Sure, summer has its beauty buzzkills (sunburns, bleached-out highlights, we could go on). But it’s winter that offers up dry, flaky skin, static-y hair, brittle nails, and chapped lips. Two women who combat the elements every day—pro snowboarders Elena Hight (that's her above) and Silje Norendal—let me in on their beauty routines, must-have products, and importance of wearing sunscreen in the winter.
What’s your usual beauty routine like?
Elena Hight: “I try to keep things simple: bronzer, a bit of blush, and waterproof mascara. I love Bobbi Brown and Bare Minerals."
Silje Norendal: “I clean my face every night and morning using cleanser and hot water, then I put on a moisturizer with sunscreen. I put on a bit of foundation under my eyes, a little bronzer, mascara, and liquid eyeliner."
What are your must-have products?
EH:“I’m constantly on the road, so I always have a good lip balm, a natural hand sanitizer, waterproof mascara, and bronzer with me.”
SN: “During the winter, bronzer is my go-to product. It’s just to get a little bit of color.”
How do you protect your skin from cold, dry air, and wind?
EH: “The harsh cold, wind, and sun definitely affect your skin and hair. I always wear sunscreen—I love the Shiseido one for everyday use. I also protect my hair with coconut oil or Moroccanoil."
SN: "When I'm on the mountain, I make sure to use a little extra moisturizer. I'm also always equipped with a good lip balm and moisturizer with sunscreen."
Does your skin get irritated?
EH: "No, because I drink plenty of water and use coconut oil. I also love Bobbi Brown's Advanced Moisture Cream for my face."
Do you have a favorite lip balm?
EH: "I love Chapstick with SPF in it while I'm snowboarding. I also really like EOS Lip balm for moisturizing after the hill."
SN: "Nivea Sun Protect SPF 20 helps keep my lips from getting sunburned or dried out."
Any other cold-weather tricks you can pass along?
EH: "I've found that painting your nails, even with a clear coat [of polish] can help them from breaking in the cold, dry weather."
For more on winter beauty, check out: • 7 Winter Skin Solutions
• 4 Easy Winter Dry-Skin Solutions
• How to Make Your Hair Look Cute in the Freezing Cold
PHOTO: VANESSA ANDRIEUX/VOLCOM