With summer feeling like a distant memory, it's time to start thinking about our winter holidays. For many of us that means dusting off the skis and hitting the slopes.
Ski season in Europe kicks off in December and runs right through until the end of April. People often think summer holidays are when our skin needs the most protection, but winter breaks can be just as damaging due to the glare from the piste, as well as dehydration and chapped lips to contend with. If you're heading to the mountains this winter, make sure you are well prepared in advance.
Here are some of my top tips to keep your skin healthy and protected.
Be sun safe
Being outside in freezing temperatures all day makes it easy to forget that while out on the slopes, we can still be affected by sunburn. On a sunny day, the snow can reflect up to 90% of the sun's rays, meaning that we are exposed to almost double the UV radiation. It is vital that sunscreen is applied regularly, ensuring that this is done 20 minutes before exposure to sunlight. As the UV is reflective, make sure that all skin not protected by skiing gear is fully covered including those easy to miss spots such as under your chin and behind the ears. Make sure the sunscreen is evenly spread, and focus on the areas that will be directly in the sunlight - the infamous skiing panda eyes are never a good look. Don't forget to re-apply throughout the day, and take short breaks in the shade, particularly when the sun is at its highest. We would recommend trying Calypso sun lotion for maximum sun protection.
After a busy day out on the slopes, it's easy to revel in the idea of a nice hot shower. However, a scalding hot shower can be bad for our skin as it strips us of our natural oils and can leave skin feeling dry. Ensure that you keep up a regular moisturising routine throughout the duration of your trip, for both face and body. Make sure that your moisturiser is fully absorbed before you head outside and face the low temperatures. Why not try Re-Gen cream?
Protect your pout
Chapped lips are one of the most common skin complaints amongst those of us who engage in winter sports, due to the harsh climates that we face. Combat this by ensuring you always carry a hydrating lip balm. I'd suggest using one with a SPF, as this will also protect your lips from the high levels of UV exposure.
Spending the day up in the mountains can be thirsty work, as you are outside all day and getting lots of exercise. Make sure that you drink plenty of water, as it is important to replace the moisture that is lost through exercise. I'd suggest drinking at least two litres throughout the course of the day.
Happy skiing! For further skin care advice, follow Seena Seka on Twitter: @SeenaSeka
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