Ski Beauty Survival Kit

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From the most protective lip care to moisture-rich face creams and innovative SPF formulas, we share the skincare line-up that will come to your rescue when you’re on the slopes and up against the elements.

Off Piste

Kick start the day with an invigorating cleanse to get you in the mood for an action-packed morning on the mountain. Bursting with brightening actives, This Works Light Time Cleanse & Glow is powered by water-activated vitamin C to illuminate tired-looking skin, and free-radical fighting vitamin E to help prevent damage caused by environmental aggressors.

Keep dry or flaking skin, caused by cold temperatures or abrasive outdoor air, at bay with REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic. Gentle enough for everyday use, this skin-resurfacing toner unclogs pores and boosts radiance, leaving skin fresh, smooth and able to better absorb skincare.

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Ideal for dry complexions, Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator SPF 8 is formulated with essential fatty acids and omega-7 rich macadamia oil to help retain moisture levels and restore skin’s elasticity while protecting from and repairing sun and wind damage.

Mask imperfections and even out skin tone with Erborian BB Crème Nude. Designed to deliver a sheer, natural look, this skin-perfecting formula moisturises, nourishes and delivers a velvety-soft finish without being too heavy. Complete with SPF20, it’s ideal for sunny days on the slopes.

While a full face of makeup may not be your priority, give lashes a quick coating with waterproof mascara. Thanks to its beeswax base Eyeko’s Sport Waterproof Mascara thickens the appearance of lashes while remaining water and smudge-proof, so whatever the weather conditions, your mascara will stay put.

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Pocket-sized Heroes

Slip Ultrasun High 30 SPF Ultralip into your salopette pocket and apply to lips on the ski lift or when you stop to take in the vista. As well as offering protection against sun damage, drying and chapping, it’s formulated with nourishing blackcurrant oil that prevents inflammation and smooths the surface of lips for soft, supple and hydrated skin.

Despite applying a BB cream in the morning, you may find that you need more sun protection as the day goes on. We suggest layering on Ultrasun Face SPF30 Travel-Size. It’s small enough to fit into a zipped compartment but will be enough to last you the week.

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Apres Ski

At the end of a long day skiing, run a hot bath and soak tired, aching muscles with REN Atlantic Kelp & Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Bath Oil. Key ingredient kelp extract is rich in magnesium, an essential mineral that our bodies use to support energy production. It helps with muscle recovery and can relieve aches and pains and reduce inflammation – so great for bumps and bruises. REN’s signature blend of aromatherapy oils, including sage, rosemary, geranium and cypress, has a de-stressing effect on both the body and mind, allowing you to relax and unwind.

After bathing, target any specific aches and pains or joint grumbles with Aromatherapy Associates De-stress Muscle Gel. The gel works by instantly cooling muscles down before warming them back up again for an ultra-soothed, calm feel.

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Formulated with a blend of botanical oils and natural wax, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve transforms dry, chapped hands that have been exposed to the whipping winds, providing glove-like protection against moisture loss and dehydration. We suggest keeping this on, ahem, hand, to apply when needed.

If you’re suffering from wind burn replenish lost moisture and quieten a rosy complexion with Darphin Intral Redness Relief Recovery Cream. Formulated with chamomile, peony and panthenol, it instantly calms and relieves irritation.

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