My suggestions for some of the best winter skin savers around
Thinking of hitting the slopes? Then these are just a few beauty must-haves that really do work…
Sunshine on a snowy day
Protection from the sun is vital while on the slopes, the high altitude leaves skiers much more exposed to harmful UV rays which are magnified by the wide expanse of snow. Eco-Bloc (£8.99) is a portable, transparent sunscreen for lips, nose and face. It comes in a compact tube with a carabineer clip to attach it to your backpack or clothes. It contains organic ingredients and provides SPF30 protection. The solid formula means that it’s ideal when running after the little ones.
Let’s face it
Being out in the elements all day has a dehydrating effect on the face in particular. Mums should pack an intense moisturiser, such as Bliss’s Best of Skintentions (£25), which has an SPF15 and vitamins A, C and E, to use under your sunscreen or for après-ski to make sure you keep the wrinkles at bay.
For dry patches or chapped skin, you can’t beat Liz Earle’s cult Superbalm (£15). It contains plant oils and is safe for the whole family to use. Just rub on lips, elbows, heels and even nails for an intense moisture boost.
Connock London has also launched a multi-purpose balm. Apply The Kukui Wonder Balm (£18.50) to minor skin irritations and it instantly soothes. Kukui has been used by Hawaiians for centuries to keep skin soft and contains essential fatty acids which can help with eczema, psoriasis and dry skin. You may be in a wintery setting but this will instantly transport you to the tropics.
A great product for little ones is Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream (£5.50) which acts as a gentle barrier protection on children’s exposed cheeks, lips and hands.
Got to hand it to you
Despite your own hands being covered in gloves for most of the day, they can become dry and chapped in cold weather. There’s no need to neglect them. Slather on Olivina Napa Valley Olive Hand Crème, after using the Olivina Lavender Liquid Soap, which contains sea algae, avocado, aloe vera and olives sourced from California, for super soft skin.
L’Occitane’s Organic Shea Butter (£24), meanwhile, is super hydrating and can be used on hands and body and comes in a practical, slim tin.
Lips of course are most vulnerable when out in cold weather, so avoid them getting dry and sore by liberally applying a lip balm throughout the day, especially on the children. Good for guys is the Malin+Goetz Lip Moisturiser (£9) – it hydrates lips for hours at a time.
Easy does it
After a long day exerting muscles you didn’t even know existed, you’ll need Friction de Foucard (£16.50). It uses camphor, menthol, lavender and rosemary to restore tired and sore limbs. It’s used by the French Foreign Legion, so if it’s good enough for them…
Barefoot Botanicals Foot Soldier (£13.95) refreshes tired feet and softens hard heels.
While Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Gel (£19.50) helps release tension in aching muscles and joints. It has a localised warming effect for instant relief.
Head to toe
Tucked under hats, blown by icy gales, it’s no wonder that hair can become dry and brittle. Happy Hair Days Pomegranate and Ginger Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner (£3.99 each, from Boots) are made with no parabens or sulphates and contain natural ingredients, so are ideal for even the most sensitive members of the family. The gentle formula restores shine and body.
Give your body a kick-start with Get Fresh Naked Minty Menthol Body Wash (£3.99, from Boots), it’s guaranteed to get even the sulkiest teenager up and about on a cold morning.
Good Things Total Wipe Out Cleansing Wipes (£3.49 for 25 wipes, from Boots) are aimed at young and sensitive skins and are a pretty and practical choice for keeping complexions clean and clear while on hols.
Perfect for minor emergencies while away is Lanolips 101 Ointment (£11). The multipurpose ointment can be used for all manner of things such as on sunburn, skin abrasions, cracked heels, and sore noses from the cold. It’s a great all-rounder and can even be used on babies (nappy rash or sore skin), it is made from nothing but 100% pure clean medical grade lanolin which melts into a clear emulsion and is fragrance free.
Oh, and if the thought of watching your loved ones career down a black run unaided leaves you rather stressed, perhaps pack Tisserand’s Head Clear (£4.95). The pocket sized rollerball is a 100% natural essential oil remedy which you roll onto temples to ease headaches!