We all dream of spending our vacations in a winter wonderland, relaxing with a good book by the fire in a log cabin as the snow comes down. But when we get there, we find that not everything is perfect because this climate can be very damaging and abrasive to our skin. 

To start, I’d like to share the different factors that can affect your skin while on a mountain trip. 

First—and this is one that many might ignore—is sun exposure due to the high altitude and reflectiveness of the snow. Another is dry skin, due to the nature of mountain air. Finally, the lack of oxygen can also dehydrate the skin.  

Despite all of this, Vail is one of my favorite destinations, so I make sure to take a kit of infallible products with me in order to keep my skin looking fresh, hydrated, and smooth. Here are some of the must-haves in my mountain beauty bag.

The Eye Concentrate from La Mer


This cream helps reduce undereye bags and wrinkles; it’s an absolute essential whenever I go skiing. Apply two times a day, before leaving your room and before resting after a long day on the slopes. Apply using the applicator and then massage the area under your eyes with this tool. This will help you get rid of that “zombie” look caused by the high altitude and lack of oxygen. 

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/la-mer-eye-concentrate

Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40


This primer is perfect for applying at the end of your skincare routine in order to protect your skin from the rays. It’s an invisible, unscented gel that you can apply uniformly on your face and neck 15 minutes before going outside. I always have it on me so that I can reapply every two hours or after coming down off the mountain. 

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/supergoop-sunscreen

EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44


I love this sunscreen because not only does it protect my skin from the sun, but it hydrates and moistens the skin. The combination of minerals and hyaluronic acid works amazingly. The best part is that you can apply it as a foundation, and it adapts to any skin tone. 

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/eltamd-sunscreeen

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara


After my skincare routine, I always apply a little bit of mascara to outline my eyes and make them stand out. One of my favorites is this mascara from Dior. It helps to create a voluminous effect and naturally extends the eyelashes. What’s more, it’s waterproof, so it’s ideal for outdoor sports like skiing. 

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/dior-show-mascara

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF 15


In addition to creating great color, this line of lipsticks hydrate, soften, and protect our lips thanks to the SPF15 and Vitamin E components. I love taking a classic red tone with me, knowing that I’m not compromising on protecting my lips just to make them look great. 

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/elizabeth-arden-liptint

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve


This hand cream is another one of my go-to products, and I always have it in my bag. The avocado oil hydrates our skin thanks to amino acids and vitamins, and the sesame oil gives us smooth, glowing skin. I apply this several times throughout the day to clean hands. I couldn’t survive without it. 

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/kiehls-hand-salve

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm


Just like a good hand cream, a good lip balm is essential. There are infinite options, and I think selecting the right one is a matter of personal opinion. I like the ones from Burt’s Bees because not only do they work great, but the company is socially responsible. Their packaging is made from recyclable materials, their products are cruelty-free, and they only use natural ingredients. That’s why I take this little yellow tube with me everywhere I go.  

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/burtsbees-lipbalm

Clarins Santal Face Treatment Oil – dry⁄extra dry skin


This oil containing natural extracts is perfect after a long day. I mix a drop of it into my night cream and I rub them together until warm. Then, I apply the combo to my face and neck, using light pressure. The aroma is relaxing and it helps me wind down. Sandalwood, cardamom, and lavender calm and stimulate the skin while hazelnut softens and smooths the skin and prevents dehydration.

You can purchase this product here: https://sira.link/clarins-face-oil

Nowadays, there are all sorts of products that can help our skin combat winter weather. These are some of the ones that have worked for me, but the most important thing is being consistent and remembering to apply the products frequently. 

Whether you’ll be spending your days sitting in the chalet or skiing down a black diamond, skincare is essential. So, don’t only pack your favorite Moncler jacket…be sure to take all the products you’ll need to achieve radiant skin on your mountain vacation. 



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