Here’s the thing about ice-skating (and all winter sports, including my other favorite, snowboarding): it’s rough on the skin. And when your skin is already as sensitive and prone to major dryness as mine, moisturizing isn’t just a nice thing to do…it’s necessary.
Speaking from years of experience here.
I know: you think “Jordan”, you don’t really think “snow-and-ice-loving athlete.” That makes sense. But did you know I used to ice-skate competitively?
(As it turns out, not practicing for fifteen or so years will throw a curveball at your former skill set, because approximately 0% of my former semi-gracefulness was in evidence during last weekend’s date at the Bryant Park rink.)
Before heading to the rink we stopped at the carousel, where Kendrick demonstrated quite the knack for subterfuge.
(Carousels are romantic.)
After a very necessary earmuff purchase – a) ice-skating, brrrr; b) those are leopard earmuffs – we made our way over to the rink and got moving (or…I moved. Kendrick sort of wobbled. Gallantly, of course).
1. Fingerless gloves with mitten-type covers (those are Michael Kors), to facilitate on-the-go camera phone operation while keeping tips toasty.
2. VIP tickets aren’t really a “must-have”, but they’re pretty great: the $28 purchase includes skate rental and bag check, and also lets you skip the line (which is long).
3. Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture Lotion, which I applied to my entire body in the AM right after showering (this is key), and then toted along with me to reapply on especially sensitive areas (like my hands) throughout the day. Seriously, on days as cold as these if I skip even a single day of moisturizing, I end up with skin so dry that it hurts, and this product is powerfully therapeutic, relieving dry skin after just one use (and then helping to heal dry skin in just three days). It’s a daily must, especially when outdoorsy wintertime activities are on the menu.
4. A sheer balm (like Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment in Passion) with SPF to protect from the sun’s rays (yes, even in the winter…I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come home from snowboarding with sunburned lips).
5. Sunglasses (those are Elizabeth & James), because that ice is bright.
If you suffer from similarly dry skin during the winter, excellent news: Vaseline is offering RG readers the chance to take home a 10 oz. bottle of Vaseline Intensive Rescue and a 7.5 oz. jar of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (another staple of mine).
To enter, just comment below telling me your favorite wintertime activity. Five winners will be chosen at random.
Contest closes Monday, January 7, 2013 at 5PM EST. Winners will be notified via email. Vaseline is a sponsor of Ramshackle Glam.