Whether you’re visiting the Alps to partake in the many sporting activities on offer, or simply stopping by to take in the breathtaking scenery of snow-tipped mountains and clear blue skies – the cold conditions call for a change to your beauty routine. Icy weather and changes in temperature can be combated by investing in the latest winter beauty products, all available to buy in the region’s exemplary luxury boutiques.
Every seasoned skier knows that hitting the slopes can take its toll on your complexion. Be prepared this ski season by stocking up on cult moisturiser Crème de la Mer. Devotees around the world purchase this product season after season for its unique ingredients and wondrous results. A nutrient-rich formula ensures that all skin types stay nourished and hydrated. Just a small amount applied to the face and neck, and around the eyes – both morning and night – will leave you feeling restored and rejuvenated.
Sisley offers a fantastically rich face mask, best used as a twice-weekly treat for the skin, which features linden blossom. Easy to use and the perfect size for any beauty bag, it is suitable for all skin types and leaves a healthy glow and an even complexion. Follow up this treatment with Aesop’s Elemental facial barrier cream, specifically designed for dry, sensitive skin and those exposed to cold and harsh conditions. Providing the extra hydration your skin needs in the mountains, this special formula creates an effective barrier to protect against dehydrating elements. Ensure that your lips are just as well looked after in the cold with Aesop’s protective lip balm, which has an SPF of 30.
One outstanding local beauty brand is Susanne Kaufmann, whose team of pharmacists and dermatologists combine the latest science with natural ingredients to create luxurious products. Skin-specific formulas ensure these organic creations are suited to individual skin types and beneficial for both face and body. Skin is likely to become quite sensitive in the cold and Susanne Kaufmann’s Tonic Soothing will tackle any redness. With a formula containing chamomile, sage and St John’s wort, the gentle tonic can be worked into any skincare routine, and can also be used as a refreshing cleanser throughout the day, keeping the skin hydrated and soft.
For a more intensive hydrating treatment, the Susanna Kaufmann Moisturizing Mask leaves skin feeling pampered and relieved of any tension. The special ingredient, wheatgerm oil, stimulates the metabolism in the skin’s tissue while strengthening and invigorating it; the calming effect of extract of pansy enhances its nourishing effects. For something a little more indulgent, the brand’s bath products – made using natural oils such as ylang-ylang, patchouli and lavender – are a luxurious treat. A drop in a relaxing warm bath is perfect after a strenuous day on the slopes, and the beneficial aroma and rich texture soothe aching muscles, protect the skin and lock in extra moisture.
Care for your hair
In the wintry climate of the Alps, it’s tempting to concentrate all your efforts on keeping your skin nourished, but remember to take extra care of your hair as well. Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair is at the top of our beauty list this season. It is packed full of natural proteins and oils to repair, strengthen and protect your locks. This firm favourite has been given a makeover for this winter, and now comes in contemporary and eco-friendly packaging that looks great in any vanity case. Follow up this deep treatment with the shampoo, conditioner and intensive restructuring treatment from the same range to reveal hair that is salon fresh.
It’s easy for perfume to become an afterthought in your winter routine, but finding the right fragrance can be just as important as anything else. Luckily, a range of exciting and indulgent scents can be found in the top shopping streets throughout the Austrian Alps region, leaving you spoiled for choice. If you’re searching for a richer, warmer scent to go with your favourite winter attire, look no further than the sensual and feminine B Balenciaga Skin. With peony and cedarwood, this warming fragrance is a powerful scent that is easily detected through layers of cashmere and wool scarves and sweaters. For a classic scent with a twist, try Burberry’s My Burberry, created by master perfumer Francis Kurkdjian. With its fresh sweet pea, bergamot and geranium notes, it will last from your first run of the morning until well into the night.