When you’re off skiing, it’s not just your warm jacket and trousers you need to think about adding to your packing check list. With the freezing temperatures, harsh winds and blazing sunshine in the mountains, skin can be left dry, dull and sun damaged, all in less than a week. To help you protect and nourish your skin, these are the products we recommend you have with you while having fun on the slopes.
The pocket-sized sunscreen
First and foremost: sun protection. You might be existing in a winter wonderland but high in the mountains you’re skin is extremely vulnerable to the effects of UV rays. That means an increased risk of skin damage and sun burn, eek. Use Chanel’s ski jacket-friendly high factor cream to keep yourself protected.
The face cream
When fighting against windburn and the cold, you need a thick, emoillent-rich cream to ensure your skin stays hydrated and plump. Kiehl’s famous moisturiser is packed with squalane and other hydrating ingredients to do just that and this version has the added benefit of sun protection too.
Don’t forget about your hands, which can take a battering from the exercise your doing as well as temperature changes. This nourishing treatment will stop any roughness or dryness in their tracks without leaving your palms feeling clammy.
If you can’t bear the idea of being red faced on the slopes, use a touch of tinted moisturiser in lieu of thick foundation. It will cover most of your flushes and even-out your skin tone without noticeably sliding down your face. The only downside: it won’t spare your blushes if you fall, sorry about that.
The lip balm
Your lips can suffer from both the cold and the sun when you’re on the slopes so its paramount you protect them with a hydrating SPF lip balm. We’d recommend Elizabeth Arden’s lip protectant – although the brand’s best-selling original Eight Hour Cream would work for your whole face too.
The moisturising suncream
Sisley has an array of award-winning sun protection that certainly befits its more premium price tag. As well as guarding against burning and premature skin ageing, this cream contains vitamin E and camellia oil to keep your skin moisturised (without any white streaks either). That’s especially important in the fight against windburn.
The tan extender
A winter glow isn’t something you’ll want to lose in a hurry so make sure to hydrate your body with Dior’s tan-extending after sun. Say goodbye to losing your tan as soon as you step off the plane back home.
The waterproof mascara
If you’re looking for a little bit of eye-definition, especially for apres-ski, you need to make sure you choose a hardworking waterproof mascara formula. No one wants to look like a panda bear when they take off their googles now do they.
The face mask
There’s nothing better for dry skin than a super hydrating face mask and Clarins’ balmy formula earns its SOS name – if it stands for ‘save our skin’ of course. It’s particularly effective at banishing rough patches around your nose and cheeks, all without irritating sensitive skin. Apply and leave on for ten minutes and voila.
The after sun
If you’re unfortunate enough to burn, take beauty director Katy Young’s advice and slather on Hampton Sun’s hydrating mist. It contains aloe and menthol to calm red, sore skin and will help limit some of the peeling.
The muscle soother
After a long day of skiing there’s nothing better than relaxing in a nice hot bath (or hot tub if you’re so lucky). Take the opportunity to apply a soothing, muscle-reviving oil to your limbs – none smells better than Aromatherapy Associates.
The hair mask
Sweat from your headwear, combined with changing temperatures, can play havoc with your hair leaving it lank and damaged. Rejuvenate it with a rich hair mask that you can leave on for five to ten minutes before rinsing.
The hair brush
No one wants the pain of dragging a hairbrush through knotty, wind-swept hair, but Tangle Teezer makes the process a lot easier. This one’s compact design and cover case also keeps it clean in your carry-on luggage.