Defeat those winter blues by staying active! There are plenty of options when it comes to winter sports, and it’s certain that you'll be able to find at least one that suits you the best. Some of the most common outdoor activities include: snowboarding, skiing and ice skating. We've gathered information on how these sports affect the body and skin, and how you can prevent potential damages from these activities by purchasing good quality gear.
Effects on the Body
If you're unfamiliar with the term winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder, it is essentially your body's response to the reduced sunlight that occurs during winter season. As a result, you are likely to feel depressed and lethargic. Staying active allows your body to release natural endorphins, which ultimately combats any signs of winter blues.
Winter sports help keep you fit and toned as well. Snowboarding, skiing and ice skating help build muscle in your legs. In addition, skiing and ice skating are great ways to get your blood pumping since they are both forms of cardio workout.
Skincare Damage and Prevention
Going down hills and slopes at 20mph can definitely have an effect on your skin, even more so in combination with wind chill. Do your best this winter to prevent any sort of damage to your skin by keeping a humidifier in your house, especially in your room when you sleep. In addition, just because you may not see the sun, it does not mean that you can skip out on your SPF. Try using the Clarins-UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen for a lighter coverage. If you're too busy out and about to reapply a moisturizer or cream, make sure you carry a facial mist. The Rosewater Balancing Mist by Jurlique is an ideal option to keep your skin hydrated.
Make sure that you have the appropriate winter accessories before you go snowboarding, skiing and ice skating! Ski goggles are a definite must. The OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles are gender neutral and protect your eyes from UV damage. Keep your skin further protected by wearing a heavy-duty ski mask. The Balaclava Face Mask is comfortable and it helps shield your skin when you're speeding down those slopes.
Edited by ISABEL JÄRNSTRÖM
Visual editor IVAN GUERRERO