 feet of elevation. That means you are receiving 30-40 percent more UV radiation in Breckenridge than at the beach so applying sunscreen early and often is a must.

The reflection of the sun off the snow adds to the intensity. Sunglasses will protect your eye area from the sun, and look for natural mineral sunscreen at almost any outdoor gear shop on Main Street.

Moisturizing Mountain-style

The facial moisturizer you use at sea level in more humid conditions probably won’t cut it in the high altitude. Here are some suggestions:

  • Add a serum with hyaluronic acid or lipids under your moisturizer to prevent moisture loss.
  • A light beauty oil on top of your moisturizer will also help seal in hydration.
  • Check out Soothe Spa at Grand Lodge on Peak 7 for oils you can use on your face. A popular option is a squalane oil. Try XTREME! Squalane.

Bring the Eye Cream

The skin around the eyes will dry out even faster than other skin, so bring your moisturizing eye drops and hydrating eye cream. Harmony Health & Wellness Spa on Main Street is a great place to visit and find out what will work best for you.

Close Up Of Woman With Spoonful Of Coconut Oil
Find jars or tubs of coconut oil at your local grocery or health food store.

All-over Care

No matter when you visit, your skin is going to feel the massive loss of moisture. Use a body lotion every day, or try coconut oil, which you can find at the grocery store.

Don’t miss out on a shopping trip to downtown Breckenridge, where you’ll find all kinds of local shops with products designed for the skin challenges that come with mountain life.

Popular brands that carry these specialty products include Peak 10 Skin and Skinnovationz. Buy online before your trip or find both brands locally in Breckenridge.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ – don’t neglect it on your next visit to Lodge by The Blue.

COMMENT: Do you have skincare tips or products for high and dry altitude? Let us know in the comments below.

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Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.