Skin Care Routine: High-Altitude

How High-Altitudes Affect Your Skin

If you live in or regularly travel to a destination that is higher than 8,000 ft. above sea level, you may be familiar with altitude sickness—a condition that occurs because of the change in oxygen levels. But did you know that a high-altitude can also have effects on your skin? The acid mantle is the thin, slightly acidic film on the surface of your skin, formed when your sweat and sebum mix together. It keeps bacteria and other contaminants from penetrating the skin. Extreme temperatures, increased UV exposure, and other effects of high altitude may cause damage to the acid mantle, leading to excessive dryness, breakouts from excess dirt and oil, and other skin issues.

Your High Altitude Skin Care Routine

As you travel to high-altitude locations, it’s wise to upgrade your skin care routine to account for the changes you may experience and to keep harsh effects to a minimum. The skin care experts at California Pure Naturals are pleased to share with you an ideal high altitude skin care routine that is easy to follow and tailored specifically to combat certain altitude effects.



Start your day by washing your face to remove dirt, oil, and impurities that may have accumulated throughout the night. Our Gentle Cleansing Lotion or Revitalizing Cleansing Gel both work wonderfully to gently cleanse the skin for a bright and fresh complexion, ready for the next steps.


The next step in your high-altitude skin care routine is to use a toner for minimization of pores, improved skin tone, and revitalized texture. Our Clarifying Toner is packed with beneficial natural ingredients like rose geranium and cucumber to soothe, brighten and revitalize skin.


A crucial part of any skin care routine is hydrating as hydrating restores moisture to your skin which leaves it looking soft and supple. A lightweight moisturizer like our Oil Free Hydrator which features our exclusive Blackberry Complex, aloe and green tea—or our Glow Facial Oil made with jojoba oil and evening primrose oil, both work to restore your skin’s acid mantle which can be damaged in high-altitudes. Follow it up with our Nourishing Cream featuring cranberry seed oil, argan oil, and essential nutrients for optimal nourishment.


How High-Altitudes Affect Your SkinHigh-altitudes increase your exposure to UV rays, which can damage the skin. A good sunscreen is imperative at high-altitude locations, to keep your skin healthy and protected. Our Radiance CC Cream SPF 30 features natural pigments to blur imperfections and natural zinc sunscreen to prevent UV damage.



Begin your evening high-altitude skin care routine by cleansing to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your face. Use our Gentle Cleansing Lotion in the evening for a calming cleanse. Once a week, exfoliate your skin to scrub away dead skin cells and allow newer skin to come to the surface. Our Dual Action Scrub helps boost your skin’s natural radiance with walnut shell, papaya fruit extract, and pomegranate to give you a bright, glowing complexion.


After cleansing, follow it up with a toner to calm your skin, improve tone and texture, and minimize pores before heading to bed. Our Clarifying Toner includes rose geranium and cucumber to soothe your tired skin after a long day.


As you sleep, your skin undergoes its natural regeneration process. Complete your high-altitude skin care routine with a moisturizer like our rich Glow Facial Oil or silky Nourishing Cream, which both work to protect against the harsh effects of high-altitude exposure. As the final step in your evening routine, moisturizing provides your skin with essential nutrients and optimal hydration while you sleep.

Additional Tips To Care For Your Skin At High-Altitudes

In addition to practicing a good skin care routine, there are a few other things you can do to ensure healthy, beautiful skin, even when you’re exposed to high-altitudes:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. High-altitudes cause water to evaporate much more quickly from your skin.
  • Wear sunscreen every day. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.
  • Try using eucalyptus essential oil as you shower. This beneficial oil paired with the steam from your shower will soothe skin irritations caused by harsh weather climates.

Try Your New High-Altitude Skin Care Routine Today!

Here at California Pure Naturals, we are committed to providing the highest quality skin care products, so you can achieve healthy, vibrant skin. If you’re ready to try out our high-altitude skin care routine for yourself, we welcome you to check out our online store for the products you need. And if you have any questions regarding our products, high-altitude skin care, or our brand, we encourage you to visit our FAQs page, or contact our experts today. We can’t wait to help you achieve radiant, beautiful skin!