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There’s a certain satisfaction that follows a ski trip weekend: pristine photos from the slopes, memories of sipping Irish coffee in a cabin, wearing flannel while admiring the crisp white abyss. But despite the many treasures a rendezvous at a chalet can bring, it’s also common to return with winter-worn skin. (Read: flakes, ruddiness — dare we say sunburn?) To ward off potential damage and compensate for the elements, you might just need to recalibrate your skincare routine. From barrier-protecting cleansers to SPF-infused lip balm (increased altitude equals closer sun proximity!), we’ve compiled seven products guaranteed to keep your skin supple before, during, and après ski. As its name suggests, the Summer Fridays® Jet Lag Mask ($48) revives post-plane skin (making it particularly handy for those jetting off to the Swiss Alps). But even if your transport is strictly terrestrial, this mask is still a must-pack. The thick, fragrance-free formula instantly cools and calms wind-chapped skin, thanks to moisture-trapping sodium hyaluronate. Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection and additional nourishment.
The Marc Jacobs® Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm ($24) is undeniably gorgeous. It’s practical, too, thanks to a healthy does of SPF 18 — which protects the (often-forgotten) lip area against damaging UV rays. Bonus: because it’s not tinted, it’s perfect slicked over any matte lip color. If you’ve rendered your skin raw from icy winds, the DR. JART+TM; Cicapair® Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 ($52) can bring it back to neutral. Not only does the formula contain soothing tiger grass, but also it features a green tint to cancel out excess redness. Racing down the slopes with the wind whipping your face is the perfect incentive to switch to an ultra-gentle cleanser — it’ll help prevent excessive irritation. Try one containing barrier-protecting ceramides, such as La Roche-Posay® Toleriane® Cleanser ($15). To ensure your skin’s moisture is at its peak on your vacation, start using a face wash like this one a few weeks before you depart.
As mentioned, sun exposure can be particularly brutal on the slopes (another reason: bright snow can reflect UV rays). Ergo, it’s imperative to slather on SPF despite the chilly temps. We love Elta MD® UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 ($25) for its versatile zinc-based formula, which can be used on even the most sensitive and/or acne-prone skin types.
You know that flattering glow you get from spending a day in the snow? Even if you decide to hang back at the cabin while your pals hit the slopes, a good cream blush can fake that cold weather flush. Try the Wander Beauty® On-the-Glow Blush Illuminator ($42), a dual-ended stick that features a dreamy blush on one end and a corresponding highlighter on the other. Bonus points for this product’s made-for-travel portability factor.
Fight cracked, chapped hands with the Deborah Lippmann® Rich Girl Cream ($28). The cult classic formula smooths skin and cuticles with shea butter, avocado, and jojoba oils, while SPF 23 wards off skin-aging UV rays.
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