With the holiday season nearly upon us, some of you may be lucky enough to be jetting off to celebrate the festivities boarding down the slopes of Whistler, watching the Northern Lights over Reykjavik or snowshoeing in the fells of Lapland (I quite fancy all of these actually…).
I have twice been overseas for the christmas period; once to New York and once to Paris. Neither reached much above 2ºc during the day and both were well and truly deep in snow. I loved both these trips and would definitely spend another christmas outside the UK (suggestions please), especially if the likelihood of snow was greater than it is here!
When going away to (possibly) colder climes you need to be prepared for every eventuality when it comes to your skin. Just because the chances of snow are high doesn’t mean that you should forgo your sunscreen, you skin need just as much protection and nourishment as it does in the summer – if not more!
Believe it or not, staying indoors can be just as hard on you in the winter; Central heating can really dry out the skin so even if you aren’t going away this winter, make sure you stock up on those intensive moisturisers and balms.
Even though you may be thermal-ed up to the nines, don’t forget that your face is still exposed to the elements. The snow can reflect about 80% of the suns UV rays so with the added altitude of mountain ranges then sunburn is as likely as if you were on a beach (UV radiation increases 4-5% with every 1000ft above sea level*). Remember to re-apply regularly!
N.B it is worth baring in mind that this sunscreen is pretty thick and will leave a white coating to your skin so if you are more après skiing than actual skiing then it may not be the one for you…
What are your favourite skincare essentials to take on winter holidays?
Wherever you go (or don’t go) have a happy holiday!
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* Skin Cancer Foundation
** Please note this is the limited edition packaging. The balm will return to its usual packaging in the new year :)
Main Image: Aurora Borealis via Wikimedia Commons