The Skincare Essentials You Should Be Packing For The Slopes
The extreme conditions on the mountains can cause havoc for your skin. Clear some space in your suitcase and pack the products which will keep you well protected.
Jan 25, 2023
For you lucky ones out there who are hitting the slopes this year (we’re not jealous at all…!), we’ve picked out some products which we know deserve a spot in your wash bag and suitcase. The health of your skin is definitely the priority as the weather conditions can be extreme out in the mountains; the wind, snow, cold, and even the sun can really batter the skin and so there are products you can use to help protect and soothe the skin. As well as the weather, other factors can come into play.
We all love a bit of overindulgence on holiday; who can say no to that cheese fondue, hot chocolate, and celebratory drinks at the end of the day?! Après-ski is what it’s all about! Unfortunately though, as much as we enjoy it, our skin doesn’t find the increase in salt, sugar, and alcohol so fun.
The main symptom you will experience whilst skiing (or snowboarding) is dry skin. You can cover up with your goggles, roll necks, and neck scarves, but the wind will still find its way in and with a severe lack of humidity, the skin will be gasping for hydration. The extreme cold can deplete the skin’s natural moisture reservoirs quickly. We have to give that hydration back because if we don’t, it can lead to unsightly red, blotchy, and sore patches as well as breakouts and cracking - not pleasant! The lips can also take a real thrashing when exposed to the extreme elements.
It’s easy to forget, whilst we’re enjoying ourselves, that we still need to slap on the SPF. No matter the weather, even if it’s cloudy and snowing and minus degrees, the UV rays can still get into our dermis and cause havoc with our skin cells. And, unfortunately, those bluebird days are the ones to keep an eye out for; the sun will be bouncing back at you off that powdery, fluffy, snow!
Although we may be turning a shade of green with envy, we’re certainly not trying to put a dampener on your trip. We just want to make sure you’ve got all the necessities packed and once you’ve got your wintery grooming routine sorted, your skin will be smiling brightly as you speed down those red runs!
The Best Skincare Solutions For Skiing
Your face is pretty much the only part of your body that will be fully exposed to the elements whilst skiing. So, we have to take care of it! Invest in a high quality moisturiser which will fully hydrate the skin. We recommend a moisturiser with a richer texture and apply it everyday, straight after cleansing your face. Obviously, this does depend on your skin type, but a thicker moisturiser should last you the day. If you suffer from extremely dry skin, why not keep a smaller version of a light-weight moisturiser in your pocket for a quick ‘top up’ on the ski lift. Don’t forget a moisturiser as part of your nighttime grooming routine aswell.
Humanery recommends for nighttime: Ren V-cense Revitalising Night Cream
Licking your lips to try and stop your lips cracking just won’t do - it can actually make it worse! Embrace the soothing properties of a lip balm and keep it handy in the top zip pocket of your ski jacket. Our lips are often forgotten about and when they become cracked and flakey, it’s not a great look. Look out for ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, lanolin, and an SPF which will all help to keep your lips in tiptop condition.
Humanery recommends: Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF50
The skin underneath the layers and layers of thermals and padded ski suits also need some TLC. Those layers combined with exercise can lead to a lot of sweating which means more dehydration for the skin. So, just like our faces, we need to replace that moisture. The best time to lock that moisture in is straight after your morning and nighttime showers. Essential oils and Vitamin E will do your skin wonders after a long day of sweating!
Humanery recommends: anatome Nourishing Hand and Body Moisturiser
It’s important to cleanse your face morning and night to remove any product build-up and daily grime. If your skin is dehydrated, it can become oily and greasy as the skin starts to over-produce sebum to compensate for the loss of water in the skin. This sebum can block the pores and lead to a breakout. No one wants to be dealing with spots and blemishes whilst enjoying the delights of the mountains, so try using a lightweight cleanser which won’t strip the skin.
Humanery recommends: Aesop Amazing Face Cleanser
A high quality serum will target certain skin concerns and you should include a serum, to be used after your daily moisturiser, in your grooming routine. A facial serum will also help boost your skin’s hydration levels. We love a concentrated Vitamin C serum as it promotes the production of collagen, reduces hyperpigmentation, heals blemishes, and most importantly protects the skin against sun damage - the perfect remedy whilst skiing! Use your serum before you apply your moisturiser.
Humanery recommends: BARBER PRO Anti-ageing Vitamin C 10% Face Serum
If you’ve got your grooming routine down to a tee, you’ll be used to applying an SPF on a daily basis. This must continue out in the mountains, and even more so on those beautiful sunny days. The sun can be intense when it’s glaring down on the snow and if you're high up in the mountains, the atmosphere is thinner so the effects of UV rays are much stronger. Find one which isn’t greasy and heavy on the skin so it won’t cause a breakout, and if you’re new to skiing it might be worth buying something which is water-resistant for when you face-plant into the snow - it happens to us all! Apply it every 2 hours.
Humanery recommends: LifeJacket Skin Protection SPF30 Sun Gel
The skin under our eyes is extremely sensitive and needs just as much care, and moisture, as the rest of the skin on our face. Obviously, you need to be wearing the appropriate eyewear (sunglasses and goggles) but you also need to be using the appropriate skincare. An eye cream will hydrate and restore the skin, and can also target under-eye dark circles and signs of ageing.
Humanery recommends: Skin Generics Eye Contour Serum
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