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Skiing Protection – Winter Skin Care

Winter Skin care on the Slopes


At this time of year, as the Glasgow snows recede, a number of my clients are heading off to enjoy a week of half-term skiing with their children. I am sure they will enjoy themselves however; what they and an awful lot of my clients do not appreciate is that snow and strong wind can wear away sunscreen, quite rapidly, and reduce its effectiveness so please take extra precautions and reapply your sunscreen during the day. Winter skin care is so important!


My son Geoff (22) goes skiing every year. Four years ago he went out on the slopes without applying his lip balm (lost it!) and his lips were badly burnt, they then swelled up and shortly afterwards blistered. This single problem, lack of effective winter skin care  practically spoilt his whole holiday. So needless to say he is extremely vigilant now!


At higher altitude UV radiation may be 45 to 50% more intense than at sea level and snow reflects up to 80% of the UV light from the sun, meaning you are often exposed to the same rays twice. Even on cloudy days 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds. It does well to remember that 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure.


  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF Sun Protection Factor of 30. I would suggest PRIORI® Advanced AHA Daily Defense SPF 30 as this comes with a skin cancer federation recommendation or the PRIORI® CoffeeBerry Natural Daily Protection SPF 25 if you prefer the all-natural option, which is also recommended. Vitage SPF 15 and SPF 30 are other great alternatives.
  • Apply the sunscreen liberally and evenly to all exposed skin, paying particular attention to ears, around the eyes, the neck, the back of the neck, the underside of your chin, scalp and the back of hands and fingers.
  • Always wear a lip balm with and SPF 15 or higher – Geoff always has a stick of Bare Escentuals SPF20 sunscreen for his lips. This is the best lip balm I have ever come across; it is an SPF 20 and contains a mixture of Shea butter and botanical oils to keep your lips supple, moist and smooth. has this product on special offer at the moment especially for my half term clients.
  • Don’t forget children are particularly vulnerable to sunburn and you should be extra vigilant in ensuring they are protected (all of the recommended products can be used by children).

Carry any of these products with you and reapply on the chair lift especially after those long black or snow blown off piste runs that you do daily. Even if you don’t ski as much as the kids and you take a little time to relax and indulge in the wonderful vistas, the coffee and pastries you should still reapply on a regular basis…Coffee and  gluhwein do not give the winter skin care protection you need from the Alpine elements!


All my clients are aware that I am passionate about SPF and EPF (Environmental Protection factor) products and making sure they protect their skin every day, even in our Scottish weather. So you can imagine how important it is to me to ensure all their hard work and skincare is not undone when they and their families when go on winter breaks.


Enjoy your holidays but please take care of your skin, after all you only have one skin and it is your constant companion……..

  • Posted by Trisha Harvey
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