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Keeping Your Skin Protected on the Slopes

As we're coming to the end of the ski season, I know there will be a few of you who will be taking advantage of a last minute break before the snow disappears. However, the combination of cold temperatures, harsh winds, and high altitude can leave your skin feeling dry, irritated, and vulnerable to damage. To ensure your skin stays protected and radiant while hitting the slopes, here are some of my top skincare tips to keep in mind:

1. Hydrate Inside and Out:

Cold weather and high altitudes can lead to dehydration, so it's essential to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to maintain optimal hydration levels. Additionally, use a hydrating moisturiser with ingredients like hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and prevent dryness. I love the Forll'ed Nourishing Cream for the super cold and windy weather. it's packed full of their super hydrating Hyalogy molecule to keep your skin plump and glowing up and down the slopes! You also need some amazing vitamins to keep your skin hydrated and healthy too. Don't forget you can buy skinade in travel sachets too so you never have to be without.

2. Apply Sunscreen:

Don't underestimate the power of the sun at high altitudes. UV rays are more intense in mountainous regions, leading to a higher risk of sunburn and skin damage. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating to all exposed areas of your skin, including your face, neck, and ears. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you're sweating or spending extended periods outdoors. My favourite is always the Nimue Sun-C SPF 40 as it's super nourishing as well as protective. It also contains antioxidants to prevent free radical damage whilst you're on the slopes.

One of my favourite products to protect your skin from the harsh conditions has to be the Nimue Element Barrier. Although it's not an SPF (so don't forget to wear your spf underneath), it protects the skin from environmental changes such as hot and cold weather, wind and dehydration. My clients love it when they're outdoors as it prevents the redness that you can get from extreme temperatures - such as skiing, holidays in very hot countries abroad where you're in and out of air con and even windy dog walks in the day.

3. Protect Your Lips:

Your lips are particularly susceptible to dryness and chapping in cold, windy conditions. Apply a nourishing lip balm with SPF to keep your lips hydrated and protected from the elements. The Forll'ed Protective Cream for lips is one of the most luxurious lip treatments I stock and it's so hydrating and nourishing. It contains hyaluronic acid to really keep your lips plump and dewy.

4. Wear Protective Clothing:

Dress appropriately for the weather by wearing layers to stay warm and dry. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics that draw sweat away from your skin to prevent moisture buildup and chafing. Don't forget to wear a hat, scarf, and gloves to shield your face and hands from the cold winds and snow.

5. Use a Gentle Cleanser:

After a day on the slopes, remove sweat, dirt, and sunscreen buildup with a gentle cleanser. Avoid harsh, drying cleansers that can strip your skin of its natural oils and exacerbate dryness. Opt for a hydrating cleanser that cleanses effectively without compromising your skin's moisture barrier.

I love my Cleansing Beauty Balm for skiing as it's super nourishing with it's balm like consistency. It won't strip your skin and will remove all traces of sweat, makeup and dust that might be stuck to your face after a full day on the slopes.

6. Replenish Lost Moisture:

Treat your skin to a nourishing face mask or moisturising serum after cleansing to replenish lost moisture and soothe any irritation. Look for products with hydrating ingredients like glycerin, and aloe vera to restore hydration and promote skin repair.

The one I love to recommend is my Vitamin C Serum. It contains hyaluronic acid, glycerine and aloe vera to hydrate and soothe the skin. The vitamin C will also help to brighten and protect the skin from free radical damage too.

7. Don't Forget Your Eyes:

Protect the delicate skin around your eyes with a hydrating eye cream or serum. Skiing can cause your eyes to water, leading to redness, irritation, and dryness. Apply a gentle eye cream with soothing ingredients to keep this area hydrated and refreshed.

One of my most popular eye creams is the Nimue Anti-Ageing Eye Cream and also the Forlle'd Platinum Eye cream. Both are incredibly hydrating and can help treat fine lines and dehydration around the delicate eye area.

By following my skincare tips, you can keep your skin protected, hydrated, and radiant while enjoying your time on the slopes. Remember to prioritise hydration, sun protection, and gentle skincare practices to keep your skin healthy and glowing all winter long. So, slather on that sunscreen, bundle up, and hit the slopes with confidence, knowing your skin is well taken care of.

Thank you so much for reading,

Emmaline x


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