A skiing holiday in the Three Valleys is packed full of excellent ski, luxurious dinners and sophisticated evening soirees. With all these social occasions going on, it’s understandable that you’d want to look your best.
However, high altitudes, strong UV rays and heavy winds can cause havoc on delicate skin around the face and eyes. It’s hard to feel glamorous at après ski canapes with dry, sun damaged skin. To keep your skin in top condition, we’ve gathered together some expert advice along with the best ski skin care products on the market for optimum skin protection on the slopes.
Your skin deserves to be cared for when you’re on the slopes, here are some of the best techniques to ensure you stay radiant, even in the snow.
Cover it Up
Excess sun exposure is your skin’s worst enemy. From fine lines and premature ageing, to redness and sensitivity, UV radiation can cause a lot of damage to your skin.
The easiest way to get around this, is to cover up. Be sure to wear high quality goggles to protect your eyes from UV rays and wear long sleeved tops on the slopes.
Here are some of our favourite luxury cover ups providing the best skin protection for skiing;
– The Salomon S/Max Sigma ski goggles come with different lenses for varying cloud cover which can be swapped on the go. This means maximum protection without compromising on visibility.
– Check Matchesfashion.com for the best in luxury ski wear including long-sleeved base layers and elegant ski gloves.
Lock in Moisture
Our second tip is a great habit that can be applied to your everyday routine, not just for ski skin protection.
Dry mountain air alongside heavy exercise is a recipe for dry skin. One solution is to tackle this from the inside by drinking plenty of water. Be sure to drink at least two litres a day and go easy on the après ski cocktails as alcohol can be particularly drying.
To give yourself an extra boost of moisture, a hydrating skin serum or spray can work wonders for thirsty skin;
– We like the Hydra Beauty Micro Serum from Chanel for its lightweight formula which provides 24 hour deep hydration.
– SKI-II’s Mid-Day Miracle Essence is ideal for jetsetters. Simply spray over your face and neck for instant hydration at high altitude.
When searching for luxury skin products, look for active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.
Limit Hot Showers
Although it’s tempting, try to avoid wallowing for hours in hot, steamy showers. Excessive hot water can dry out skin further, undoing all your efforts at retaining moisture. Be sure to use a nourishing body lotion after bathing to keep your skin soft and supple.
Restore Lacklustre Skin at the Spa
One of the joys of skiing is having an excuse to pamper yourself at the ski spa at the end of a vigorous day on the slopes.
Make the most of the wellness room in your luxury ski chalet and have luxury spa treatments brought to you!
From revitalising facials to restorative massages, a specially tailored spa treatment works wonders in uncovering your skin’s natural radiance.
The Luxury Moisturiser
A hard working moisturiser is a vital addition to any ski holiday packing list. Slather it on at the end of a day on the slopes to wake up with refreshed, revitalised skin.
Here are some of our favourite luxury face creams;
-Crème de la Mer is a classic luxury product, and for good reason. This intense cream is full of natural sea botanicals to soothe and transform while you sleep.
– For those with sensitive skin, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s face cream is a revelation. Created by the revered dermatologist, this is where science meets skin care.
– Perricone MD Essential Fx Acyl-Glutathione Moisturizer is an intensive overnight cream designed to restore skin’s natural antioxidants with nourishing flaxseed and chia seed oils.
For the delicate skin around the eyes, choose a lighter eye cream formulated for the eye area.
The Sun Protection
Perhaps the most important element in your ski skin care routine is your sunscreen.
In addition to high altitude, the white snow reflects the sun while you ski, making the ultraviolet UV rays even stronger.
To combat this, choose a heavy duty sunscreen with SPF 50. Dermatologists recommend using physical barrier sunscreens rather than chemical UVA protection for sensitive skin.
Apply at least 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours. Don’t forget to cover tricky spots such as behind the ears and the back of the neck.
Here’s a list of the best luxury sunscreen brands around;
– La Roche-Posay
The Lip Balm
Your lips are highly sensitive to sun exposure due to the lack of melanin. There’s nothing worse than returning from a day on the mountain with dry, cracked lips.
Luckily, the solution is easy. A lip balm with added sun protection is your new best friend on the slopes.
Choose from our pick of the best;
– Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm
– Weleda skin food lip balm
– La Roche-Posay cicaplast lips
– Aesop Protective Lip Balm SPF30
The Hand Cream
Cold and wind can result in rough, dry hands, so don’t forget to protect them on the slopes!
Wear protective gloves and invest in a heavy duty hand cream to replenish skin. Go for anything with nourishing oils and anti-ageing properties such as shea butter or coconut oil.
The Vitamin Boost
Great skin comes from within. As well as eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, give yourself a helping hand with a few key supplements. Vitamin E, vitamin B and antioxidants are all great for skin reviving.
If you’re not a fan of supplements, try a vitamin C serum to inject life into dull skin.
Show Off Your Glow
With sparkling skin and bright eyes, you’re ready for a luxury ski holiday to remember!
And where better to show off your newfound glow than a luxury ski chalet! With massage rooms, five-star dining and access to the best nightlife in the Alps, a ski holiday with Alpine Infusion is the perfect setting to shine in.