How To Beat The Cold When Skiing
The best time to go skiing is between December and April – which is the main ski season in most resorts. Whether this means enjoying apres-ski, slipping over in the street or snowball fights, the main aim is to not come home in a full cast. Even if the weather is not freezing, you can rest assured that your skin will take a good beating from the wind, sun and the constant change in temperatures.
Ski-proof your skin with an SPF sunscreen and SOS skincare balm.
If SPF is non-negotiable at sea level, it’s crucial at high altitudes on the slopes. The sun can be extreme when skiing, at times feeling constant with little shade. The sun's rays reflect off the snow hence why it is so easy to burn without even realising until the end of the day. Keep reapplying your sunscreen to avoid being badly burnt. Bear in mind that the higher the altitude, the higher your SPF needs to be.
When temperatures dip the skin’s natural protective barrier is attacked and becomes thinner. When the temperatures hit sub-zero C, the sebum glands are overused and blood circulation to the skin deteriorates, especially on the nose, ears, hands and feet. The headwind can feel far colder than it is, resulting in what is known as the wind-chill factor. When skiing reinforces this effect, the skin becomes dry, cracked and flaky. All this means that the skin barrier becomes thinner and the skin renews and repairs itself far more slowly. This is where the SOS skincare balm can be a lifesaver by acting as a protective barrier and insulating your skin against the elements.
Pack light and stay warm
If you’re stepping straight from the slope to the bar, insulation is key. The Wild Atlantic Changing Robe will keep you warm on any mountain terrace. The Wild Atlantic Wet & Dry Changing Robe is a warm and cosy fat fleece-lined zip-up with kimono sleeves. Through a waterproof and windproof outer layer, the insulating fabric prevents you from feeling cold and wet. The lining helps draw any excess water from melted snow away from the skin to preserve energy and regulate your body temperature.
While it sounds like a bulky item, it is quite the opposite. The Wet & Dry Changing Robe can be folded up tightly into a compressed compact bag to save space whilst travelling, allowing you more room to pack those extra layers that you need for the slopes.
In addition to staying warm on the slopes, you should prepare for dressing off the slopes by changing your helmet over to a beanie. It’s common knowledge that most of the body heat is lost through your head, so keeping it comfortably warm is vital. The Wild Atlantic Beanie is made from 100% recycled polyester making it a moisture-wicking material because it is breathable, lightweight and quick-drying, all while ideal for sweat management.
Don’t let the cold ruin your fun
Although going skiing inevitably puts you outdoors whilst it’s cold, there are plenty of ways to keep warm and protect your skin so that you can enjoy yourself as much as possible. Be sure to check out our Wild Atlantic Bundles in preparation for hitting the slopes.