-Truly, Ney-

It’s the most wonderful cold, numbing my hands & ears, time of the year. Yes, even Arizonans are freezing their butts off this time around but you’ve already heard us complaining. Truth is, we’re babies when it comes to the cold weather, not to mention the snow. But don’t be fooled by our heat climate and blinding sun. We get snow too and we make the most of it. (at least some of us do)

-Truly Ney-

-Truly Ney-

You see… us south westerners, lovers of the sun, can immediately spot a change in our skin, face, and body once we hit the cold/snow. I’ve picked up a thing or two throughout the years of skiing that I do routinely every time I take a trip up to the mountains. Today I’m sharing some of my must-have must-do’s with you.

-Truly Ney-

-Truly Ney-

January-February is probably one of my favorite times of the year to be in the Valley. We welcome snowbirds, host many national events, and plan our ski trips up north. I’m looking forward to taking a ski trip soon this year, which had me thinking of some of the shopping and preparing, I must do ahead of time.

-Truly Ney-

-Truly, Ney-

For starters, skin care! I always switch my beauty products from summer to winter, but I especially make sure to treat my skin accordingly when being in the snow. UV radiation is significantly higher at high altitudes so the first and most common skin issue is sunburn. I always make sure to wear SPF30 on a daily basis but I like to bring an easy to spray on to reapply through out the day. By the way, don’t fall for those ridiculous high SPF protectors at 150. NO such thing, it’s BS! There is no proof of it working any better than SPF 30. The real trick is to reapply every 2 hours. And follow up high aloe vera afterwards. This applies to summer too.

-Truly Ney-

-Truly Ney-

I also like to use a hydrating serum and moisturizer to keep my skin from looking dull and more vibrant. Truth is with visiting high elevations, a simple moisturizer will not effectively keep your skin moist and hydrated. After using a gentle cleanser, I use a hydrating serum then I layer on a rich moisturizer to seal in the serum and protect my skin from the elements. The trick is to do this ahead of time and continue all throughout the season. Commit! One week of treatment isn’t going to do miracles.

Make sure to wear a scarf or facemask and goggles. Cruising those black diamonds at high speeds could result in windburn, which cause dryness and irritation.

-Truly Ney-

-Truly Ney-

-Truly Ney-

And on that note, as cute as you’d like to look on those slopes you must always dress appropriately. In this case, practicality over cuteness! I learned this the hard way. I won’t bore you with the details but I once ended up in the paramedics from being close to hypothermia all due to bad weather and non-waterproof pants. So I’ve listed some of my favorite waterproof coats and picks, along with my go-to beauty products below for your next ski adventure or a simple winter getaway.

P.S. Drink water of course. Tons of water!

TRULY,

-Ney

-SKI essentials-

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