The natural mineral hot springs of Colorado
Nordic Skiing near Aspen
S k i n & S u l f u r
Sulfur, a naturally occurring element, is used in many prescriptions for treating different skin conditions. Not only do I prescribe a TON of sulfur-based products for my patients (primarily for acne, rosacea, and a condition called seborrheic dermatitis), but I've used sulfur-based presription skincare products since my early high-school days. Some brand names include Avar, Plexion, SulfaClense, and Clenia - all of which contain a combination of sodium sulfacetamide (a sulfonamide antibiotic) and sulfur (NOTE: the brand names are PRICEY - use goodrx.com for the lowest price, or ask your dermatology practitioner to go generic!)
The natural hot springs in Colorado have a high concentration of sulfate, which is a polyatomic ion consisting of sulfur + oxygen. Pure sulfur is rare to come across in nature (per my brother, who is an organic chemist). The sulfate in the mineral hot springs can be equally efficacious to sulfur in terms of their skin-clarifying properties. That is, if you can handle the rotten-egg smell !
ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DERMATOLOGY PRACTITIONER BEFORE USING THE PRODUCTS DISCUSSED IN THIS BLOG, AND BEFORE PARTICIPATING IN ANY ACTIVITY DISCUSSED IN THIS BLOG
Glenwood Springs, CO
Yampah Hot springs & vapor caves
Glenwood Springs is home to Yampah Spa Hot Springs and Vapor Caves, something I look forward to doing every time I'm in Colorado. This spa is a unique little place - hot springs mineral baths, world-class day spa, vapor caves, and a complete AVEDA salon.
You've got to try the Herbal Mineral Baths - pumped directly from the natural hot springs, with rosemary + lavender. Your skin will thank you.
Iron Mountain Hot SpringS
This is a MUST-DO next time you're in Colorado. It's the ultimate relaxing, re-energizing experience. Iron Mountain, also located in Glenwood Springs, has eighteen different natural mineral hot spring pools, ranging in temperature from 98 to 108 degrees F. Each pool is named after a gemstone, and has a plaque with an accurate temperature reading, so you can choose your pool accordingly (temps are taken and recorded every two hours).
According to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs website, the five most abundant minerals in the soaking pools are SULFATE, iron, chloride, sodium, and calcium.
INTO THE WILD
(wild hot springs, that is)
South Canyon Hot Springs
Your skin will be SO SOFT after this soak, I promise. Get there early, before the sunrise, and you'll most likely have the place to yourself:
Penny Hot Springs
Aspen Nordic Center
Aspen Nordic Center -
Convenient, in town, across from the mountain
Some dog friendly trails
Super friendly, helpful staff
Ashcroft Nordic Center -
More snow than Aspen Nordic Center due to higher elevation Off the beaten path & secluded
PineCreek Cookhouse for great food & drink
Mountain views and aspen-covered trails are gorgeous
More difficult trails & more hills
Until next time,
B E A U T I F U L
T R A V E L S
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