Get dry skin relief during the bitter winter months with skincare secrets from our favorite snowboarders, skiers, and other pro-athletes bearing the cold
Gretchen Bleiler, 33: Olympic Silver Medalist and Snowboarder in Aspen, CO
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Winter skin secret: Protect your lips! "Mine chap easily, so I use a balm with hydrating coconut oil and SPF. I keep a tube in my pocket, my purse, and my car so it's easier to remember to reapply." Already have chapped Lips? Check out these 7 Secrets to Beautiful Lips.
Must-have winter skin product: Mission Skincare Sweet Vanilla Lip Balmer SPF 15 ($3; amazon.com).
Lel Tone, 44: Free Skier and Avalanche Safety Instructor in Lake Tahoe, CA
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Winter skin secret: Don't skimp on water—or SPF. "The sun is powerful in the winter and it's easy to get dehydrated. I always have water and sunscreen on hand. Once, while mountaineering in Denali, I got burned on my nose and chin from the rays reflecting off the glacier. I'm careful to cover every area now."
Must-have winter skin product: Neutrogena Age Shield + Repair Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 55. This sheer formula won't make your skin look chalky ($11; drugstore.com). In addition to this one, check out The Best Sun Protection Products of 2014.
Morgan Arritola, 28: Member of the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team in Ketchum, ID
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Winter skin secret: Build a barrier. "When the wind is really whipping on the trails, I massage a thick balm onto my nose and cheeks after I apply my face lotion. The extra layer helps lock in moisture and keeps my skin from getting all red and feeling raw. Plus, it contains SPF 23 to fight premature aging."
Must-have winter skin product: Dermatone Skin Protector Pommade ($6; dermatone.com).
Caroline George, 38: Rock and Ice Climber on Eddie Bauer's First Ascent Team in Salt Lake City, UT
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Winter skin secret: Give your skin some TLC. "To help my skin soak up moisture, I steam my face with a warm, wet washcloth once a week. While the heat opens my pores, I use the cloth to slough away the dead layer. Then I spread on a rich night cream."
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Sarah Hughes, 29: Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist in Great Neck, NY
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Winter skin secret: Double up. "I hate how ashy I look when I'm dry, so I've developed a foolproof moisturizing routine. First, I smooth on a body oil when I'm still damp from bathing. Then, I top it with a lotion that has a bit of sparkle in it to give my skin a glow."
Julie Chu, 32: Member of the USA Women's Hockey Team in Fairfield, CT
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Winter skin secret: Shower smart. "A long, hot shower is great for relaxing my muscles after a tough training session, but it can strip my skin of its natural oils. So I limit myself to 15 minutes, shut the bathroom door to trap humidity, and always reach for a moisturizing body wash."
Must-have winter skin product: Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash ($8; olay.com).
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Deena Kastor, 41: Professional Marathon Runner in Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Winter skin secret: Opt for a serum. "I run at an altitude of 8,000 feet—it's cold and windy up there! My face gets very dry, so I use a serum with hyaluronic acid to make sure my skin stays hydrated." And here's Why Staying Hydrated Helps You Stay Gorgeous.
Must-have winter skin product: Epicuren Discovery Moisture Surge Hyaluronic Acid Gel ($28; epicuren.com).
Kaya Turski, 26: Free Skier for Red Bull in Montreal
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Winter skin secret: Go easy on your eyes. "I've noticed the skin around them is thin and delicate and tends to dry out. So I tap on a rich eye cream morning and night—it really helps plump up any little crinkles." More beauty tips: get rid of bags under your eyes.
Must-have winter skin product: Clinique All About Eyes Rich ($31; clinique.com).