Chapped lips, broken hair and rosy cheeks? Sounds like you’ve been out in the elements. And nowhere slaps in the face more than a speedy zoom down a red (or blue or green or black, no judgement) slope in the Alps.
So if you want to look effortlessly fabulous at apres-ski (on top of being sporty and accomplished), then don’t worry. We’ve got some beauty heroes that will keep you looking and feeling fresh, no matter the weather.
If you’re not heading to the mountains this winter as, of course, many people won’t be, then these products can even save you from the chilly consequences of a brisk lunchtime walk around your local common.
Yep, that’s right. Your skin hates winter. But luckily there are ways to help it cope, if you felt so inclined…
Don’t buy products you’ll never use again – simply look for an extra moisture hit. A top tip? Embrace oils. ‘Even those who’ve never used hair oils should consider them to combat dry mountain air,’ says Karine Jackson, founder of the London salon in her name. ‘Smooth oil from the middle to the ends of the hair, then usea small amount of conditioner on top to lock in moisture.’
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Frizz Deep Treatment
Use this restorative hair mask after a day on the slopes (or just the morning after the night before).
Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother
This pre-styling serum uses hydrating oils to banish frizz.
Snow reflects UV rays, so don’t skimp on sunscreen. Opt for hydrating formulas. ‘Choose a broad spectrum (UVA & UVB) SPF, ideally SPF 50,’ says Harley Street-based facial aesthetician Dr Sheila Li.
Glow Hub Defend Yourself Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Easily absorbed sunscreen for everyday use.
Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen
This uses squalane to lock in moisture.
Clinique Superdefense City block SPF50 Daily Energy + Face Protector
Combines protection with moisture.
Moroccan Oil Hand Cream
An argan oil-infused delight.
Ole Henriksen Stay In Touch Restorative Hand Crème
Wage war on winter with this new antioxidant-packed cream.
Sensai Lash Lengthener Mascara
Winter can shorten your mascara’s lifespan, unless it’s Sensai’s new mascara. Must be removed with 38C warm water.
Tula Skincare Rose Glow And Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm
Concealer will only highlight under-eye dark circles. Instead, use a shimmering eye balm.
In winter, swap drying lipsticks for tinted balms. ‘Look for squalane, shea butter and lanolin,’ says Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme of London’s Adonia Medical Clinic.
Glossier Swiss Miss Balm Dot Com
Mountain air is dry, so you’ll need to up your moisturising game. ‘Key ingredients include hyaluronic acid and vitamins E and C,’ says dermatologist Dr Lukasz Adamek. ‘Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning that it binds water to skin, while vitamins E and C are antioxidants that fight damage caused by aggressors such as UV.’
Origins Ginzing Energizing Gel Cream
Banish sluggish skin – whether home or away – with Origins’ new vitamin C-packed moisturiser.
Olay Collagen Peptide 24 Max Day Cream
The niacinamide in Olay’s newest cream protects against aggressors, whether it’s biting winds or air con.
Cetaphil Hydrating Night Cream
For an overnight moisture injection, try Cetaphil’s hyaluronic acid-packed cream.
Lumene Nordic Hydra Aqua Serum
Apply this hydrating serum beneath your sunscreen.