8 Cold Weather Skin-Savers
Between the brutal cold and wind outside mixed with the heat that's always on blast in the studio, keeping your skin from turning dry and cracked in the winter is already hard. Add sweating in class and rehearsal every day on top of that, and it can seem nearly impossible to keep your skin in check. We asked dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo and Ballet West's Gabrielle Salvatto for their best tips on keeping skin calm and fake-free despite the dropping temps and endless applications of stage makeup.
Since daily perspiration can lead to clogged pores, Peredo suggests a gentle face wash in the morning and at night. Staying hydrated is just as important. "Dehydration can cause the skin to be drier too," Peredo says. Drink enough fluids throughout rehearsal to help keep your skin balanced.
Both Peredo and Salvatto agree that more moisturizer is key. Free of common skin irritants like fragrances and dyes, this rich and creamy formula melts right into skin without leaving it feeling greasy.
"I use this under my eyes and a little bit on my neck," Salvatto says of her nightly skin-care routine. "My mom told me about it years ago and her skin looks amazing, so it must be working!"
Peredo stresses that cleansing and moisturizing before bed will help your skin restore itself overnight. For an extra hit of hydration, apply a mask like this one, which includes rose water to calm redness and dry skin.
Not only will this rose-scented (and pink-tinted) salve keep your lips soft, but it's perfect to throw in your dance bag to smooth over tiny rough patches of skin when you're on the go.
"The winters are really dry in Utah, and it's a heavy performance season, so there's a lot more stress on the skin," says Salvatto. To swipe away stage makeup without stripping skin of hydration, Salvatto swears by this half-moisturizer, half-cleanser classic.
"If you're prone to acne, one way to combat breakouts is by using salicylic acid pads in between rehearsals," Peredo advises. These individual pads include 2 percent concentration of salicylic acid to exfoliate pores and dissolve the dirt and bacteria that cause breakouts.
Exfoliating once or twice each week will help remove dead skin cells. This option uses grape oil and acacia honey to soothe skin while jojoba beads gently exfoliate.
Just hearing the word "improvisation" is enough to make some ballet dancers shake in their pointe shoes. But for Chantelle Pianetta, it's a practice she relishes. Depending on the weekend, you might find her gracing Bay Area stages as a principal with Menlowe Ballet or sweeping in awards at West Coast swing competitions.
She specializes in Jack and Jill events, which involve improvised swing dancing with an unexpected partner in front of a panel of judges. (Check her out in action below.) While sustaining her ballet career, over the past four years Pianetta has quickly risen from novice to champion level on the WCS international competition circuit.
Sean Dorsey was always going to be an activist. Growing up in a politically engaged, progressive family in Vancouver, British Columbia, "it was my heart's desire to create change in the world," he says. Far less certain was his future as a dancer.
Like many dancers, Dorsey fell in love with movement as a toddler. However, he didn't identify strongly with any particular gender growing up. Dorsey, who now identifies as trans, says, "I didn't see a single person like me anywhere in the modern dance world." The lack of trans role models and teachers, let alone all-gender studio facilities where he could feel safe and welcome, "meant that even in my wildest dreams, there was no room for that possibility."
It's hour three of an intense rehearsal, you're feeling mentally foggy and exhausted, and your stomach hurts. Did you know the culprit could be something as simple as dehydration?
Proper hydration helps maintain physical and mental function while you're dancing, and keeps your energy levels high. But with so many products on the market promising to help you rehydrate more effectively, how do you know when it's time to reach for more than water?