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Old 09-12-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: California
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Sorry, this is kind of a silly post, but I'm actually concerned--does the dry weather in Colorado really give people significantly more wrinkles than if they lived in a more humid area? I'm of English ancestry, pale and thin-skinned, and my hands and face (and hair!) get dry easily. I have to put on hand cream three times a day and I live in San Francisco, which has plenty of cool humidity all the time. I can't imagine what I would do in Colorado if it's that dry. Do Coloradans just douse themselves in almond oil every day to survive?
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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If you need hand cream 3x a day in SF, don't go to Colorado.
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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If you spend any fair amount of time outdoors, it's true. The low humidity and high ultra-violet levels here because of altitude do raise hell with skin. The UV is especially troubling because it leads to higher skin cancer rates. Most every long-time Rocky Mountain resident I know over 50 years old who has spent any time at all outdoors has had suspicious moles or pre-cancerous growths removed from their skin--lots of 'em on some people I know. If I'm spending any significant time at all outdoors, I'm putting on SPF45 or higher sunscreen.
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Canon City, Colorado
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My family (who grew up in Colorado and now resides in Georgia and Florida for 20 years, except me) say......... In Colorado, the average age for a female to start using moisturizer for her face is 18 years old.....in the south,..it is 31 years old!!!!!!!!!!!! I grew up in Colorado!!!
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:45 PM
 
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Living in Vail, most of the older long term residents had noticeable skin damage compared to other areas I lived. In fact I always noticed a certain "look" the long term folks had.

Sunscreen, moisturizer and a good hat and clothes to protect against the sun is a good idea.

Yep if you have to lather up in San Fran you'll surely dry up and break into brittle pieces in Colorado.
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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If you spend any fair amount of time outdoors, it's true. The low humidity and high ultra-violet levels here because of altitude do raise hell with skin. The UV is especially troubling because it leads to higher skin cancer rates. Most every long-time Rocky Mountain resident I know over 50 years old who has spent any time at all outdoors has had suspicious moles or pre-cancerous growths removed from their skin--lots of 'em on some people I know. If I'm spending any significant time at all outdoors, I'm putting on SPF45 or higher sunscreen.
Jazzlover is right. I've lived in Colorado all my life and put in nearly 30 years of construction. I have lots of moles and have had several of them removed. Also have had several skin cancer surgeries, caught them in time, so the procedures weren't TOO intruding, except for one of them.

SPF-45 is a must!
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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When I lived in Denver, the joke in the office was "It's time to get out the Valvoline (car oil) and lather up!" (winter time)
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:17 AM
 
Location: California
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Thanks so much for all your answers, you guys I think I won't be moving to Colorado any time soon. I'd dry up and blow away! It looks like a beautiful place though, full of cool, liberal young people in the metros. I'll find somewhere wet to move, instead. I guess Seattle is the next rational choice since it's practically underwater...
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Oh aych eee two hockey sticks

I am what I believe to be of Irish descent (reddish hair but mostly dark blonde with fair skin, blue eyes and freckles that have faded over the years because I take care of my skin as I age) add to that I am a smoker.

Born and raised in Colorado and the things that will affect pre-mature aging are: genes, excess sun exposure, smoking, bad diet and not having enough water - the normal things. I know plenty of people that are like me but of different ancestry, same age as me and smokers that have perfectly normal skin (for being smokers) who have lived or still live in Colorado from a young age.

Things to combat itchy dry skin in Colorado from a Colorado native:

Healthy diet
Drink plenty of water
Daily use of a facial moisturizer that has a high SPF factor
Jergen's Ultra Healing (my latest and greatest find) every day
Shower every other day (not only saves on dry skin but your utility bill) only recommended for those that don't work in stinky jobs
Don't smoke (I need to stop!)
As soon as the heater kicks on for the season, fire up the humidifiers

You wont prematurely age here unless you don't wear sunscreen and/or smoke. Oh yeah and drinking alcohol heavily also messes up your skin.

The best of the more inexpensive lotions I have found to date is the Jergen's mentioned above. It even beat out the more expensive Curél Ultra Healing I have mentioned here in the past. My only beef with it is it has the classic fragrance of original Jergen's. Deep skin lotions are much better without a scent - but that's for another forum.
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Old 09-14-2009, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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It may depend on where you grew up. I grew up in the rocky mountain west, so I'm used to the dry weather and I'm not accustomed to putting on lotion.

On the other hand, my wife grew up in a humid climate, and she can't stand the dry weather. She uses lubriderm all day long.

As for the wrinkles, there's probably some truth to it. Western cowboys don't have wrinkled, leathery skin for nothing, I guess.
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