6 luxury skincare products for your ski holiday

Skiing does wonders for the body and the soul. Fresh air, exercise and mountain views are a fabulous way to kick start 2019. Alas the sport isn’t so great on our skin. Freezing winds, intense UV rays and dry air play havoc on the complexion. Here are six great products to treat your skin this ski season:


Even oily skin types can dehydrate after a few days on the pistes. Soap based regimes and water itself can strip the skin of its natural oils. Skyn ICELAND’s Micellar Cleansing Water contains microscopic oil molecules (micelles) which attach themselves to dirt, oil and makeup without stripping away natural moisture. With soothing aloe leaf juice, strengthening amino acids and vitamin rich nordic birch sap, skyn ICELAND’s gentle cleanser leaves skin clean, fresh and strengthened. Skyn ICELAND’s Micellar Cleansing Water $25.00 USD for 155ml.


Chances are your regular face cream won’t do enough to protect your skin from a dehydrating day on the slopes. QMS Medicosmetics Day Collagen is an intensely hydrating and protecting serum that strengthens skin by moisturising deeper down than traditional creams. An innovative formulation of Collagen Hyaluronic Acid delivers hydration to all layers of the skin, protecting it before dehydration sets in on the piste. QMS Medicosmetics Day Collagen, £67 for 30ml.


The switch from heated indoor chalets to frosty slopes can leave skin in a flux. JK7® Golden Face Oil is a luxurious blend of the purest organic essential oils, including jasmin, neroli, rose and patchouli. The natural and soothing face oil works with all skin types to rebalance moisture levels, while calming the effects of windburn and revitalising dull complexions. JK7® Golden Face Oil, $680 USD for 15ml.


The reflection of the sun’s rays on the snow calls for some extra SPF in your skincare routine. Dermalogica’s Protection 50 Sport is an ultra lightweight, waterproof formula which doesn’t feel greasy to the touch. Innovative oleosome technology boosts the effects of the SPF, while protecting against moisture loss. Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport, £33.50 for 155ml.

Lip service

Our lips suffer perhaps the most from the constant switch between icy slopes and toasty firesides. Treat your lips to a little TLC this season with SIBU’s Miracle Stick Balm – a wonderful all rounder which can be used not only on your lips, but also sparingly on your face to treat the effects of wind- and sunburn. The glide on stick contains organic sea buckthorn oil, a superfood boasting a host of powerful nutrients, including the world’s richest source of Omega-7, a fatty acid essential for healthy skin. SIBU Miracle Stick, $19.95 USD for 60ml stick.


Even if you’re wearing gloves, expect your hands to need a little extra hydration. Kai’s hand cream is a indulgent blend of rich shea butter, soothing aloe vera and conditioning plant oils. Infused with the iconic Kai scent of exotic white flowers, this cream smells divine and soaks in faster than any champion downhill racer. Kai hand cream, $19 USD for 60ml.

Comments (14)

  1. Sally Wilson says:

    I always claim that if I hadn’t spent so much time in my twenties on the slopes that I’d look a decade younger today. Back in the day, I worked as a chalet girl, spending every spare minute skiing. Of course, I was too naive to follow a proper skin care regime. If I only had listened to advice like this my face would look very different nowadays.

    • nina hobson says:

      Hi Sally,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’m Nina and I hear you! I put this round up together after doing just as you said throughout my twenties too… Now a little older and wiser, I’m in love with these products.

      Best, Nina

  2. Bob says:

    I’m a man who knows absolutely nothing about this sort of stuff.

    My daughter’s off skiing in a few weeks and she suffers a lot with cracked skin on her hands as well as chapped lips so there’s good advice here on what I can buy her to sort her problems. Otherwise I wouldn’t have a clue.

    She gets so excited about the skiing that she never plans properly for all the skin problems that go with the pleasure.

    • Nina Hobson says:

      Hello Bob,
      I wrote this round up so thank you for your kind words. As a sufferer of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and now based in Chile where we often head to the mountains these products are a god send for me.
      Hope your daughter enjoys her holiday!

  3. Kate says:

    I’ve always been worried about twisted knees and sprained ankles on my skiing expeditions. This piece has made me think again. There are other dangers too.

    I am a skiing addict, I go as much as I can and I’m lucky as we live near the mountains. I never realised how much harm it does to your skin. Time to think again and get the right products.

    • Nina says:

      Thank you Kate. Yes, I live in Chile where we are surrounded by the mountains and I hear you! I hope you like these products as much as I do.

  4. OMG thank you for posting!! I’m spending a weekend in the mountains next month and I’m freaking out about the dryness. my skin is already so flaky without my oils :( These are wonderful products… I will have to try!

  5. Adriana says:

    Thanks to this post, I can finally get my skin to look and feel good without having to sacrifice the adventurous soul in me. Skin and Ski is now sounding like every girl’s dream come true!

  6. Angela Basco says:

    These are the skincare products perfect after an exciting and chilling day in the ski slope. I think these are the essentials that we should also consider when we pack our bags for such trips because our skin is also prone to dryness during winter season. The combination of oils in the Golden Face Oil seems calming and rejuvinating for the skin. I will surely grab one for my next ski trip.

  7. Nina says:

    Hi Teniesha

    Thank you. I have dry, eczema prone skin too and these really helped – the JK7 oil in particular. Have a wonderful holiday!

  8. Justine Wright says:

    Micellar water is very popular over the last year or two and even though I use a much cheaper brand, I’d be interested in checking out the Skyn version as ‘arctic algae’ is an interesting ingredient I’ve never tried in a cleanser before! The hand cream also sounds lovely and I tend to prefer ones with a subtly pretty scent. Some creams soak in slower than a two legged turtle so a champion downhill racer speed is appealing! Would make a nice Christmas gift too for a little luxury.

  9. emma says:

    Thanks You, I can finally get my skin to look and feel good without having to sacrifice the adventurous soul in me.

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