The Ultimate Guide to Skincare for Skiing and Snowboarding: Protect Your Skin on the Slopes

The Ultimate Guide to Skincare for Skiing and Snowboarding: Protect Your Skin on the Slopes

Skiing and snowboarding are amazing winter activities. A day on the mountain can be just what you need to clear your mind and reenergize your soul. However, the harsh elements of winter can take a toll if you're not careful. Freezing cold temperatures, strong winds, and intense sun can cause dryness, redness, cracked skin, and sunburn. To ensure that you return from the slopes unscathed, it's important to take proper care of your skin before, during, and after your session. It just takes a few simple steps to enjoy all the thrills of these sports while keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, you'll be glad you protected your skin.


Female skier applying sunscreen on face with ski poles and snowy mountains in the backdrop

Before your session

  1. Drink water. Plenty of it. You're going to lose moisture. This is true in freezing temperatures and especially in dry air. Dehydrated skin is more susceptible to damage from the elements. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses during the day. Start strong in the morning.

  2. Moisturize your skin. Apply a layer of heavy moisturizer to your face and body before heading out on the slopes. Look for one that is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamins C and E. A good choice is Lira Clinical BIO Caviar Creme.

  3. Apply sunscreen. Sunburns can occur even in winter, so wear sunscreen that is at least SPF 30. It doesn't matter if you're in icy temperatures with a freezing wind chill factor. You'll be at high altitudes. You'll still feel the UV rays hit you. The snow reflects them back up under your chin and nose. Dry skin is one thing, but you obviously don't want sun-damaged skin. Consider using a mineral-based sunscreen that is gentle on sensitive skin and provides broad-spectrum protection. Apply a thick layer to all exposed areas, including your face, neck, ears, and hands. Lira Clinical SPF 30 Hydrating Solar Shield is optimal for your face. Protect your lips with a healing balm or lip balm.

  4. Wear the right clothing and gear. You'll want to stay comfortable, warm, and safe. Choose clothing made from breathable materials like fleece or wool under your jacket and pants to act as a skin barrier against the cold and wind. Of course wear a helmet along with goggles and gloves to protect yourself from the elements.


Male skier in blue jacket drinking water from bottle on snowy mountain landscape

During your session

  1. Rehydrate. Remember, you should be drinking at least 8 glasses throughout the day. Don't forget!

  2. Keep your skin moisturized. A lighter, versatile moisturizer like Opulent Glow Lavender Citrus Body Butter is great to keep in your pocket. 

  3. Reapply sunscreen: You're most likely going to be on the mountain for a while. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours for maximum protection to help reduce the risk of skin damage from harmful UV rays. Again, a broad spectrum sunscreen like Lira Clinical SPF 30 Hydrating Solar Shield is your friend here. Also reapply healing or lip balm. Chapped lips hurt.

  4. Take breaks. Every hour or so you should give your skin a chance to recover from the elements. This is a great time to do the above: rehydrate, moisturize, and reapply sunscreen. While you're recharging, it's refreshing to use a hydrating mist, like the Lira Clinical BIO Hydrating Mineral Mist.


Happy couple with skis enjoying sunny winter day on mountain with snow peaks in background

After your session

  1. Rehydrate again. Have you had at least 8 glasses yet? You will be thirsty.

  2. Apply a heavy moisturizer again. You'll need to restore lost moisture. If you've taken the right steps so far, you'll be in good shape. But it's still beneficial to replenish your skin as soon as you can. Again, Lira Clinical BIO Caviar Creme, works great. Top it off with a hydrating serum like Lira Clinical BIO Hydra C Serum.

  3. Avoid hot showers. Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, so avoid taking hot showers immediately after your session. Instead, take a lukewarm shower. It will feel soothing and restorative.

  4. Gently exfoliate your skin. Using a product like Lira Clinical Mystiq ILuminating Polisher will help remove dead skin cells and promote skin regeneration after a long day on the mountain. And as a general practice, exfoliating twice a week will help keep your skin looking smooth, radiant, and healthy, even in the harsh winter months.


Family in ski gear taking a selfie on chairlift with snowy forest in background

It's about having fun

Taking care of your skin shouldn't feel like an extreme sport. Be mindful of best practices while you hit the slopes and you can have a great time and return with healthy skin. Using quality skincare products are worth it to protect your skin so you can enjoy an amazing day on the slopes and many more for years to come.