When it comes to packing for a ski trip, it’s pretty obvious what you need to bring clothes-wise—heavy sweaters, gloves, a scarf, snow boots, and a warm hat are all givens. But what about skin care products? Do you need a special facial cleanser? What about a face moisturizer? Or a charcoal mask? These are all important things to consider, because all that time spent in snowy, cold temps can beat up your complexion, leaving you with the look and feel of rough, dry skin. Since we firmly believe that ski trips should be nothing but fun, we put together the below skin care routine to help you care for your skin in an unfamiliar chilly climate. So, if you want to ride the slopes without sacrificing the appearance of your skin, consider the skin care routine below when packing for your big trip.
Step 1: Wash with a Clay Facial Cleanser
When you’re dealing with colder temperatures, look for a facial cleanser that won’t over-dry your skin. Choose from the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, and L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser. Each of these three facial cleansers is formulated with three clays and transforms from clay to mousse when you add water. These facial cleansers help remove everyday impurities, such as dirt, oil, and pollution from the surface of skin without over-drying.
Step 2: Apply Moisturizer to Damp Skin
The blustery conditions you experience on the slopes can lead to the look and feel of dry skin. So, when you’re back at the ski lodge, apply a water-based moisturizer directly after cleansing (that means no toweling off!). Doing this can help lock in hydration. Plus, this type of moisturizer acts like a “boost” of H2O to help keep your skin hydrated. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal to Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin. Each of these three moisturizes is formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide continuous hydration.
Step 3: Apply Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen (and Take Other Sun Protection Measures)
Even though it’s cold out when you ski, that doesn’t mean you should skip sunscreen. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily as directed—and take other sun protection measures while you’re on the slopes, too. Make sure to limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), seek shade whenever possible, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. If you’re running short on time before you hit the ski trail, reach for a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30.
Step 4: Don’t Forget About Your Lips
Dry lips are never fun. Yet, somehow, we sometimes forget them when going through our skin care routine. To help make sure that your lips stay hydrated, be sure to stow a moisturizing lip balm (preferably one with broad-spectrum SPF) in your pocket. Trust us, your lips will thank you—especially when it’s time for that post-ski cocktail hour where you know you’ll want to layering on your favorite liquid lipstick. (Speaking of liquid lipstick, here’s A Smudge-Proof Liquid Lipstick Look Perfect for the Holidays.) Another tip for your lips: Try using a face scrub that’s also formulated for use on the lips to help exfoliate dead skin cell buildup from the surface of your lips. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Scrub.
Step 5: Try a Variety of Face Masks After a Day on the Slopes
After a full day of physical activity in frigid temps, recharge by slathering on a face mask (or three). To help you find your perfect match(es), we’ve outlined six of our best face masks. Find the right ones for your skin type below.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while gently cleansing stressed areas.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask: Formulated with charcoal, this face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while reducing the look of dull skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while reducing the look of excess shine.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while addressing rough skin for a smoother, more even-looking complexion.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: This face mask helps draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils while exfoliating dead skin cells from skin’s surface and smoothing the look of imperfections.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask: Formulated with AHA, imperial peony, and an ultra-fine mineral exfoliant, this face mask smooths and freshens mature skin in just five minutes.
Now that your face is read to hit the slopes, it’s time to style your hair so that it doesn’t get in the way while you’re skiing. To get the look, check out our article, How to Perfect a Mix and Match Ponytail Braid. Not only will your hair stay out of your face, but it’ll look perfect for all those snowy photo ops, too.