How to Deal With the High Altitude and Dry Climate of Denver

admin December 4, 2010 0

Living in a dry climate as is the case in Denver can dry your skin out during the winter (or summer for that matter.)  It can also dry out your hair and nasal passages.  Your furnace can add to the dryness of  the already dry air in your indoor environment.  One way to keep your skin from being too dry is to use a humidifier in your home.  They add moisture to the dry air your furnace is putting out.  Humidity between 35-55 percent is the most comfortable.

If you use a moisturizer, consider using an oil-based product.  This will help retain more water in your skin’s outer layer.  A hot shower may sound good during the winter months but hot water can dry out the skin more.  Take warm showers instead and pat yourself dry.  Within three minutes of showering, apply baby oil or a petroleum-based moisturizer to help your skin retain moisture.  When you are out in the sun, remember to use sunscreen.  If your lips feel dry, use a lip balm on them.

Make sure that you drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. If you do not drink enough water, you can develop a headache, which is the first sign of altitude sickness.   You may also consider using artificial tears if your eyes feel dry and itchy.  If you are new to the area that has high altitude, the best advice it to take it easy for a few days so your body can adjust the thin air and high altitude.  If you feel sleepy, take a nap.  Limit your alcoholic beverages because they aggravate the high altitude syndrome.  Make sure that you are eating lightly, and do not over exercise.  Watch that you do not dehydrate because they do not have a humid atmosphere layer in Denver that keeps moisture levels intact.

To help protect your eyes from the bright sun rays, wear sunglasses whenever you venture outside.  The UV radiation in the mountains is 36% higher than sea level.  When you eat, make sure that you eat plenty of complex carbs.   Make sure that you drink half your body weight in ounces, and sip water all day.  Your hands tend to dry out faster than any other part of your body.  Use coconut oil or other moisturizer before you wash your hair and do not wash your hair every day.  Do not use a hair dryer.  Also, use a moistening soap, but use it sparingly.

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