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Sawtooth Wilderness, Idaho & Dry Skin

Sawtooth

W I L D E R N E S S,

IDAHO

&

D R Y S K I N


 

Winter is Coming -

Meaning dry skin season is upon us!

Bring on the dehydrated skin, cracked cuticles, eczema flares, chapped lips, and Seasonal Affective Disorder !


Depending on where you live, winter may be a tough time for your skin. With winter fast-approaching, you may start to notice changes in your skin - flares in eczema, psoriasis, and acne; an increase in facial redness and flakiness, and just overall dehydrated, tight-feeling skin.

Late this September I was able to spend time in the Sawtooth Wilderness in remote Idaho, and let me tell you, winter was FAST approaching… I’m talking lows of 10º F, with morning temps in the teens. Needless to say, my skin needed extra attention on this trip…

So keep reading for info on my Sawtooth Wilderness trip, what dry skin is and what it is not, and tips on how to combat dry skin this autumn season with my favorite method of extra hydration:

Hydrating Serums!


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Stanley, Idaho

“Gateway to the Sawtooths“

Stanley, Idaho - population 68. A picturesque, remote, “last-frontier” type town, known as the “Gateway to the Sawthooths.”


Classic Stanley.


For the type of person who enjoys getting off the beaten path, you’ve got to come here. No crowds, exquisite mountain views, untouched wilderness - you’ve got miles & miles of vast hiking trails to choose from that bring you up close & personal with those beautiful jagged peaks of the Sawtooth Range.



In addition to being known as the “Trailhead to Idaho Adventure", this area of Idaho recently became the United States’ first International Dark Sky Reserve - quite a title, considering there are only 11 of these Dark Sky Reserves in the world. This means that in Stanley, you’re guaranteed (if it’s clear) to get an unparalleled, pristine starry-night view due to the lucidity of the environment - no light pollution here!


Stanley may be known for it’s night skies, but the sunrises are pretty epic, too


The Stanley Basin was discovered in the 1820’s by fur trappers of the Hudson’s Bay Company - the “Westward Expansion” vibe in the town is intensely palpable, with western false front architecture on many of the buildings “downtown” (downtown in quotations, as it’s a handful of quaint wooden buildings lining a pothole-ridden dirt road).

Looking for a place to stay? Mountain Village Resort offered great lodging at reasonable rates, with impressive mountain views. Check out their webcam to get live views of Stanley, refreshed every 30 seconds. Place to eat? Stanley Baking Company & Cafe is the best.


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Good Morning, Mountains!

Due to my late (and therefore dark) arrival in Stanley, this gorgeous view caught me by surprise as I opened the door from my room that first morning.


Stanley Lake

Stanley Lake is a quick eight-mile drive from the town of Stanley. No hike-in required, and it’s absolutely breathtaking. Even when it’s a balmy 18ºF, as pictured below:


Sawtooth Lake Hike

It’s a no-brainer -

if you’re in the Sawtooth Wilderness, Sawtooth Lake is a must-see.

To get there, it’s an absolutely gorgeous 10 mile round-trip hike. It’s one of the most popular hikes in the Sawtooth region due to the incredible views and beautiful alpine lakes toward the summit.


The trail starts at Iron Creek Trailhead, which is only a ten minute drive from Stanley, and roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes from Boise. The first few miles of the hike are a breeze, just a small incline really. You’ll start to get awesome views of the Sawtooth Range just a few miles in.


Sawtooth Valley coming into view


Then the uphill begins, and it gets pretty strenuous. Layers are so important on this hike - in the morning the temperatures were in the teens, but as the day went on, it warmed up to 60ºF.


Cold morning turned sunny day


A L P I N E L A K E

Alpine Lake is a lovely, must-see side trip while doing the Sawtooth Lake Hike. You can do it before or after summiting at Sawtooth Lake, and it isn’t strenuous to get there (it’s right off the main Sawtooth trail). It has the most strikingly beautiful blue-green colored water, and sits just below Alpine Peak, pictured below:




Heading up from Alpine Lake, you’ve got roughly a mile left of pretty steep trails until reaching Sawtooth Lake. You get stunning views of Alpine Lake sitting below you as you hike up, which somehow makes the steep grade a little less painful. If you choose to stop at Alpine Lake and turn around, your hike will be roughly 8 miles, round-trip (nice if you’re looking for a shorter hike, but if you’re a sucker for views, I highly suggest hiking up to Sawtooth Lake).

Right before you reach Sawtooth Lake, you’ll see a beautiful smaller lake, called Decoy Pond, on your right:

A beautiful Decoy Pond -don’t confuse this with Sawtooth Lake, which is right ahead!


And finally, Sawtooth Lake comes into view:



Backdrop of Mount Regan (10,190 feet).


Unlike Alpine Lake and Decoy Pond, the water of Sawtooth Lake is a deep blue. It’s a relatively large lake as far as alpine lakes go, and at 8,435 feet up in the air, it can remain frozen well into the summer months. A beautiful hike all around.


S K I N

&

D R Y

C L I M A T E S

If you live or play in a dry climate like central Idaho, you probably have to replenish your skin’s moisture more than the rest of us. It’s important to recognize that although you may notice your skin is dry, flaking, and red, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have “dry skin” - in fact, there are a number of very common skin disorders that present as “dry skin,” the most common probably being a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. But before talking about my favorite way to combat dry skin, we should clarify

what dry skin

-IS-

and what it

-ISN’T-


THAT’S NOT DRY SKIN -
THAT’S SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS !

