13th December 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
Today I leave for la Plagne. I am going with Annabel, my tall, leggy, beautiful blonde friend form university and Justine, my sister and best friend in the whole world (you can count on me to post jealousy inducing posts on social media!). We are meeting a few friends out there and for a solid week I will be working my quads and glutes in the best way possible! For those of you who share my passion for powder and are perhaps going to be escaping to a romantic snowy retreat on honeymoon remember that extreme weather conditions can be harsh on your skin. You need to take care of it. Skiing, a sport that can leave your body feeling slightly sensitive, is one of the best ways to burn calories while developing your core strength. Today I am going to share with you my absolute must haves for when I am in les Alpes.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid sun protection junkie. I have rather bad pigmentation on my face and the only thing that I can do for it is to avoid it getting any worse, hence my suncream addiction. The white snow can be a death warrant for your skin because of the reflection that bounces straight up onto your face. A goggle tan isn’t chic so make sure you wear a high factor suncream. My sun protection of choice is the Chanel UV Essential. It has a lovely silky texture and smells pleasant, unlike lots of other SPFs.
If there is one thing you can count on the wind and cold for – it’s to dry you out like a prune! I always take a hydrating face mask, a hair mask and a really lovely rich moisturiser for my face. The I usually use the face mask twice in a week of skiing, the hair mask once during and then when I get home and as the for moisturiser, I slap that on twice a day, morning and evening. I love these moisturising face masks from Oil of Olay. They come in sachets and are the stretch and fit kind. They always leave my skin feeling really nice and plump and are the perfect remedy for harsh weather. For my hair I use trusty coconut oil over night. When you wash your hair in the morning it will feel like you have a coat of protection over your locks. I decant some coconut oil into a small container that I take with me so that I don’t have to cart my big jar around with me. Finally for my face I love putting on REN’s Omega 3 optimum skin serum oil. It soaks so beautifully into thirsty skin and can be just the thing to plump out any dehydration lines.
My top waterproof essentials you will need to know about before you hit the slopes are my three favourites that are out there. Mac’s suplerslick eyeliner liner isn’t only really user friendly but it also dries in 15 seconds and won’t be moved by snow or tears. Lancôme do one of my favourite waterproof formulas for a mascara which is the Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara. For foundation a really handy one for this occasion is Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick. It’s water resistant and will help lock in the moisture.
My lips are always the first to suffer when I’m on the slopes. I never ever leave the chalet without a lip balm in my pocket. You can select any one of these favourites of mine or you can choose the balm that makes its way into my Moncler each and every year, Creme de la Mer’s ‘The Lip Balm’. It’s flat and effortlessly fits into my pocket without bulking me up. The only annoyance is that it has a lid that is not easy to get off with gloves on. If you are clumsy I would recommend this from Chanel instead, it makes your 5 minute lift experience a much less stressful one in between runs!
I am such a fan of in transit muscle therapy. It 100% works and makes you feel like you have a teeny tiny little massage therapist at hand whenever your muscles feel like it’t all a bit too much. You can begin to feel it working instantly after application. I love to rub it into any aching muscles before I get into bed and again in the morning before I start to put all my layers on.
Depending on how seriously you take your skiing you will inevitably end up ‘glowing’ after a few runs, especially if the sun is out. Your base layers should be synthetic so that you can get those most out of wicking but an antiperspirant is certainly necessary, especially if you are an avid après fan. No one wants to be dancing on a table with your hands in the air next to someone who doesn’t indulge in and staunch layer of antiperspirant. Carrying a miniature can of Nivea deodorant in my pocket does wanders when it comes to freshening up in the ladies after a long day of skiing.
So there you have it girls, those are my absolute essentials when it comes to hitting the slopes. If you have any super products that you love taking with you to the snow let me know, I would love some insight into what you can’t do without?!