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Wellness / March 5, 2017

This week in gear: 4 pieces of adventure skincare

Written by: Stewart Moore

Whatever layering system you use, your skin ultimately serves as the interface between your body and the outside world. So it’s important to keep it healthy… and ideally not looking like an old burlap bag.

So this week, we’ve rounded up four pieces of gear the keep your largest organ healthy, strong, and attractive.

The original ski balm

Bluebird days on the ski slopes are fun. Getting branded with a goggle-shaped sunburn is not.

I recently tested out the Original Ski Balm, a non-oily balm that not only has a 40 SPF rating, but also protects your face or exposed skin from windburn (a combination of skin dehydration and sun damage). The balm goes on a little thicker than most sun blocks, but that only helps it hold up without constant reapplication.

The Original Ski Balm sells online in a variety of packages. The cheapest costs just $5.99.


Hike/Run/Walk Goo

There are lots of anti-chaffing creams out there, but few hold up against the harsh environment of your shoe. Run Goo, however, uses a mix of hard and soft waxes to create a friction free barrier between your skin and sock that can hold up for an entire day.

Less friction and less rubbing means fewer blisters, callouses, bruises, and less potential for nerve damage. The Goo’s permeable formula lets sweat pass through to your sock and absorbs some excess moisture. As a result, Run Goo actually provides more protection the more you sweat. 

A 3oz starter bottle of Run Goo sells online for $10.99. Hike Goo and Walk Goo are also available.


Avasol Suncare

Designed by environmentally-conscious surfers, the Barrier Stick from Avasol is a waterproof, non-toxic, bio-degradable sunblock.

Available in three different shades and two SPFs, Avasol’s sunscreen is water resistant for 80 minutes, sourced and produced in the USA, and even comes in a 100% bio-degradable paper tube (just in case you leave it on the beach or drop it in the water).

A stick of Avasol sells online for $19.95.


Joshua Tree Climbing Salve

If you’ve ever climbed at Joshua Tree, you probably remember the incredibly rough quartz monzonite granite that lacerated all the skin on your hands. Climb hard on southern sandstone for a few days in a row, and you might find your hands in the same condition: tender, raw, with a possible flapper in the mix.

Joshua Tree’s salve is designed to moisturize and heal without softening calluses. You’ve built up those calluses to protect you from the rock, and JTree’s organic formula leaves out all the skin softeners so you can keep them. It’s also great for guitar players and weight lifters.

The salve sells online in 3 ml, 15 ml, and 50ml sizes for prices ranging from $1.50 to $17.99.

about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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