Beauty Essentials to Bring to the Slopes This Weekend

BY Lindsay Tigar · February 1, 2018

Girl in winter clothing

Hey, it’s okay if the only thing getting you through the beginning-of-the-year madness is your upcoming ski trip. The soft peaks of freshly fallen snow, the peaceful, soothing ease of swishing down mountains and the post-mountain-trek hot chocolate (or beer!) that follows is enough to zen out your overworked nerves. While a ski lodge weekend does wonders for your mental clarity and anxiety levels, the cold temperatures and intense sunshine can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. Luckily though, there are plenty of ways to protect and replenish your skin before and after you hit the slopes.

Here, your guide to a healthy adventure that does just as much good for your skin’s vitality as it does for your soul.

1. Sunscreen that's easy to apply (and reapply)

(Not so) fun fact: even when the weather outside is frightful, the sun still shines potentially dangerous UV and UB rays that can cause sunburn. While you’re probably more used to putting sunscreen on by the beach than on the slopes, keeping up with your sunscreen habit—even while snowboarding—is a smart choice. To make it easy to apply in a hurry, or say, on top of a mountain, bring along a mineral sunscreen stick with an SPF of 30 and above.

Try: MDSolarSciences Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 40

2. Lip Balm with Sun Protection

If your lips are prone to getting chapped once the seasons change from steamy to freezing, being in higher altitudes might worsen your dry puckers. One easy solution is to apply—and reapply!—lip balm every time you think about it while on your rustic weekend away. A good lip balm will moisturize your lips and also provide sun protection at the same time.

Try: CoTZ Lip Balm SPF 45

3. Snow-kissed makeup 

After a hard day’s work winding down the peaks and up the lifts, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as grabbing a hot cocoa, apple cider or a round of brewskies. In addition to the natural flush that winter wind inspires on your cheeks, lighten up your eyes with this ski-inspired palette. Featuring a pressed highlighter in a cool, icicle-like color and one in gold, as well as two shades of blush and a bronzer, you’ll look snow-kissed in no time.

Try: Becca Cosmetics Apres Ski Glow Collection Face Palette

4. Hair treatment to counter helmet hair

Frigid temps, snow and static from your sweater and hat can leave your locks flat and frizzy. To the rescue is this dry oil mist that uses olive oil to fight against dryness and leave your strands smooth and silky without weighing it down.

Try: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist

5. Body cream to smooth rough hands and feet

Considering how much action your hands get—from carrying poles and skis up and down the mountain to posting on Instagram from high altitudes, you might experience cracked, dry skin after your weekend excursion. Luckily, a little bit goes a long way with this hand, cuticle and foot balm that easily will last you all winter long. It doesn’t hurt that its fragrant smell will freshen your bathroom, too!

Captain Blankenship Avocado & Peppermint Hand, Cuticle & Foot Balm

6. A calming body rub for indulging in that resort room

If only your bathtub at home could be half as luxurious as the deep, clawfoot plunges in lodges, right? Since you’re only able to savor the warm, zen vibes of these fancy tubs for a few days, take advantage of the opportunity with a relaxing aromatic escape. After a fragrant bath, lather on this lavender rub that uses vitamin E to soften your skin, removing calluses and muscle tension. The added essential oils—like eucalyptus and menthol—will also help against any sniffles you contracted from the slopes, too.

Try: Farmaesthetics Deep Lavender Rub

7. A muscle relaxant for when you pushed a bit too hard

Being sore after a skiing weekend is a great sign you gave it your all, but it might be painful to navigate once you’re back in your daily routine. Massage a bit of this natural, organic muscle-relieving-and-healing oil to feel better ASAP…so you can get back out there pronto.

Try: The Organic Pharmacy Arnica Sore Muscle Oil

8. Lip treatment to recover from the weekend

If even with the extra TLC you gave to your lips you still commuted home to find your puckers flaking and rough, consider doing an at-home exfoliating treatment to scrub away the dead skin cells. This set comes with a moisturizing balm and an antimicrobial silicone lip brush, which work together to heal and soften your lips. Turn on your favorite Netflix show, rest your tired ski legs and enjoy!

Try: Nurse Jamie NuLips RX Moisturizing Lip Balm and Exfoliating Brush

Lindsay Tigar

Lindsay Tigar is a travel and lifestyle journalist who contributes to a myriad of publications—from Travel + Leisure and Vogue to Glamour and countless others. She's a digital nomad who works from every corner of the globe, scoping ou... Read More >

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