How to look good in the mountains whether it's a blizzard or perfect bluebird day.

Siggy Baylis, STYLE ALTITUDE Beauty and Health Editor, reviews the essential must-have products for mountain life - testing the best from shred to bed.


  • Riding in full makeup is not a good look unless you are from Chelsea or Chekov and, therefore, one of the Glossy Tribe.

  • Riding bare-faced is, also, not a good look the day after, with a sunburnt nose, chapped lips and added wrinkles unless you are a  GnarlyTribe member.

  • A natural fresh beauty is a good look for all other tribes, but an ironic dollop of cosmetics helps to achieve both that 'natural' and 'fresh' effect.

  • Start with a spritz of P20 one spray a day sun protection, which now comes in Factors 15, 30 and 50+ as well as SPF20. Water-resistant, clear, non-greasy, fragrance and paraben free, it'll last all day on the slopes - or mountain restaurant deckchair (and is available in 100ml travel-friendly size for £13.23).

  • Or use a light tinted moisturiser with SPF protection to cover blemishes and smooth skin tone without caking.

  • Start the day with a little blusher on the top of your cheeks (after doing the park/steeps/off piste that pink flush will be natural). One of our faves is Nars Blush in Orgasm, £21.50 for a soft peachy shimmer.

  • Always use waterproof mascara (the only black runs you want are on the piste not down your cheeks).

  • Finally, a tinted lip balm with SPF will not only protect but also add lip colour. We love Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm - Sheer Pink Tint


  • You don’t want unnecessary pocket bulges, but you also don’t want Worzel Gummidge helmet hair when you stop for hot chocolate or go straight to après. So, either, do plaits, or do what seasonaire girls do and wear a beanie under your helmet (and keep the beanie on at all times). Alternatively, take a mini travel size can of Batiste dry shampoo (in which case you also need a mini brush or comb), and appear salon-fresh after a day’s riding in a hot helmet (expect dagger looks from post-helmet slick-lock girls)

  • Always keep a small tube of sun block for your face (don’t forget underneath your nose because of the sun reflecting off the piste) to apply throughout the day. And lip balm (see above).

  • Also, a small nail file because nails (like hair) often become brittle in the mountains and break just putting on a glove.

  • Wear mirrored goggles or sunglasses (or travel with a friend who does) so you can check how you look on the chairlift.


  • Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Mountain air and high altitude sun is incredibly dehydrating (and, therefore, ageing). Same goes for your hair which can, literally, break off in subzero temperatures. We are fans of the iconic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, £25.

  • If you don’t want to take a suitcase full of cosmetics to the mountains, then a small tub of Nivea is as good as many more expensive brands. Moroccan hair oil, also, comes in small bottles and replenishes hair shine/ texture.

  • Strengthen nails overnight with Dr Lewinn's Renunail Strengthener, £17.50. 

  • Remoisturise and repair chapped lips with Dr Hauschka Lip Balm containing St John's wort extract and silk, 4.5ml,, £10