Seborrheic dermatitis, or “seb derm,” is essentially the medical term for “dandruff” in adults, and “cradle cap” in infants. But the scalp isn’t the only body area affected - interestingly enough, areas where we have higher concentration of oil glands are more likely to be affected - i.e. central face (specifically in between the eyebrows and around the nostrils), ears, eyelids, chest, and upper back. It’s more common in cold & dry climates. It is NOT dry skin, or “xerosis.”

How It Presents:

Like dry skin! More specifically, reddened skin that can appear glossy or greasy, with overlying scaly patches that may flake off and tend to be white or yellowish in color. It may or may not be itchy.

Treatment Options:

Since seborrheic dermatitis is NOT dry skin, moisturizers and hydrating serums will neither solve nor help this skin condition. Obviously, dandruff shampoos are the obvious solution for the scalp, but you can also use these shampoos on your face if you’re not too sensitive-skinned. There are a ton of options out there - if one active ingredient hasn’t worked for you, try another one out. We all respond differently to different active ingredients.

OTC TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • Shampoos containing selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue)

  • Shampoos containing salicylic acid (Neutrogena’s T/Sal)

  • Shampoo containing zinc pyrithione (Head & Shoulders - opt for the ‘Clincal Strength’)

  • Ketoconazole shampoo (Nizoral 1%)

  • Coal Tar Shampoos (Neutrogena’s T/Gel)

  • Tea tree oil

  • Anti-fungal creams (i.e. Lotrimin)

  • 10% sulfur bar soap

  • Very low potent steroid creams (i.e. hydrocortisone 1%)

Prescription Treatments

  • RX strength ketoconazole shampoo (2%)

  • RX strength anti-fungal creams

  • RX strength steroid topicals

    • Your choice of vehicle - some patients prefer creams, other prefer a solution or foam formulation

    • RX called DermaSmoothe-FS is my personal fav - this is formulated with peanut oil & Nivea oil to help loosen thickened plaques (typically used on the scalp)

  • Sulfacetamide sodium topical

  • RX strength coal tar shampoo

  • Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors (TCIs)

    • Elidel (pimecrolimus 1% cream)

    • Protopic (tacrolimus .03%, 0.1%)


AS ALWAYS, CONSULT YOUR DERMATOLOGY PRACTITIONER BEFORE USING THE PRODUCTS DISCUSSED IN THIS BLOG


Now that we’ve clarified what dry skin is and what it isn’t, let’s get into my favorite method of controlling dry skin -

hydrating serums!


What are

HYDRATing SERUMS

and how do they differ from moisturizers?


Working in dermatology, I get that question a lot. So here’s the short answer:

Serums ARE NOT the same thing as a moisturizer, though there are serums that are meant to be moisturizing. Confused? Let me explain:

Compared to moisturizers, serums are typically:

-Water-based
-More rapidly absorbable
-Lighter weight due to smaller molecule size
-Free of additive / filler ingredients

Therefore you’ll notice that serums feel more silky, more “watery,” and more rapidly absorb into your skin when compared to your cream (or even gel) moisturizer. Remember, apply your serums AFTER cleansing, and BEFORE moisturizing.

Serums can target different skin issues - the most common categories are serums that (1) combat dryness (hydrating serums), (2) combat free radicals and aging (antioxidant serums), and (3) combat dark spots (skin brightening serums).

We’ll be talking about serums that combat dryness in this post.


MY
FAVORITE
Hydrating
Serums


{ 1 } First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Hydrating Serum
(1 oz)

Sephora.com : $36.00
Ulta.com : $36.00

First Aid Beauty, you are so clutch.

Another product based on science, with proven results. Your products just MAKE SENSE and I love you for it.

  • Water-based serum formulated with hyaluronic acid and collagen

  • Sensitive-skinned approved - formulated with colloidal oatmeal & aloe

  • Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates

  • Free of scents and dyes

  • Cruelty-free

  • **May be out of stock - I had to call my local Ulta and have them hold it for me!


{ 2 }Eau Thermale Avéne Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum (1 oz)

AveneUSA : $38.00
Dermstore.com : $38.00

A recent favorite skincare line of mine, Avéne offers sensitive-skinned individuals luxurious skincare products that aren’t insanely expensive. I love the gentle, fresh scents of Avène products. This serum specifically targets dryness - no antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients added.

  • Oil-free serum that helps prevent water loss

  • Avène Thermal Spring Water soothes, softens, & calm the skin

  • Sensitive skin approved- hypoallergenic & non-comedogenic

  • Soap-Free, Paraben-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free

  • Mild, fresh fragrance


{ 3 } SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, 1 oz.

SkinCeuticals.com : $82.00

Dermstore.com : $82.00

Yes, SkinCeuticals is definitely a bougie skincare line - but their products are certainly effective (I mean, they BETTER be at those prices!).

  • Dermatologist-approved moisture-enhancing serum with hyaluronic acid & vitamin B5

  • Ideal for acne-prone skin: water-based, oil-free, & non-comedogenic

  • Free of fragrances, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates

  • Only 4 ingredients - Potent stuff!


Even if you live or play in a cold & dry environment, with the proper skincare regiment and appropriate skincare products, you can keep your skin happy & healthy.


U N T I L N E X T T I M E ,

B E A U T I F U L

T R A V E L S


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