No matter if you love to hit the slopes, or if your idea of sport is watching from in front of a warm fire, winter weather is rough on the skin. Check out a few new products designed to keep your face as fresh as that powder in Aspen or Jackson Hole.
And while you're at it, remember that skiing conditions are going to leave your skin pretty vulnerable thanks to the sun, the wind, and general altitude dryness.
"On top of all this, the snow actually reflects the sun, so when you're on the mountain, I always recommend to wear your sunscreen, ideally a mineral-based blocker with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide ingredient," says Dr. Sejal Shah, a dermatologist and RealSelf Contributor. "The key afterwards is moisturizing," she says, which means you'll want to bring out the big guns for your apres-ski skincare regimen.
"Look for a moisturizers that have soothing and calming as well as skin barrier repairing ingredients," Dr. Shah says. All the new products you see here do just that — and then some — to keep your skin looking and feeling beautiful after a long day on the slopes.
Skin Inc's Pure Serum Mist, $20 (1 oz.)
This one's perfect to keep in your very-warm ski jacket pocket while you're on the mountain. Packed with hyaluronic acid, which helps bind moisture to the skin, this serum mist is a quick and easy way to keep your face hydrated all day long. Use it while you take a break for hot chocolate or lunch in the ski lodge (it probably wouldn't make sense to spray this outside while it's freezing, but you do you) to rehydrate and refresh your skin.
Joanna Vargas Euphora Face Mask; $75 for 5 sheets
Combining aloe vera, a powerful anti-inflammatory, and Allantoin, this one will sooth and heal even the harshest mountain damage and leave your skin dewy and bright in that just-had-a-facial kind of way. This powerful mask also includes ingredients which help with water retention, to keep your skin super hydrated in even the driest of climates. If you'll be skiing for multiple days on end, it's a good idea to do one of these sheet masks mid-way and after your trip, Dr. Shah advises.
The thinner skin around your eyes is also going to take a beating while you ski. L'Oreal's latest anti-aging eye cream will come in handy then to de-puff and smooth the eye area and reduce those nasty crow's feet that get further exacerbated in drier, colder climates.
La Prairie is known for its luxurious Swiss anti-aging products (and packaging, if we're being honest) and even though the newest addition to their line is something of a splurge, it packs tons of power. Line Interception Power Duo's compact size and easy locking mechanism makes it perfect to travel with, and it's like buying two products in one — think of the day cream, with a broad-spectrum SPF 30, as your preventative line of defense against sun-induced damage that's bound to happen while on the mountain. Apres-ski, the night cream features peptides which help to stimulate skin restructuring and repair all that damage you're doing to your face at 1,000+ feet.
Skiing is going to leave your skin super sensitive, which means it's important to use a gentler cleanser than usual. Look for something with a more hydrating texture (read: Cleansing Butter) with soothing ingredients like chamomile or honey or turmeric. This luxurious option from Peter Thomas Roth combines all three and comes with a Konjac sponge puff which will help to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells.
Speaking of those pesky dead skin cells, a good exfoliation is going to be in order after back-to-back days of skiing and nights full of boozin' in a hot tub. DERMAFLASH is a new at-home tool that painlessly removes dead skin and even your fine facial hair, giving you a polished, radiant reset. "I think it's vital to make sure there is no sun or windburn before any skin treatment," says Dr. Julius Few, founder of The Few Institute. "It is also important that the skin is at baseline, in terms of hydration, before doing any form of exfoliation" Once you're in the clear, a DERMAFLASH treatment will actually help to improve the absorption of your products, meaning anything you put on apres-ski will become even more powerful.