If you are like me, directly after you reserved your ski passes and booked your cabin, you started mentally packing your getaway bag for your long-awaited Winter Vacation. Snowy slopes await, along with wine and warm cuddles in front of the fire after a day’s worth of skiing with friends. To ensure you make the most of your weekend getaway, every woman worth her snow knows bringing a quality arsenal of skin pick-me-ups is the perfect way to keep your mind off of skin-damage and on beating your loved ones down the double black.
Here, an at-a-glance-guide to what to bring along, including advice from our experts on how to flaunt your brightest, bestest skin against all high-altitude odds.
Never Forget Your Sunscreen
This might feel obvious, but how many times have you personally forgotten to apply sunscreen on winter mornings, or choose a foundation with too low an SPF? The altitude combined with sun reflection on snow can be just as dangerous as tropical sun. So, in addition to wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes, choose a total protection sunscreen with a thick texture to protect your skin from the sun, wind and cold. And you must remember to continue applying sunscreen throughout the day!
With its soft, comfortable texture, it protects skin from the sun’s rays and from free radicals, while the “PRO-REPAIL Complex” strengthens the skin’s natural and protective defense mechanisms and DNA repair.
Your skin does not know the meaning of the word ‘vacation’. Even if you’re waking up late, drinking a wee bit more wine than usual, or staying out dancing, the basic tenets of your skincare routine cannot be ignored. Before heading out to the slopes in the morning, plan to apply a rich moisturizer, but even before that, experts say the best results come from preparing the skin with a serum for the deepest nourishment.
“Choose products that are suitable for your skin type,” suggests dermatologist Antonio Di Pietro, “without forgetting that creams should be applied twice daily, in the morning and in the evening before going to bed. Furthermore, products should not be applied exclusively to the face but in all delicate areas where skin requires particular nourishment and care, for example, elbows, knees, legs and back.”
Why is it so important to moisturize skin when you are up in the mountains? “Those who decided to treat themselves to a few days of relaxation up in the mountains and on the slopes,” says dermatologist Gabriella Fabborcini, of the University of Napoli Federico II, “expose themselves to a climate that is very cold and dry and which can cause skin to become dehydrated due to the body’s self-regulating mechanisms that take place in an attempt to defend itself. This process modifies the moisture of the skin’s stratum corneum (outermost layer) in relation to the moisture and humidity in the surrounding environment.”
You need: Velvet Moisturizing Cream by Tata Harper
This serum leaves your skin feeling and looking instantly softer, brighter and more compact.
Protect Your Lips
For your complexion to appear brighter, your lips must be moisturized. However, we all know that your lips become chapped in a flash in the mountains, because they are the part of our body that is most exposed to the sun and external aggressors. That’s why you must always apply a conditioner before heading out onto the slopes, and in the evening plan to repair and rehydrate skin using Vaseline, honey or shea butter.
You need: EQ EVOA Sun Stick LSF 50+
Ideal for anyone doing high mountain sports. It contains pure mineral filters and is both softening and waterproof.
Drink Lots of Water!
A rule that’s been tested millions of times and that has proven true in every situation, especially on the ski slopes. “Without adequate water intake,” says nutritionist and consultant of the R&D department at Minerva Research Labs, Vidhi Patel, “our skin becomes dry, dehydrated, dull and full of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s not enough to moisturize with numerous creams when the need arises: our body is made mostly of water and for it to work best we should drink at least two litres of water a day.”
End Your Day With a Mask
Take care of your skin by choosing a moisturizing mask to use at the end of the day for a boost of energy and light. The ideal mix? Antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and super moisturizing vegetable extracts.
This vegan mask is a moisture booster that illuminates skin, making it firmer. Thanks to hyaluronic acid, this mask increases the skin’s ability to trap moisture thus ensuring that skin is always able to maintain a liquid reserve and automatically looking plumper.
Even if it’s not snowing, you’ll be sweating. To avoid the risk of having your mascara or eyeliner run, choose a waterproof formula. The same goes for foundation, which should be light in order to avoid leaving stains on your ski suit.
You need: PUROBIO COSMETICS Liquid Foundation
This provides skin with deep hydration, besides being enriched with anti-age ingredients that nourish and protect skin from external agents. It has a light, creamy texture that is suitable for all skin types.
When you’re on vacation you can easily end up staying up till the wee small hours of the night, but the best time to hit the slopes is early in the morning. To ensure you are going skiing with a fresh, well-rested complexion, the best solution is an anti-bag/dark circle roll-on: don’t forget to put it into your dop kit before closing your suitcase!
You need: PURE SKIN FOOD Stunning Eyes Beauty Oil
This precious oil neutralizes bags and wrinkle and regenerates skin thanks to the precious magnolia extracts, organ oil and pomegranate seed oil. Finally, coffee extract, cucumber flesh and amaranth oil provide the right hydration to skin and fill lines, filling in and firming your eye contour.