Before You Go…
Get ahead of the game and start prepping your skin before you hit those freezing conditions. Add a hydrating face wash and a rich day and night cream to start maximising your skin’s hydration levels. Amp up your regime with some added TLC and apply a mask every evening two weeks before you depart. Rich moisture-enhancing masks such Patchology Sheet Masks are great go-tos before a ski trip and be sure to take a few sheet masks with you to apply when you come in off the slopes.
I would advise adopting a regime with products that combine vitamin C and vitamin E, at least two weeks before heading off. They work together and will help build up your skin’s barrier against UV light, that bright white, reflective light you get off snow.
Some product suggestions:
- Containing powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and a rich source of essential fatty acids. This product contains Amla Berry, one of the most antioxidant-rich ingredients in the world!
- Made with Amla Berry–a super-fruit rich in Vitamin C, this transformative solid oil boosts collagen, fights free radicals and brings a fresh glow to your skin.
- This concentrated all-in-one melts upon touch to reveal a rich, luxurious oil that absorbs instantly into skin.
- Firms, Rejuvenates, Nourishes -A unique blend of the most powerfully active natural ingredients, Immunocologie Super 7 Elixir addresses the 7 major signs of aging.
- With dryness being at the top of the list.
- Apply serum prior to your cream.
- THE ULTIMATE THIRST QUENCHER
- Feeling parched? It only takes 5 minutes to treat your skin to a much-needed surge of maximum moisture. FlashMasque Hydrate 5 Minute Sheet Masks combat dehydration and ease your facial fatigue. Ideal for: Dry skin types or any time skin is fatigued and dehydrated.
- A unique blend of the most powerfully active natural ingredients, Immunocologie Super 7 Elixir addresses the 7 major signs of aging.
On the Slopes…
When at high altitude and exposed to white reflective surfaces such as snow or water, you are at a higher risk of sun damage, to avoid this you will need to layer on broad spectrum SPF, ideally SPF 50, to protect you from UVA and UVB rays.
Additionally, pick for a cleanser that is nourishing rather than stripping, as an exfoliating cleanser will compromise your skin’s moisture barrier. If your skin feels tight or tingly after your cleanser, this could be a sign that your face wash is too active. Cleansing is an imperative step whatever time of year it is, and to avoid a batch of SPF-induced spots, you must meticulously wash your face once you’re off the slopes as SPF clings to pores more than you realise.
Don’t forget a lip balm. When skiing, your face and lips are the two most exposed areas and if you wear goggles or sunglasses, your lips will be the most exposed area to prolonged periods of cold, drying weather. Swap out your moisturising balm or oil and opt for an SPF lip balm that has a high zinc level. Soltan Active Lip, or Piz Buin In Sun Lipstick SPF 30, will both do the job and are super cheap. For when you get back home, opt for a super nourishing treat like La Mer Lip Balm, – expensive but worth it.
Once you are back in your chalet or hotel, treat your skin to spoiling rich creams, masks and hyaluronic serums to try and pack as much moisture in as possible before another day on the slopes.