We’ve all heard of après-ski massages for mountain-weary bodies after a day spent conquering the slopes, but it’s not just our muscles that need attention. The skin suffers, too, when exposed to the harsh elements of a ski resort. In cold temperatures, skin's ability to hold moisture can drop by more than 25 percent; add to that the extra-dry conditions of high elevations, and you can wind up rough, chapped, flaky, and red. Here are three treatments that address various issues to return your skin to its most radiant—all at some of our favorite ski destinations around the globe.
Stein Gold Oxygen Facial at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah
In Park City, like all ski destinations, dehydration is problem number one, but there's also the added issue of windburn, which can leave the skin red and sore. The Stein Gold Oxygen Facial is favored here for the addition of green tea and hyaluronic acid, both of which help skin retain moisture. The treatment also includes an application of organic beauty label Kypris’s 1,000 Roses Elixir, made from the essential oil of 1,000 Bulgarian roses, which will soothe and heal environmentally worn skin. Facial, $195; 7700 Stein Way; 435-649-3700; steinlodge.com.
Ultra-Hydrating Facial by Clarins at Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa, Switzerland
Clarins' HydraQuench line is a vital part of this treatment thanks to the inclusion of Katafray bark extract, an ingredient made from a tree indigenous to Madagascar which can help strengthen the skin’s protective barriers and treat roughness. Add a peel and a special facial massaging technique meant to help the skin absorb the products more deeply, and the benefits of this facial will linger long after you’ve left the treatment table. Facial, $160; Sonnenbergstrasse; 41-81/378-9999; tschuggen.ch.
Arctic Berry Facial at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado
This seasonal treatment focuses on restoring the skin’s natural radiance with a three-pronged attack: exfoliation, a peel, and intense moisturization. The facial targets collagen loss, dehydration, and inflammation—among the most common side effects of skiing, due to UV damage from the sun's reflection off the snow. Botanical ingredients like hibiscus seed extract and jojoba oil promote hydration, and the treatment also includes a manual exfoliation using wild cherry bark, a natural microbead that gently scrubs away dead skin cells to reveal a more luminous layer of skin. Facial, $225; 130 Daybreak Ridge Road; 970-748-6200; ritzcarlton.com.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Hotels