Skiing for me all about the awesome runs, great food and stunning views. However, if you don’t pack the right stuff in the first place you can be pretty guaranteed that even after just one day on the slopes everything that is exposed (read: skin, hair, hands and lips) will be left feeling incredibly dry and/or sore – not the end of the world I know but it certainly puts a damper on things. As such I thought it would be fun to share with you the beauty products I personally like to take away with me. Featuring only the best of the best these top winter saviours will defy even the most extreme of climates to help you look and feel great all holiday long.
You may not be sunning yourself on a beach in 30-something degree heat, but trust me when I say the last thing you want to forget when hitting the slopes is SPF. In fact, the sun during your skiing holiday is significantly stronger than that you would find typically at the beach thanks to the high altitudes and the high reflection rates off the snow. So in order to avoid those dreaded goggle shaped sunburn lines I personally recommend investing in Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 50 – aka the best SPF I have ever used. Ultra-lightweight in consistency this high factor SPF not only protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays, but it also rather brilliantly leaves your skin feeling intensely nourished thanks to its unique moisturising qualities.Speaking of SPF, it’s not just your skin that needs protection, your lips do too. My current go-to on the slopes is Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Shea Butter & Vitamin E. Enriched with powerful antioxidants, this emollient balm unlike waxy sticks, penetrates quickly into your lips to offer not only instant relief, but also long-lasting comfort and protection.
Away from the slopes on my latest trip away I also enjoyed using my latest lip obsession – Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey. Formulated with 100% pure plant oils this incredibly luxurious lip treatment has been designed to enhance, protect and nourish your lips natural beauty, which it does, wonderfully.
Due to high altitude and lack of humidity in the air, you will find that your skin will naturally lose moisture throughout your getaway, thus resulting in it looking and feeling uncomfortably dry/sore. As such I highly recommend taking a deeply nourishing overnight moisturiser or mask like Dr. Jart+ Water–Max Sleeping Mask with you (no matter what your skin type). Designed to lock in vital moisture and nutrients whilst you get you ‘beauty sleep’ this Hyaluronic acid based mask feeds your skin with the goodness it craves to leave your skin looking and feeling revitalised, balanced and refreshed come morning.
As a lover / addict of hands creams picking just one to recommend to you was challenging, but after a lot of testing out in France I have to say my current favourite is Grown Alchemist Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream. Infused with sea buckthorn berry extract, soothing aloe vera and orange peel oil this reparative lotion not only protects your hands from the ravages wrought on by exposure to the cold elements, but it does so without leaving your hands feeling at all greasy or tacky – something of which I promise you will really appreciate when you are slipping your hands in and out of your gloves all day.
I know the title of this post says essentials, but I thought I would also throw in a few of my favourite post-skiing pampering indulgences too. The first of which is Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. Containing an exclusive blend of Icelandic glacial water, Arctic cloudberry, cranberry seed oils, pure molecular oxygen and gingko bilboa leaf extract, these unbelievably refreshing eye gels beautifully soothe, firm and brighten your undereye area to quickly and effectively reduce the appearance of any puffiness and/or fine lines. Speaking of post-skiing TLC, I also highly recommend taking a facemask with you. My go-to for the last couple of years has been Skyn Iceland Fresh Start Mask. A two-phase, once-a-week treatment has been developed to polish and revitalise tired, congested complexions in as little as 10-minute. Containing a cooling blue clay blends (phase 1) with a warming alpha-hydroxy acid blend (phase 2), this gorgeous mask gently exfoliates your skin to leave it looking / feeling clearer, smoother and a whole lot brighter.And last but by no means least is probably the most exciting product of all – Roxy x Biotherm Neck Warmer. Infused with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, apricot oil, vitamin E and Marine-Christe extract this revolutionary neck warmer not only protects your neck / face from the cold, but it also leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated – something of which I must point out I have never experienced before in a neck warmer.
If you have a bath in your accommodation I also highly recommend taking either a muscle soak or a relaxing bath oil with you to help soothe and revive your tired post-skiing muscles.